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Topic Title: Recklessly producing household electricity
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Created On: 23 November 2012 05:27 PM
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 23 November 2012 05:27 PM
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AdrianWint

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I've just spotted this news article on the BBC site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-s...side-central-20463857


Seems very bizarre! Does anybody have more details of what a "bizare homemade transformer ......man made assembly ....... suspended from the ceiling by thin ropes" might be?

I wasn't aware that transformers occured naturally!

Edited: 23 November 2012 at 05:42 PM by AdrianWint
 23 November 2012 05:41 PM
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Sounds interesting, if only error message 404 didn't spring up each time I try to link to it....

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 23 November 2012 05:43 PM
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Fixed link ..... i think!
 23 November 2012 06:01 PM
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Yes it works now.
Yes very interesting
"culpable and reckless generation of electricity"

I must admit this chap has some knowledge of earthing or in this case providing transformer separation via suspension with non-conductive ropes..

I think we need more info regarding the source of generation unless the battery through an inverter was being used.

The petrol stored in a flat might be a little hazardous though.

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 23 November 2012 06:45 PM
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Originally posted by: Legh

Yes it works now.

Yes very interesting

"culpable and reckless generation of electricity"



I must admit this chap has some knowledge of earthing or in this case providing transformer separation via suspension with non-conductive ropes..

Haha. Wasn't our old pal Mr Cockburn, by any chance

I think we need more info regarding the source of generation unless the battery through an inverter was being used.



The petrol stored in a flat might be a little hazardous though.



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 23 November 2012 07:30 PM
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Well one could argue if it was not for the reckless antics of our pioneers for instance, Tesla who demonstrated with his faraday suit in public how a.c. was safe we might still be stuck in the dark ages with Edison's d.c. system of a power station for every ten houses.

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 23 November 2012 07:49 PM
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Possibly a polarised ariel tuned to capture a local source - a few people have done it with tuned coils in the attic using the old TV signals ?

just a guess though

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 23 November 2012 08:28 PM
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Sheriff Way asked: "I don't quite understand - how does one culpably and recklessly produce electricity?"


Good on him...

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 23 November 2012 08:28 PM
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i suspect the ropes may have been an attempt to dampen the noise from the gererator he was running on the petrol

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 23 November 2012 08:31 PM
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Originally posted by: stateit



Sheriff Way asked: "I don't quite understand - how does one culpably and recklessly produce electricity?"




Good on him...


he may have attached it to his consumer unit without disconnecting the incomming supply, that could be considered reckless.

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 23 November 2012 10:46 PM
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Remember the story about the farmer with the coils of barbed wire lined up under the HV overheads?

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 23 November 2012 11:21 PM
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Originally posted by: OMS

Possibly a polarised ariel tuned to capture a local source -


OMS


Ariel is washing powder among other things. Did you mean aerial?
 24 November 2012 12:03 AM
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 24 November 2012 09:13 AM
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Originally posted by: sparkingchip

Perhaps this one?


lol. i had to watch the first minute to get that.

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 24 November 2012 09:32 PM
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It's in the title.

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 25 November 2012 06:07 PM
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We used to get Free Lektrik, just enough to power our radios.

A long piece of wire as an antenna and a connection to ground would happily power some old world war high impedance headphones or a crystal earpiece.

We always got Radio 4 on low volume - never anything else.

but it was free and we could use it as a telephone system by talking into one half of the headphone and listening in the other - OK we had to speak quite loudly but it did work and `twas a big improvement on the two tins and a piece of tight string between them.

High tec to us

LOL

Actually it wasn`t Radio 4 `twas the Home Service I think

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 25 November 2012 06:20 PM
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It was in the local paper yesterday, in the 'around the courts section'. Still no info as to what he was doing, a lot f speculation, but thats the rags for you!
 25 November 2012 07:55 PM
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surely what the guy was up to in his own ohm was his business........
 25 November 2012 10:08 PM
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I think its great that individuals find interest in experimenting with the physics and chemistry of electricity.
But, there comes a point where experimenting becomes a health hazard to those living in close proximity to the experiments, particularly in a block of flats.

Public information films, HASAWA , EAWR and the supply regs (ESCR) didn't exist when the originators of electrical experimentation were in their infancy so there were no rules to be broken.
I assume that all these rules were developed so that 'culpable and reckless generation' could be controlled within some form of safety guidelines?

So as long as you have the space then experiment, but this particular case sounds like a way of avoiding paying utility bills......

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 26 November 2012 07:59 AM
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Originally posted by: savcab

surely what the guy was up to in his own ohm was his business........


Especially if you close the doors.

"What happens behind closed doors is nowt to do with anyone else"

So you close your doors and torture, murder, rape and pillage, put other folk in danger and disregard all health and safety laws.

I think not



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