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Original poster: "Jim Lux" <jimlux-at-earthlink-dot-net>
First, you have to be facing directly geographic north, at the stroke of
midnight, after sacrificing a goat to the winding gods...
Nope, no easy way, it's always a pain.
1) the more you handle the copper, the more it work hardens and gets
stiffer, which is bad
2) Touch the tubing as little as possible when taking it out of the box.
try to use the natural curvature that's already there rather than uncoiling
3) If you make your supports have a bit of a "snap in" feature, it's a lot
4) Nylon cable ties make dandy temporary hold downs as you scoot the turns
around to make them all even
5) Don't get the order of your supports wrong.. If you carefully arranged
them to spiral out 1/4" on each of 4 supports, and you get number 2 and
number 3 backwards, you're going to fight a long time before figuring out
what went wrong!
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From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 1:34 PM
> Original poster: "Emmett Secrest" <secrest2032-at-msn-dot-com>
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> Okay, I've always thought of myself as a capable do it yourselfer. Years
> experience with woodworking, metal fabrication, etc. But tonight when I
> tried to place the .25" copper tubing in my form, for my primary coil, all
> my previous experience went out the window and I turned into some kind of
> greenhorn with two hands that were all thumbs. GOD there has to be an easy
> way to accomplish this task. Would someone be so kind as to tell me how
> this can be accomplished without totally screwing up the roll of copper or
> without the use of drugs. LOL
> All advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I started out
> trying to feed the tubing through the holes in my supports but quickly
> found out that wouldn't work. I then cut the support in half along the
> centerline of the holes thinking this would ease the problem and that then
> I could fasten the upper half back down to hold everything in place. This
> isn't working either since you cant keep the individual turns in place
> while you try and place the other turns.
> Emmett Secrest