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Re: Twin coils on ebay
Original poster: "Steve Rosenthal by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <sdrosen-at-cwia-dot-com>
It seems to me that ignorance is bliss. The "what if"s are endless. I know
that there is a lot of tesla coil gear and other potentially dangerous items
sold on Ebay and other auctions online and off, .....consider the government
auctions of just high voltage gear alone. Liability and risk are part of the
game with Tesla coils, what does it matter if you sell them or not? What if
a couple of the neighbor kids break into your house while your on vacation,
fires up your coil and fries his buddy? Is that covered by your homeowners
I can appreciate your position and concern, but where does one draw the
line? Tesla coils are DANGEROUS, people who experiment with them have a high
risk tolerance. Those sorts of folks are willing to take calculated risks
and if there like me... get a thrill from the experience. We aren't
"normal", we are definately a rare breed of folks, and have something in
common that is typically uncommon... We like noise and to create lightning
bolts in our garages, basements, back yards, bedrooms and dens. Look at the
early pictures of Bill Wysocks coils in his typical southern Cal. suburban
back yard!! Ever wonder what his neighbors thought every time he fire the
thing up. I mean we've got teenagers here pulling out the dryer at their
parents home and tapping into their mom and dad's 220vac to run pole pigs on
the patio.... MAN!!!!! So thanks for the advice, but I think a lot of the
people reading this already know that and we are hoping for the
best.......the odds are in our favor according to my scoresheet, what will
be will be.
"A client between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats"
"Whats 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean.................a good
S. David Rosenthal
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2001 5:54 PM
Subject: Re: Twin coils on ebay
> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> To Mike, and everyone selling or renting Tesla coils, parts or services:
> As a retired and inactive attorney I cannot give legal advice ;-) But...
> can tell you that I am concerned for those of you who fit this category.
> Mike, I haven't seen the waiver you intend to present to the buyer of your
> beautiful twin coil -- but have you thought about the fact that you could
> exposed to liability if someone Other Than the buyer is injured by this
> regardless of what the buyer signs? This is only one of many issues that
> needs to be covered in a waiver/sales agreement that would protect you in
> event something, sometime, goes tragically wrong. Product liability laws
> extremely broad and it would be nearly impossible to write a waiver that
> protected the purveyor of HV components or services without a large amount
> legal research -- or existing expertise in this field of law. (I have no
> expertise at all in this area and am not offering my services.)
> I am definitely not trying to be a wet blanket here, but I have grown fond
> this List and its contributors and I would hate to see someone's life
> up by a lawsuit that your homeowner's/renter's insurance Will Not Cover.
> hope everyone in the category of purveyors will get good legal advice
> wandering into the talons of a personal injury attorney. The (very few)
> professional coilers on this list know what I am talking about and do not
> need my advice. But I am concerned about the rest of you...
> Though I doubt any of you few professionals will respond, it would be a
> service to members of this list if you have any helpful comments to offer
> this subject.
> Michael Tandy
> > Hello All,
> > I FINALLY got my Twin coil system up on ebay...
> > http://cgi.ebay-dot-com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1617224991
> > Check it out
> > -Mike Novak