Re: Desktop Coil ground? (fwd)

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Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 20:02:18 +0000
From: "John H. Couture" <couturejh-at-worldnet.att-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: Desktop Coil ground? (fwd)

  Michael -

  You are asking the wrong question. You should ask " why is a Tesla coil

  This is not an easy question to answer properly.

  However, a small desktop coil would not require more than a connection to
the house electric ground at the wall outlet. In fact the NEC would require
this of a UL approved electric appliance. A homemade Tesla coil is not UL
approved, neither are some other physics demonstrations. Be aware of the
possibilities so you can handle them if they arise.  

  I have built several small coils that produce 5-6 " sparks and more. I
used a 7500 volt, 30 ma neon transformer. Don't let me discourage you. There
are plenty of Tesla coils in physics labs across the country.

  John Couture


At 04:34 PM 1/19/98 +0000, you wrote:
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>Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 08:27:36 -0800 (PST)
>From: baumann-at-proton.llumc.edu
>To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
>Subject: Desktop Coil ground?
>I am in the process of designing/building a desktop coil for a friend
>that is a physics teacher. Can you think of a better way to get kids
>interested in science that arcs? :)
>Anyway: It is pretty obvious that said coil must be small,and that is 
>not really a problem. What is a problem is how to ground the beast.
>The instructor is not allowed to do little things like pound 8ft rods
>into the ground outside the class.
>[Proposed coil would be: 1"x10" 28awg, with a 2-3" spherical topload`
>I will have to find ferrite toriods or sticks to build the protection
>circut. At this frequency, he will be able to use a small cap, and yet
>still get 5-6" arcs at least.
>Michael Baumann  Optivus Technology Inc.|Loma Linda University Medical Center
>San Bernardino, California. (909)799-8308 |Internet: baumann-at-llumc.edu