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Re: Safety note: was Differences between "bad" streamers and "good" streamers
Original poster: "Ed Phillips by way of Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-qwest-dot-net>" <evp-at-pacbell-dot-net>
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> That's some pretty doggoned impressive looking streamers!
> Are they just hitting a drywalled ceiling? One note of safety
> you may need to consider is a possible fire hazard. Yours
> truly was doing just that inside a vacant room of the house
> that I was residing in at the time several years ago and I
> started noticing a smell of something burning. I kept notic-
> ing it and being a firefighter by profession, I decided to
> find out where the "smell" was coming from. I looked out-
> side of the house and discovered that there was a little bit
> of smoke oozing out from underneath the cornice. I quickly
> ran up into the attic and found that the cellulose insulation
> directly above where I was firing the coil (with its beautiful,
> bright streamers hitting the ceiling with reckless abandon)
> had ignited into a smoky, smoldering fire. I quickly grabbed
> a pot full of water and poured it liberally onto the smoldering
> insulation. Left an ugly water mark on the ceiling but at least
> the house was still standing!
> Bottom line, most of us are very careful about the electrocu-
> tion hazards of our hobby, as well we should be, but I think
> sometimes we tend to forget the fire hazard aspect of it. And
> streamers, especially those from powerful coils, can start a
> small smoldering fire in textile or wooden products that we
> may not even notice until it's too late. If I had just left the
> house right after playing with the coil before I had noticed
> the smell of smoke, I may very well have come home to a
> pile of ashes! I'm in no way trying to take a pot-shot at Mark
> and I'm sure Mark dosen't take it this way. I'm only trying to
> make us ALL a little more (fire) safety conscience about our
> hobby from some first-hand, personal experience.
> Spark safely,
> David Rieben
Seems to me that this is a long-overdue note. Every time I see
pictures of very impressive pictures of massive streamers striking
ceilings, walls, or electrical equipment like grinders I wonder about
fire and insulation breakdown.