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by DianneB
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Tender Truck repair
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Tender Truck repair

The Little Torch strikes again! Had a little repair to do on the tender truck on my LE American. The hole in the ear on the bearing block had been drilled too far back when it was built over 50 years ago and broke out causing loss of the cover plate last year. Decided to fix that today SNB12873.JPG ...
by DianneB
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: steam lines to cylinders
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: steam lines to cylinders

.... I spent quite a bit of time trying to get the best steam pipe alignment I could so I would be able to use 303 gun cleaning brushes on the flues and tubes. Having come from the full-size traction engine world where the tubes were brushed every day and before storage, I made sure that the tubes ...
by DianneB
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Eccentric Engineer Large Injector Install
Replies: 9
Views: 1267

Re: Eccentric Engineer Large Injector Install

I installed one of Anthony'x small injectors on my 1-1/2 scale LE American earlier in the spring. It actually delivers water too fast for such a small engine but I have found I can throttle it to some degree. (Not sure how much - have to do more experimenting.)
by DianneB
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Need ingenious solution??!!
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Need ingenious solution??!!

Thanks Terry but I have NO space on either side of the nut. I like the idea of O-rings. The nest time I have a problem, I will go with O-rings. I had used an O-ring under the packing nut last winter but that failed on Sunday. I replaced that with graphite packing today but it took 5-1/2 hours to do ...
by DianneB
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Need ingenious solution??!!
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Need ingenious solution??!!

Crosshead pump.JPG The crosshead pumps on my L.E. American are tucked in tight between the crosshead guides and the frame. The "packing gland" is a hex nut (much like the nut on a copper tube compression fitting) and access for adjustment is very limited from above and only slightly better from bel...
by DianneB
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: An "OH SHYTE!" moment!
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: An "OH SHYTE!" moment!

.... the nuts were blasted out of the stack, right through the roundhouse roof like buckshot! Problem solved ROFLMAO!!!! Sounds like me starting my old tracked loader! I keep a big old coffee can over the stack to keep the rain out and usually forget to take it off. On first-start, the can goes abo...
by DianneB
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: An "OH SHYTE!" moment!
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: An "OH SHYTE!" moment!

10KPete wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:26 pm
At least the shellac dissolves in alcohol!
Yes it does ... and thank gawd I had a gallon of alcohol in the shop to clean up with!

Most of the modern stuff dissolves in paint thinner, except Permatex #2, which is alcohol again.
by DianneB
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: An "OH SHYTE!" moment!
Replies: 7
Views: 511

An "OH SHYTE!" moment!

Had a blow-out on one cylinder head on my American on Sunday - the "modern gasket compound" failed - so I took the head off, cleaned everything, checked for flatness, chased all the threads, and put it back on with gasket shellac to seal it up. The centre bolt that holds the cover over the cylinder ...
by DianneB
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1/4 ID Steam Hose?
Replies: 3
Views: 352

1/4 ID Steam Hose?

Has anyone found a 1/4" ID hose for 100 PSI steam that ISN'T heavy cross-section?

I need a short piece for the steam locomotive brakes on my 7.5" LE American. (It was originally a vacuum ejector brake but the ejector didn't work well so I converted to steam pressure.)

Thanks gang!
by DianneB
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Micro torch?
Replies: 28
Views: 1972

Re: Micro torch?

The old cliche is that's it's a poor workman/woman who blames their tools. That is true Pete and I also know what "the right tool for the job" is capable of. I am a pretty good hand with an oxy-acetylene torch (in "full size practice") and found that even the smallest tip in my regular torch was li...
by DianneB
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Micro torch?
Replies: 28
Views: 1972

Re: Micro torch?

I got my Smith Little Torch today .... what a beautiful tool! Nicely made, handles like a dream, and performs wonderfully! It is amazing the degree of precision one can achieve with a good tool. The Little Torch is too small to do anything of significant size - I have a regular Oxy-acetylene torch f...
by DianneB
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Welding
Topic: Micro torch?
Replies: 28
Views: 1972

Re: Micro torch?

I'll do that!