To All Coilers...
Ever since I stood in the total darkness of the Hangman's House of Horrors
last October, playing my theremin to scare folks as they walked by and had
an idea of building a coil for this upcoming October, I have learned much
from all the list contributors.
My modest 6 inch coil is well on the way to completion. The concept for the
use of the coil with appropriate safety measures provided by respected list
members, has been accepted by the management of the haunted house. I hope
that it works and is as successful in its intended purpose...to make the
patrons "wet their pants" as Dr Resonance so aptly put it.
But ever since I began to understand what a Tesla Coil did and having seen
a reasonably sized one in operation last May and learning what was involved
in building one, there has been one question that has gone unanswered.
I do not mean to start a war or an unending thread.
That would be my last intention. I owe much to all the posting people whose
knowledge far exceeds mine in matters Tesla.
But I really want to know why...
If it were not for the Hangman's House I do not think I would ever really
want to build a coil.
But there are those of you who not only start with a coil capable of 6 inch
streamers and keep building more and more until 10 footers or more are
attainable. As a challenge, I recognize that.
People build cars to go faster. Athletes are always trying to better a
But, what real purpose does a coil have other than to scare someone or
worse, injure or kill or merely light fluorescent tubes?
Once someone has achieved that 10 foot arc...what becomes of the coil once
it's power has been shared with all either in person or on the web?
This may sound like blasphemy. But this posting is truly a desire to
understand something of the philosophy of the coiler that so far has
The truth is out there and I want to believe...someone once said.
Help me to understand. And I will thank you all.