RE: Large Variac Help (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 21:37:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Michael Baumann <baumann-at-proton.llumc.edu>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: RE: Large Variac Help (fwd)

On Thu, 15 Jan 1998, Tesla List wrote:
> Just chunk a piece of copper tubing in the variac.  That's what God gave
> us circuit breakers for.
> Steve Roys
What is your variac rated at? If it's anything less than 20A, You 
are just begging to smoke that poor beastie.
A 15A circut breaker actually trips at closer to 17.. so you could
have an overcurrent condition for quite some time - causing minor
things like the romex in your walls getting too hot, leading to
nasty little things like fires. The type that take a long time
to get really going.
Not fun.
ghod gave us fuses to make up for the inadequacy of circut breakers :)

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