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Why, when you climb higher on a Jacobs Ladder (and the Stairway), do the rungs come faster? Answer: It is the same reason that a curve ball curves and an airplane flies (GOT YOUR ATTENTION). It is called Bernouli’s Equation (LOST YOUR ATTENTION). Actually, engineers and physicists get a charge out of this and since I am one of those knuckleheads, I get a charge out of it to. Bernouli’s Equation merely says, in part, that as air molecules move faster, the pressure drops. For an airplane, the air molecules above the plane wing are forced to move faster than the ones below. The atmosphere then pushes the plane up. For a curve ball, air molecules on one side of the ball move faster than the other side of the ball because of the spin. The atmosphere pushes the ball to one side causing a ‘curve’ motion. For Jacobs Ladder, we restrict airflow to an enclosed blower fan as you climb higher. The more we restrict, the faster the rungs come. The important thing to realize here is that there is no expensive motor or clutch to fail. In 10 years of manufacturing, we have yet to replace a blower fan. And that is why we stick with this concept. So, when the curve ball stops curving and the airplane stops flying, we will then stop producing Jacobs Ladder!
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