High voltage wire
From: Bill the arcstarter [SMTP:arcstarter-at-hotmail-dot-com]
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 1998 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: High voltage wire
It was written:
>>Cheap source for high voltage wire?
>Regular wire with some non-metalic rubber air hose around it.
Careful here! I recently tried using some automobile vacuum hose for
this and here's what happened:
Measured insulation resistance on the outside of the tubing at points
about one inch apart: Read >20 Megohm
Inserted a piece of #10 copper wire into either end of a three inch
length of the same type of hose. Measured the resistance from end to
end: Read 300 ohms. More than enough conductance to light an LED off a
9v battery, much less act as a better conductor than nonconductor for HV
This stuff was completely unsuitable for the purpose which I had
intended. Of course I didn't discover that until I had incorporated
about twenty small pieces of the stuff into the HV device...
You might be OK using clear vinyl tubing for a HV insulator...
-Bill the arcstarter
Starting arcs in Cinci, OH
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