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Time to Play: Farraday Cage or Lightning Rod ?

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Celerity, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    The smoking section outside is in a tent. It's firmly bolted to the ground and made to withstand winds. It's got a heater and a few lightbulbs with a motion sensor. It's totally cool.

    It's made of steel fence posts lagged to the concrete. The electrical is fed through the pipe and under the concrete to the building. For good measure, it goes to the generator rig.

    So imagine a large steel cage, lagged to the ground, with electrical being fed through it.

    There is a huge lightning storm.

    Should I, or shouldn't I go for a cig ?
     
  2. efhondakid

    efhondakid My name is Byron. VIP

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    Sure, just wear a foil hat and hold up some golf clubs, and yell "Come on I dare you" Just to let you know that you have a better chance of falling out of your bed in the middle of the night and dying, than being struck by lightning.
     
  3. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    You don't know my luck.
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    yeah, I think it's a faraday cage, so I'm going for a cig.
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    if I don't post anymore, dacheat gets the CRX.
     
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    Just make sure you got some good rubber soles on your shoes...
     
  7. efhondakid

    efhondakid My name is Byron. VIP

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    Fair enough.

    That little bit of rubber int going to do jack.
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    +1. Electricity arcs 1/4 inch per every 5K volts I believe. Seeing that lightning is an electrical arc several thousand feet long, the rubber isn't gonna do much besides smell funny.
     
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    yeah I know just a little sarcasm.
     
  10. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    For the size of the tent compared to the size of you, it really isn't going to make much difference if there's just a rod at the tip going to ground or if the whole tent is a true Faraday cage. As long as it's solidly tied to ground and the metallic structure goes above you, the tent has more attractive potential to the lightning than you do. ;)
     
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