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by BClemens
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Latest Lineup at Ridge Boiler
Replies: 19
Views: 1146

Re: The Latest Lineup at Ridge Boiler

Wow, that's a surprise. Seems it would be closer to 50% - if for no other reason than for small boiler efficiency's sake.
by BClemens
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What is "Live Steam"?
Replies: 25
Views: 1293

Re: What is "Live Steam"?

Steve Alley, you nailed it! The thing is alive, with a personality with quirks and idiosyncrasies of an entity. No two are alike as with people, but unlike people they will never dislike you, just innocently let you know that, maybe, you're not nearly as clever as you think. A live steam locomotive ...
by BClemens
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Belpaire Boiler for a PRR G-5
Replies: 47
Views: 2625

Re: Belpaire Boiler for a PRR G-5

Marty, That's a Milwaukee wrist breaker drill/driver with a brand new anti wrist breaker (unhanded) handle.

Beautiful, beautiful work!

BC
by BClemens
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slip Switch
Replies: 18
Views: 1280

Re: Slip Switch

This leads to another question with any track laying. There are videos and pictorials of folks laying track (panels) on top of grassy sod with a plastic layer underneath - is that for real? Looks like that would drop or sag in undetermined amounts in different areas....so the track would be humpy/di...
by BClemens
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Centroid CNC Acorn
Replies: 11
Views: 588

Re: Centroid CNC Acorn

I'm so impressed that I'm considering 'upgrading' this fully operational machine to Acorn. Hate to throw in the towel with Mach but features and stability make a considerable and enticing desire to convert - again. The research and decision to do so will involve what must be replaced electronically ...
by BClemens
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 905

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

Dianne, I fully understand. I also agree with the not posting the drawings because at the present time the company may be out of business - but maybe not for good. If someone can pick up that business and make a go, they will need everything with total honest regard that we can do to make it what it...
by BClemens
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 905

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

Dianne, Looks like you are duplicating the 2D drawings....that's great but a 3D rendering of that 'PUP' would be super good to use for thorough visualization. The software I use is some old stuff but really good for doing 3D or solids. The plan that you have in hand is imported as an image and from ...
by BClemens
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cole's Worthington pup question?
Replies: 15
Views: 905

Re: Cole's Worthington pup question?

Dianne, Take into consideration that the drawings you are updating are draftsman hand made drawings. We are used to a CAD system that will project the oval hole due to the angle, but giving and considering the section drawings as they did will assume that you are looking at the 'plan' of a hole.... ...
by BClemens
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Slip Switch
Replies: 18
Views: 1280

Re: Slip Switch

Found a post here (imagine that!) and a link toward some folks who cast their concrete ties in Rubermaid kitchen drawer liners that happened to be 2x3x15. They used Fastenal inserts on nails from the underside of the 'forms'. Interesting artical...: http://www.newrr.com/ConcreteTies/ (hope it's OK t...
by BClemens
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: G0678 CNC Conversion Build Log
Replies: 25
Views: 1330

Re: G0678 CNC Conversion Build Log

Dave, Check the spindle housing front slot. There's an antirotation 'key block' bolted to the spindle riding in that slot. I found that the slot was not axial with the spindle nor did key fit the slot so the spindle could also 'dance' around in that slot - any cutter chatter could have set it off......
by BClemens
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: G0678 CNC Conversion Build Log
Replies: 25
Views: 1330

Re: G0678 CNC Conversion Build Log

Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on what you're doing. Do you have a plan for your ball screws and nuts? I modified a couple of simple ball nuts into preloaded ones using belleville springs on threaded collars keyed to the nut housing blocks. This sort of stuff may be more reasonable now th...
by BClemens
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: G0678 CNC Conversion Build Log
Replies: 25
Views: 1330

Re: G0678 CNC Conversion Build Log

Centroid Acorn is interesting..... If that had been offered back when this machine was converted it would have no doubt been the choice - after some study. Mach 3 has been fine for the machining operations accomplished with the machine - it is a small milling machine to be sure. I have often wished ...