Re: A tale of two tap washers...the saga goes on, an on

Arvid Evans <arvevans@...>

Sam & other BITXers

Your measurements explain my results then. Instead of tap/faucet
washers I used 1/4 inch slices cut from "1/2 inch" PVC pipe (the
schedule-40 or medium-thick-wall type). These measure about 13/16" OD
and 5/8" ID.
In my BITX20 I followed Farhan's instructions regarding the nunber of
turns and my coils came out nearly perfect for inductance value.

I just wound a second set of coils using the PVC material and
facilitated the winding process by cutting a slot in the plastic
former. This means I did not have to thread the wire through the core
150 times. These new coils check out on the dip meter as also being
on-the-money for inductance.

It is interesting that these "air-core" toroids exhibit some of the
same characteristics as ferrite cored units. My dip meter does not
get a strong coupling to the coil itself unless I add a coupling loop
through the core. I thought that phenomena was due to ferrite
channeling the magnetic field, but maybe the shape of the coil has
more influence than I thought.

--- In BITX20@..., Sam Caldwell <samc@x> wrote:
Hans Summers wrote : which G0UPL travels to his local hardware store to further
the nature of the infamous tap washers, and in particular the
between ordinary and "delta" washers.
Both are know as 1/2 inch tap washers but both measure more than
1/2 inch
(12.7mm). As close as I can measure with my ruler:
As I understand it, the " half -inch' refers to the bore of the water
pipe with which they are associated - and includes three-quarter and
one-inch as part of the series.

A typical "half-inch" tap washer in the past would measure perhaps
three-quarters of an inch dia., but in more recent times the
proliferation of fancy bathroom ware has given rise to a variety of
custom taps (faucets) with their own washers.

My own houshold taps ( I'm told ) have ceramic washers which ( I'm
told ) never wear out and ( I know ) are drip-free.

Regards, Sam C.

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