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by Builder01
Mon May 18, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Silver soldering set up

Like this Marty?? (This is part of my copper boiler after a silver solder heat up)
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by Builder01
Sun May 17, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Silver soldering set up

On a related note, Builder01 mentioned heating only the copper, which I agree with. However it can Become annealed, and turn soft... i recently solder up some 45* copper pipe fittings to form a 90* angle. The fittings became annealed and very soft. Collapsed when I tried to install. In these cases,...
by Builder01
Sun May 17, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Silver soldering set up

Greg_Lewis wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 11:50 am
I find the black flux works better for me than the white stuff. The former seems to have a greater temperature range.
Yes, I have used both black and white flux. The black certainly has longer life for high temperatures. I use it exclusively. It's available on Ebay.
by Builder01
Sun May 17, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Silver soldering set up

Vinegar is actually made of acetic acid, not to be confused with citric acid. Citric acid is purchased usually as a powder and is mixed with water. It is a bit more aggressive than vinegar and yet it still quite user friendly. I scrub my parts with a brass brush to get the last bits of oxidation off...
by Builder01
Sun May 17, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 940

Re: Silver soldering set up

If you are just doing cone fittings on copper pipe, a small propane torch will give you enough heat. Put flux on both the pipe end and the inside of the cone. Push the cone onto the pipe. The fitting should not be too tight of a fit on the pipe, you want a little space for the silver solder. Play th...
by Builder01
Thu May 07, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Covid Creations
Replies: 49
Views: 4641

Re: Covid Creations

I made a pair of "locomotive jacks" from scrap around my shop. Sometimes I need to lift my loco just a fraction of an inch for testing on compressed air or steam. These work great and are very stable.
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by Builder01
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 2572

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

Gra2472 wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:41 am
Good morning. Steel boiler with steel tubes.
Okay, my recommendations are strictly for copper boilers. Does not apply in your case.
by Builder01
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CliShay/Big Bertha question
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: CliShay/Big Bertha question

I think the important thing, for cylinder drains to be effective, is that the piston does not ever cover the drain hole at either end of the cylinder, otherwise, the water cannot exit the drain cocks. If the drains are mechanical, you leave them open until only steam comes out.
by Builder01
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CliShay/Big Bertha question
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: CliShay/Big Bertha question

We also are using the modeltec plans, going to follow advice from here and pour Bronze cylinders, so I can put the boss where needed. I can guess on locating the cocks for the bottom. But on the top...just above the piston at the bottom of the stroke? That simple? Wouldn't happen to have any photos...
by Builder01
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 2572

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

Is this a steel or copper boiler?
by Builder01
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Covid Creations
Replies: 49
Views: 4641

Re: Covid Creations

BigDumbDinosaur wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:09 pm
Steve Bratina wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:43 pm
I have been working on this for about three years. Pouring the coals to her now to have it done by early fall.
How does it stay on the rails when it's upside down?
Magnetic wheels!
by Builder01
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kozo"s k 27
Replies: 18
Views: 2532

Re: Kozo"s k 27

The photo looks like Goehner, if it is, that's 4-3/4" gauge track.