January 10, 2014
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Circuit Smoke Test!
I could no longer stand it. Time to apply power and test the circuits.
Things were put away well enough and the floor cleaned. Other work caught up, So I hooked up the power supply and turned on the switch. The spark gap hissed nicely and there were no loud noises. I took out an old florescent tub, turned off the lights and examined the fields. Emm……….. kind of weak. Turned things off after 10 minutes and had a late lunch.
Later in the evening, turned the lights off. Now dark and tested again. Discovered illumination inside the disk. After some crawling around found an arc, a short between the back of the pin cushion and the shell coil ground wire. Almost the center of everything, Damn! now I must take things apart and reroute a wire and seal the old route.
At least this design can be taken apart and changed. pg
October 17, 2013
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Condenser Disk on shop deck
The disk has moved or at least we moved it!
Yesterday afternoon the deck/ceiling of the warehouse/shop was sufficiently completed and I had 5 strong men, me included, available. We moved the experiment to it’s new home. FINALLY! Still creating walls within the timber framing and it needs a roof. Maybe tarps this year and a real roof next year. At least, now the disk has a home where I can work on finishing it and set up testing mounts. Below the deck is a warehouse dug into the hillside. The front wall, seen here. is masonry, 10 feet down into bedrock with the backside wall at ground level. more on this later. pg