|MadSci Network: Physics|
I don't have a clear picture of what you are doing. Was the idea to magnetize some nails standing around a plant? First of all you are using AC current so the field will also be AC. It will be harder to detect than a DC field of the sort you would get with a battery. If you really want to use a current to do this one good way is to use a cheap auto battery charger on the 2 Amp setting. That should give plenty of field in the nails without a lot of heat. However, even that will give only a very small field in the center of the pot. I think that you should get a large permanent magnet and set the pot on it! 4" by 6" by 0.5" Ceramic 8 magnets are available from Dowling at 800 624 6381 for only $13.80! If you like you can get three magnets and three pots. Put 2 magnets under pot one, 1 magnet under pot two and no magnet under pot three. Please be careful how you handle these magnets! If you get them too close together, they pinch hard and will break easily. Let me know if you have any problems. Fred Jeffers Jeffers@iomega.com
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