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by k4kfh
Wed May 08, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Quieting noisy gears
Replies: 18
Views: 1472

Quieting noisy gears

I have a PM Research #3 (little 1/2" bore horizontal engine) that I've fitted with a centrifugal governor. The governor is like the photo below, it came premade from Microcosm Engine. It works beautifully, but the gears on the governor are ridiculously noisy. I've tried using washers to shim the gea...
by k4kfh
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: steam locomotive emulator
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: steam locomotive emulator

a member of the NJ Live Steamers suggested I post my questions on this forum -- "PhD's who have written and studied these subjects" i'm an electric model railroader (HO gauge) working on an electronic controller having both a reverser lever with multiple notches for cutoff and a throttle that will ...
by k4kfh
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The No-Machine-Tools Steam Plant
Replies: 3
Views: 989

Re: The No-Machine-Tools Steam Plant

I tested it to about 100psi, but I usually run it around 30. The safety pops about 40 and drops it down to about 25, which is more loss than I'd like, but that's what I get for using a $7 safety meant for an air compressor. It works though, can't complain too much. That little engine will run happil...
by k4kfh
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The No-Machine-Tools Steam Plant
Replies: 3
Views: 989

The No-Machine-Tools Steam Plant

I've been building this up over the last few months. I started with a PMR #3 machined kit (my first steam engine) and really enjoyed it. I don't have machine tools, so while I'd like to learn to machine an engine from castings eventually, in the short term, I had to get creative to have a steam plan...
by k4kfh
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 24
Views: 4306

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

Sorry to revive an old thread, but one more question. What is the best way to store this boiler? It's impossible to ensure the whole thing is perfectly dry for storage, so I thought maybe filling it completely with distilled water would be the best option (no air = no rust, or very little). It seems...
by k4kfh
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 24
Views: 4306

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

Thank you all for the advice! I guess my boiler is steel, not iron (it is quite literally hardware-store "black iron" pipe) so it sounds like distilled water and some kind of treatment is necessary. It's a very small boiler so it's not an issue to use distilled water. Should I just put some vinegar ...
by k4kfh
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 24
Views: 4306

Water treatment for iron boiler?

Hi again, As some may have seen, I recently finished building the Popular Mechanics boiler, which is a combination of a copper water-tube coil and a chunk of black iron pipe as the reservoir/steam dome. All the fittings are brass. I have been using distilled water (local water is extremely hard) wit...
by k4kfh
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Found 1899 indicator card in a library book
Replies: 10
Views: 2096

Re: Found 1899 indicator card in a library book

Here are some higher quality scans. I increased the contrast and played with the image a little to try to make the pencil marks more readable. You can click on each image for the full quality version (it was too big to post on the forum). https://i.postimg.cc/v4yHYbGs/1899-Indicator-Card-AULibrary-S...
by k4kfh
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Making a boiler without a lathe
Replies: 20
Views: 4756

Re: Making a boiler without a lathe

Well I did it, mostly. I'm not too happy with the hacked-together base, so I may rework that into something more like the traditional sheet metal enclosure eventually, but a friend had this scrap laying around so it works for now. I've got a small leak around the water glass bottom fitting that I've...
by k4kfh
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Found 1899 indicator card in a library book
Replies: 10
Views: 2096

Re: Found 1899 indicator card in a library book

At the LALS/IBLS meet in 1975 Gary Kubicek and I demonstrated the Indicator Card concept using a X-Y O'scope, a long linear resistor and a pair of pressure sensors on a 9" gage 2-6-0 of 1870 prototype chasis which was on air. The scope came from the rubble of ITT Gov. Systems plant in Sylmar. The p...
by k4kfh
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Found 1899 indicator card in a library book
Replies: 10
Views: 2096

Found 1899 indicator card in a library book

Maybe this isn't really that exciting, but I thought it was pretty cool and figured I'd share. I checked out a book on the steam engine indicator from the university library because of my electronic indicator project which some of you have probably read about. The book is called "Indicator Practice ...
by k4kfh
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Using a steam indicator
Replies: 42
Views: 9145

Re: Using a steam indicator

I had actually planned a similar thing, minus the Bluetooth because I am not that brave and this is a stationary engine anyway, not a locomotive. I've had some calculus already so I figured a trapezoidal Reimann sum would be accurate enough for kicks and giggles. I think if I played my cards very ca...