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Re: [TCML] calculating primary thickness and surface area
I wasnt being condesending. You can use a heavy wire (suitable for the
current). It costs much less then tubing but is problematical as it
represents a strike point. (owing to its small radius of curvature). Of
course minimizing materials means tightly spaced inductor winds.
Unfortunatly when the turn spacing is tight, wire with its tight radius of
curvature becomes a source of arcing between turns.
I have wound over 600 ft of tubing for primaries this year alone, yes it is
And you are welcome for the advice!
On Dec 4, 2007 12:42 AM, Bill Lemieux <gomezaddams@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Dec 3, 2007, at 2:49 AM, Jared Dwarshuis wrote:
> > You can use a heavy wire
> What does the phrase "heavy wire" mean to you? It might mean something
> different to me. No, don't answer, I'm already annoyed enough (from
> reading ahead in the message) to not want to continue this conversation.
> > and it will handle the current.
> Right then, 14 gauge solid house wire it is. **rolls eyes**
> > However wires have
> > a small radius and like to arc between winds. So you can use wire
> > but it
> > becomes rather risky.
> Yes. I have in fact built a Tesla coil before.
> > You may not like empirical advice, but it is the best advice that
> > you are
> > going to get.
> May I borrow your crystal ball? Oh wait, it seems to not be working
> too well,
> as I have already received advice considerably more helpful (and quite
> a bit
> less condescending) than yours.
> > Perhaps in time after making expensive mistakes you will see the
> > value of it.
> I have been building Tesla coils since around 1976. However, I have
> many breaks from the hobby over the years, and I don't stay current
> with all
> of the developments which others achieve while I'm not paying attention.
> There have been a lot of messages I've missed since this list was
> formed, so
> it seemed reasonable that someone might have a "rule of thumb" worked
> out for
> primary cross-sectional dimensions.
> Thank you for your oh-so-helpful reply.
> And now I have some advice for you: stop giving advice.
> - Bill Lemieux
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