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[Towertalk] Tailtwister won't turn.

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Subject: [Towertalk] Tailtwister won't turn.
From: (Tom Rauch)
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 06:45:06 -0400
> I heard/read/dreamed/made up somewhere that, in the absence of a
> replacement motor starting capacitor, a TEMPORARY motor starting
> capacitor substitution (for testing purposes only) can be made by
> putting two electrolytic capacitors of about 250Ufd/100VDC back to
> back (plus-neg-neg-plus? neg-plus-plus-neg?) to see if it is indeed
> the motor starting capacitor that is the problem.

That works perfectly well for short tests, and will last a long time 
if you put a reverse polarity protection diode across each capacitor.

The power rectifier type diode would go cathode (banded end) to + and 
anode (unbanded end) to - of each electrolytic.

The effective value *remains the same* as with one capacitor, it 
neither doubles or halves. If you connect two in series without the 
diode, the effective value is something between the same and half of 
the original value. You can NOT parallel the capacitors and use 
steering diodes, they have to be in series with shunt clamping diodes 
across each individual cap.

73, Tom W8JI 

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