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Re: Touching the Power
Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <FutureT-at-aol-dot-com>
In a message dated 8/15/01 11:14:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Welcome to the list. Folks have touched the sparks and lived,
but I don't recommend it. Too many dangers of injury or death.
The skin effect doesn't really apply much to humans because
the skin depth is about 17" deep for human flesh at typical Tesla
RF frequencies. The reason one does not feel an RF HV current
is because the nerves don't have time to react to the fast
alternations of the current. The nerves could be damaged, but
you may not feel it. Depending on the type of power of the coil,
the RF can be very uncomfortable and shocking.
> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <rblaisdell-at-
> Now I am sure this has been talked about before, but I am new to the
> I want to know the facts on the skin effect and how dangerous it is to
> allow an arc from a tesla coil to run throught the human body.
> I have seen photos of arcs coming from finger tips, but knowing that
> pictures are so very easily manipulated to enhance an illusion I am not
> going to touch my coil.
> Has anyone on the list done this or seen this done and lived to reply to
> this message?