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by John_S
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tapping Pipe Fittings
Replies: 26
Views: 2017

Re: Tapping Pipe Fittings

the bad thing about all of this is you generally need two taps....one to get started and one, with the end ground off, so that you can work blind holes - or 90 or 45 ells. My drawer of taps and dies agrees with this statement! I have two of all the MTP taps and a handful of the smaller (1/8 and 1/4...
by John_S
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower
Replies: 41
Views: 2376

Re: Blower

I use both methods: an electric fan (furnace blower) and compressed air so I'm covered wherever I fire up. I hid a needle valve under the cab which I can screw in a standard male quick disconnect fitting. The copper line ties into the blower line to the smokebox. Some folk's fans are louder than any...
by John_S
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 1915

Re: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?

John Parker at one time had his Bridgeport in his family room. I asked how he got away with that and his short answer was 'it was there before she was'. There were a lot of things about him that I admired. Now I will stop with the hijack. Thanks for this. It made me laugh more than anything in the ...
by John_S
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LITTLE ENGINES
Replies: 73
Views: 6517

Re: LITTLE ENGINES

Oddly enough (sarcasm), the original poster hasn't replied once in all this. Seems like a good time for a perm-a-ban from the forums.
by John_S
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CAD for raw beginners?
Replies: 23
Views: 1402

Re: CAD for raw beginners?

2nd'ing Draftsight. Free and easy to use. I've used it for years at home and use it at work every day -- Prefer it to Solidworks at the office because it's not as cumbersome.
by John_S
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: Steam down in the Atlanta Georgia Area?

There's also the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth to visit.

The North Georgia Live Steamers is out east in Conyers, but I don't know if they have anything going on that weekend.
by John_S
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder
Replies: 5
Views: 639

Re: Allen Steam Brake Cylinder

I've been running my mogul with steam brakes built as designed without any issues. No need for a drain on the steam side. If I'm putting the loco up for a long while I'll pump the boiler up with compressed air and actuate the brake valve over and over again to get any residual water out of the lines...
by John_S
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen axle pump modify
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: Allen axle pump modify

Looks great Bill and Fred! While my mogul has the eccentric for the axle pump and I machined the strap for it, I never actually built the pump as I went with two injectors instead due to their reliability. John, Are you interested in selling the strap(s) ive purchased a used Mogul that has everythi...
by John_S
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1890

Re: Technology is great

Finished one of two stands tonight. It turned out nice. Lightweight, very strong, and rolls around smooth as butter.
stand1e.jpg
Closeup of the fit between the diagonal leg brace and the rail tube before welding.
stand1f.jpg
Closeup of the joint between the leg and the rail tube before welding.
stand1g.jpg
Completed stand in cluttered garage.
Fun project, and I still have one more to go!
by John_S
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1890

Re: Technology is great

A little work tonight getting started putting the first of two together. Building it upside down on the shop floor.
stand1a.jpg
Rails and spacers clamped, no square required!
stand1b.jpg
Closeup of the tab & slot system for the rail spacers.
stand1c.jpg
Tacked together
stand1d.jpg
Test fitting a leg and brace
Only downside to doing this on the floor is the awkward welding position with the TIG.
by John_S
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Build Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 906

Re: Boiler Build Thread

I documented building a new boiler for another member's loco here: http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/vie ... &start=108
by John_S
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Technology is great
Replies: 12
Views: 1890

Re: Technology is great

Jawn wrote:Very nice! Is 1x1 going to be rigid enough for a loco, or is it for rolling stock only?
Rolling stock only, nothing over 150lbs.