Jacobs Ladder

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Introduction: Jacobs Ladder

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I love my neighbor’s garbage I call it the parts department. In this, instructible I am building a Jacobs Ladder out of an oil burning furnace ignition. Play the AVI to see it in action.

Step 1: The Parts and Tool

Ignition transformer
Screwdriver
Power Cord
2 Crimpons
Coat hanger or wire
Pare of pliers

Step 2: Ignition Transformer

Ignition transformer runs on 120 volts 60 cycle 2.1 amp
And puts out 10,000 volts 23 ma.

Step 3: Assembly

Open the Ignition transformer and install the power cord with the two crimpons and test.

Step 4: Make the Probes

Bend the coat hanger or wire to shape and adjust so it arks. Remember this is powerful enough to kill so adjust the probes with the power off and unplug it.

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I have found that the improved jacob ladder works a lot better than before since I have replaced the tape that anchors the copper strips with bricks. Thus the problem with the heat changing the position and stopping the flow of plasma no longer happens. Here is another video taken this time in the dark.

looks good, I'm planning to make one as soon as I get an ignition transformer