Re: Brass spark gap dangers
Tesla List wrote:
> Original Poster: spam_proof-at-worldnet.att-dot-net
> Out of curiousity, what are some of the dangers of using lead or lead
> alloy for a spark gap? Is there some sort of hazardous chemical reaction?
> I'm not trying to disagree with you--just wondering if there's anything
> that safe handling of a Tesla coil wouldn't protect you from.
> - A. Banerjee
> On Thu, 24 Feb 2000, Tesla List wrote:
> > Original Poster: "B2" <bensonbd-at-erols-dot-com>
> > Hi All,
> > I just remembered some things about brass that I had found out a while
> > back. Certain alloys contain LEAD. Please do not use these for spark
> > gaps. McMaster Carr sells this in strip form. The expert machinists on
> > this list may be more informative.
> > Cheers,
> > Barry
spark gaps create ionized gas/metal ... ionized lead seems to be a
potential health hazard... lead in a gaseous form --- not good ...