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tesla coil grounding? Answered

I am building a tesla coil, the first i have ever built. I know that one side of the secondary coil is supposed to be grounded (the other side being the donut). Problem is, i am not clear where to ground it to. The ground socket on the wall outlet? a nail stuck in the ground? the negative terminal on the first transformer? I'd like to have this straightened out.

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crashbash
crashbash

10 years ago

you have many options where you can ground it, just like comhippy said if you use the ground in your house it will destroy and appliance with a lower voltage then the coil (basically everything) but you can connect it to a pole and stick it into actual dirt, or you can have come fun with it, try sticking the ground wire in a bananna or somthing (please dont use anything alive)

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jamilm9
jamilm9

11 years ago

eather the ground in the wall of a metal pole that is stuck a few feet into the ground.

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Comhippy
Comhippy

Answer 11 years ago

Not the wall, It would fry everything in the house.

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jamilm9
jamilm9

11 years ago

btw if your using a nst make sure you ground the case of that