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P2 of BORG1 year ago

Let see what fun I can gleen from this...

Ziggythewiz2 years ago
Where'd it go?
yeah where did it go
grenadier (author)  daisyalan2 years ago
To my website!
grenadier (author) 4 years ago
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"The toxicity is actually of little concern."

Media hype aside, the established body of medical and scientific research on these compounds does not support your statement.

It's your body; treat it how you will, but I urge you to please be careful about spreading misinformation such as the statement above.

Again, there are reasons that these oils have been banned since the 70's
wiki is not a reliable source bro.
wiki is the right source if it has the answer you are looking for, if you don't like or agree with there's,, there is alway "brittanica" or what ever agrees with you
grenadier (author)  cablemonkey4 years ago
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From Wikipedia: "Studies in workers exposed to PCBs have shown changes in blood and urine that may indicate liver damage. In Japan in 1968, 280 kg of PCB-contaminated rice bran oil was used as chicken feed, resulting in a mass poisoning, known as Yushō disease, in over 14,000 people. Common symptoms included dermal and ocular lesions, irregular menstrual cycles and lowered immune responses.Other symptoms included fatigue, headaches, coughs, and unusual skin sores. Additionally, in children, there were reports of poor cognitive development."

Yes, a simple task like "pulling a transformer out of a PCB filled x-ray head" probably wont kill you. But what you are not understanding is that there is a probability that it will cause damage such that if x amount of people perform the same task y amount will develop a health concern, some of which might be life threatening.

And to say something like mineral oil is also a carcinogen is petty. It is a matter of degrees. You can burn you hand with a match but you can do a lot worse with an acetylene torch.

You are not using these materials responsibly and as you're the one disseminating this information it is incumbent upon you to address health concerns and to not offhandedly dismiss knowledgeable people like cablemonkey who are trying to help you.
like he said don't eat it
I'm going to have to agree with grenadier on this one. The toxicity of polychlorinated biphenols is of little concern. The rice that caused Yushō disease was also contaminated with Polychlorinated dibenzofurans and Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins; both chemicals much more toxic than PCBs. Those PCDFs and the PCDDs were likely the cause of the health effects experienced by those people, with the PCBs having little to no responsibility.
bears03 years ago
that step wont delete because its the first step. lol you put all the information in the intro. although you probably already knew that.
deaks4 years ago
"Hopefully to the point where radioshack can actually start selling components again and not just phones and cameras."

Amen to that brother...
static deaks4 years ago
Unfortunately the chance of Radio Shack stocking electronic components, are slim to bone. I heard slim left town last week.. Might be wise to buy a few items each pay check to build up a personal inventory while RS still stocks them. YMMV the store here still stocks a limited selection, I hear others don't at all.
drusilla static4 years ago
Why even bother with Radioshack? Order online from places like Mouser or Digikey. The shipping cost is worth it because you'll be paying a normal price for components, instead of the Radioshack prices of something like a few dollars for five resistors.
can't forget ebay... bought a pack of 100 resistors for $1.10
static drusilla3 years ago
I'm not sure what the "normal" price is, but 4 cents for a resistor isn't really out of line. In regards to mail order I haven't found anything that comes in much better with all the charges are considered delivered to my door. Been there done that, and always revisiting it to see if it has improved. In 35 years it really hasn't. All things considered the local RS generally was the one to beat. The only thing that has changed is the inventory. Even that means there are new items RS now stocks that I can buy there for less than I can via mail order.
drusilla static3 years ago
I just don't think it makes sense to stock up on components at RS. 4 cents per isn't out of line, but RS doesn't sell things under .99 for a 5-pack. I do consider 4 cents per a perfectly fine price to pay for component you don't buy in bulk (<100 units, say?).

I think that most people, once they make a list of what they'd like to have on hand for projects, will find it cheaper to look online. It's fairly easy to show that is true if you're looking to stock up on about ten or so common resistor values, and very easy to show if you want to stock up on anything else as well, namely LEDs, transistors, 555 timer chips, hobby motors, switches....all the common project stuff.
static4 years ago
You have some laudable goals, Keep in mind it's hard to interest kids in new things if the cost prevents them affording what the other kids are doing. As you mention project that would interest them will be hard to come by High Voltage project may be one of them, they may also be ones that will prompt parent to apply the brakes. Who knows? You mentioned soldering irons. Before making any investment make sure you can compete with local established hardware, and box store. Who often stock Weller soldering irons Just basic soldering irons, but that's all a beginner needs anyway.
grenadier (author)  static4 years ago
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Most likely many(most?) parents wouldn't have a clue about current limiting, and still nix the idea. Minor burns they would understand.
Top stuff. Have you ever modified a MOT for high voltage I have and it's awesome?
Speedmite4 years ago
Wow, I just realized you were the same person who wrote the 'ible on the plasma speaker I had put on my to do list of things to make. Im trying to get into high voltage electricity, but time, money and parents slow that endeavor. It took some convincing to build a railgun. Thank you for this lengthy enlightening guide. It gives me more ideas to add to the list of things to do.

Also, havent checked it out, but my mom works at a place where the buisness upstairs does neon signs. Potential goodies.
csmit8034 years ago
hi people
grenadier (author) 4 years ago
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WOAH!! 1.3kw!!!!!!! MAXIMUM RESPECT DUDE!!!!!

im sure if you crank it into kilowatt range you would experience problems,but compared to all the lame oscillators ive ever built (555 astable,transistor flip flop,L.C oscillators,positive feedback audio amplifier oscillators....) this one realy shines!!....i still need to get used to having my semiconductors totally cool and my 0.7mm wire smoking ,as other stuff ive built generally have bipolar transistors breaking out in flames ,for panzy wispy sparks.

thanks for the info about the separate mosfet supply,but i think ill stick with 120w it seems a lot "safer" :)

grenadier (author)  themattar4 years ago
120W is for wimps, plug it into the rectified mains :p
grenadier (author) 4 years ago
3 FBTs? Awesome.
CrLz4 years ago
Fantastic- immediate Fav!

Read this, I hear evil chuckles of mad science delight....
grenadier (author) 4 years ago

And about the diode: I wouldn't say useful, as it is a regular slow diode and it will also probably die if you try to pull an arc through it. Some regular high current diodes in series would be much tougher than that puny plastic thing.
You might be able to wire them in parallel to handle more current, much like you can wire them in series to handle more voltage.

I haven't tested it, but the resistance from the assembly should be (diode resistance) / (# of diodes) because you're multiplying the area of the PN junction by (# of diodes). Since the cross-sectional area of a conductor is inversely proportional to resistance, and resistance is inversely proportional to current, by wiring diodes in parallel you should be able to pull more amps without subjecting each individual diode to more current than it's used to.

I've noticed that for passive components, you can (sometimes) multiply the voltage they can handle by wiring them in series, while you can (usually) multiply the current they can handle by wiring them in parallel.
t.rohner4 years ago
Very, very nice instructable.
This is one of the best instructables, i have seen so far.
5++++ and my vote for it. (The PCB-Lab, POV is in the same range)
I second, that not too many young people are interested in electronics. (Beside plugging in a game console...)
But there still are, you can see them here.
I made my Ham-license when i was 17.

I have a very funny story about my younger brother, a antistatic bag and a CW cascade.
I was hanging around in my room, playing with this CW, that was scrounged from a powder coating machine.
I had a grounding strap on the floor and a antistatic bag on it. (the metallized bags)
I zapped on the bag and after a short while, a spark ran around the bags edges.
I was quite amazed for a while, until i realized, that the spark vapourized the metallization on the edges.
I switched off the CW and wanted to discard the bag. Holy moly, i got a zap from the bag. After i thought about it, i realized i made a condensator by insulating the edges.

So i reloaded it and at that point my brother entered my room with one of his friends. He was around 8 then... I asked him, if he wanted a bag of electricity. He said, you can't put electricity in a bag. (Now he also works in electronics)
I teased him, ok, then take it.
The rest is history... and we still have a very good relationship.

grenadier (author)  t.rohner4 years ago
Heh, I've managed to get quite a jolt from a regular plastic sheet by charging it with a CW. There was no metallization at all, but it still held a charge somehow.
irwinner4 years ago
This is an amazing instructable. Having so much relevant and useful information in one place is so convenient. I've been meaning to make myself a a few HV power supplies for a while now and no I have no excuse not to. You've literally done all the work i would have needed to do for me already, thank you! you got my vote for sure, I hope you get your idea up and running soon, you will definitely have my business.
Electorials4 years ago
It's a really noce guide! Congratulations.
You've really explained Every possible thing you can that's related to the MOT.

It's also nice that you are trying to get people busy with electronics as their hobby.

osama_4 years ago
Great work man, Thanks
As so many have already said, awesome job! My electrical engineering students are going to get a LOT of mileage out of this. Thank you very much!
grunff4 years ago
Fantastic instructable, well done! That's the most detailed review of high voltage sources I've ever come across.

Someone this far into HV really needs to build a Tesla coil though. Look forward to seeing yours in a future writeup.
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