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Re: [TCML] need help

Hi Terry,
     How sold are you on this particular design?  I ask because if it has
to be the huge ring shape, it is going to be a difficult endeavor.  If you
were willing to do something much more simpler, like say a series of argon
pumped glass tubes radially from the center or the like, I can help with
that, and insurance won't be an issue at all.  See this video...
I can make several of these for you, for reference the power supply for the
one in this video was only 30 watts, and makes an "in air" spark you
couldn't see normally it was so small.  I won't make a power supply for you
as I can't do that and make it affordable to you, you'll have to do that on
your own, but since you are already considering tackling a Tesla coil, I
think you can handle that part, and if color isn't important, there are
cheap ($30) power supply alternatives.  I'd of course be willing to offer
any assistance I could.  At any rate depending on your budget, and how much
time you have until the show airs, this is a legitimate option to consider,
not as flashy as a true coil, but still very cool, and will catch the
attention of the audience.  Please contact me off list if you are
interested in this, and we'll see if I can help you.

Scott Bogard.

On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM, terry zollner <tzollner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> Hello to all,
> This is my 1st post at this club!
> I'm an avid admirer of tesla coils and the people that make them!
> I need some help with a tesla project for a school musical.
> I have seen several tesla coils in action and know what they can do and
> the dangers they produce.
> Here is what I'm trying to do
> I need to build a tesla coil that can be attached to 42 inch vertical ring
> that has a 6 inch plate in the center.The discharge would go from the small
> center plate to the outer ring.
> So here are my questions.
> question 1 What size tesla would I need to make to get discharges
> (roughly) 20 inches away?
> question 2 Roughly what would be the cost for the construction?
> 3rd question. If I put plexiglas on both sides of the ring will that
> contain the discharge?
> in other words can plexiglass shield you from the discharges.
> 4th question. If I do go with the plexiglass and make it air tight what
> would happen if I put argon gas inside?
> Will that make the bolts act differently?
> 5th question Can those bolts go thru wood?
> I've read thru your safety sheet, and believe I can create a safe
> environment, however that all hinges on what the
> static discharges will and will not go thru.
> My number one concern is safety of the actors and crew, which is the
> reason I'm contacting your club.
> I've been told this site has the best people with the most knowledge of
> tesla coils. So I'm relying on your expertise.
> So what do you think? Should I find a safer way( video or  lights), or do
> you think this is possible?
> terry
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