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Re: [TCML] In need of a HV transformer but not a neon
Glad to hear that worked for you in Seattle but where I reside (Memphis area), the local utility company is actually city owned and they cut cost as much as possible, which means they don't discard anything to the recylcer. They have their own transformer repair shop, so that kind of cuts out the hobbiest from being able toget their hands on anything usuable. It was once explained to me that any transformer that they discarded would pretty much be beyond all reasonable chance of repair. Would imagine some utilities may be "gun shy" about selling HV gear to individuals, too, due to liability.
From: Dave Halliday <dh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: 'Tesla Coil Mailing List' <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:31 PM
Subject: RE: [TCML] In need of a HV transformer but not a neon
Check with your electrical utilities.
I used to live in Seattle and their City Light maintenance yard has all
kinds of surplus transformers for sale -- picked up my PT there about 15
years ago. Dallas should be the same.
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> [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chris Jones
> Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 10:50
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> Subject: Re: [TCML] In need of a HV transformer but not a neon
> I should have mentioned my location in my first email. I live
> in east Texas about 2 hours from Dallas and 3-4 hours from
> Houston. As far as I'm aware there are no electrical surplus
> places near me. Having only owned 1 pt transformer before
> size and weight are obviously a consideration I have to look
> at. I believe the outdoor pt I had weighed around 80lbs and
> was dry insulated. I think that is sort of small for a pt
> since it was only 7.2kv and wasn't rated very high. I'm not
> above a pole pig if it's on the small size but ultimately
> weight is a factor as I do not own a truck to haul one around.
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