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Re: I give up!! I regret building my tesla coil!
In a message dated 8/21/00 8:18:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time, tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
WOW, nobody gives up with out a fight. when i was 14 yrs old an
electrician helped me make a tccoil and its output was close to 3 feet
without a toroid! boy i wished i had the exact plans NOW! we experienced
some type of flashover,the glass plate cap went boom and so did the water
heater element,and most of the telephones on the street! well it's 36 years
later and i'm coiling again but i know it will be a while before i see a
3footer!!! document-document-document. It makes it real easy to back up when
you hit a bad setup. otherwise you continue to fumble continuously and get
mad quick. I've been reading the mail and there are some of the best tc
tech's right here with all sorts of wisdom free and willing. I will try to
answer any scrounge questions you have from my email ka1bbg1-at-mcttelecom-dot-com
I agree with the documentation comment. I have kept a notebook since I first
started designing Tesla coils. The first several pages contain mostly
calculations and design ideas. Once the coils are finished, I record the
calculated and measured values for the primary, secondary and capacitor.
Then, each firing of the coil is recorded and results noted. I have gone
back to my notes innumerable times to see what happened with a particular
set-up or test.
While I, like most of us, have spent a good deal of money on this hobby, it
pays big dividends to spend several weeks going through the calculations and
design on paper before you actually start building anything. I am surprised
by the number of questions that I have seen on this list by folks that are
trying to get a coil to run and the components, values, etc. are not even
close to being in the ballpark. Other than our normal desire to keep scaling
things up in power and searching for longer sparks, poor designs are where
most money is spent. It will generally cost less to do it right the first
time than to redo the project several times to solve problems.
The morale of the story here is to spend the time on the front end, the math
and the design on paper and save money and frustration later.