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by SteveM
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Engineers really know their stuff
Replies: 98
Views: 11052

Re: Engineers really know their stuff

It used to be that companies would build stuff to not break. Now with computers, we can more accurately predict how cheap to make the product so that the price point, cost of manufacturing and cost of warranty repairs creates maximum profits. Not sure that they factor in how many customers abandon t...
by SteveM
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Laser cut arch bar sideframes
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Re: Laser cut arch bar sideframes

Adirondack wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:14 am
Who doesn't love pictures?
Arlo Guthrie.
by SteveM
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Engineers really know their stuff
Replies: 98
Views: 11052

Re: Engineers really know their stuff

My vote is for automotive engineers...they have to be the dumbest people on the planet.... Oh, I could go on forever: The late 1970's Monza that had to have the engine jacked up to remove a spark plug. When I need to melt ice off my windshield, the car runs the air conditioner (not talking about th...
by SteveM
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Model trains
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Model trains

My uncle made a set that was either N or Z. It was way too small to put under a tree, but he cut a sheet of plywood in a trapezoid to fit the bay window in the living room and built the layout on that. When it was time to put it out, it was: Get the board from the attic Put it in the bay window Put ...
by SteveM
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fractional hp motor wire repair
Replies: 14
Views: 889

Re: fractional hp motor wire repair

The varnish is important! The varnish keeps the windings from being moved slightly by the magnetic field they generate. Without the varnish the windings can rub and wear through the very thin enamel that insulates the winding wire This is for a repair, not a rewind Learned something new today. Forg...
by SteveM
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 28
Views: 1164

Re: Coal dust bricks again

Fender wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:15 am
seems to me that egg cartons would be reusable and cheaper.
Maybe ice cube trays?

Steve
by SteveM
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 28
Views: 1164

Re: Coal dust bricks again

What do consumers of train carloads of coal do with the dust?

I'm sure it's more than a few buckets and probably has enough BTU's in it to be worth doing something with.

Steve
by SteveM
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Window Panes - Glass or Polycarbonate?
Replies: 16
Views: 1671

Re: Window Panes - Glass or Polycarbonate?

If you want it to look like an old-time model, use mica.

Steve
by SteveM
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Trailer tongue weigh video
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Trailer tongue weigh video

Wow. That makes the point.

Steve
by SteveM
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Shop smith 10er verital mill conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Shop smith 10er verital mill conversion

Before I got a lathe I lathed things on my mill (converted Avey, above). Kind of like an upside-down vertical lathe. I once saw a guy that mounted a bunch of toolposts on the bed of a Bridgeport and put the workpiece in the spindle and proceeded to run a CNC program to "turn" the workpiece. Steve
by SteveM
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PB Blaster is Snake Oil
Replies: 56
Views: 8070

Re: PB Blaster is Snake Oil

seal killer wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:01 pm
Does Never-Seize work on rusted fasteners?
If you are thinking of using it to FREE fasteners, no - it's a paste and would never even get in.

Applied to fasteners before assembly, particularly rust-prone ones like exhaust system bolts, and they will be MUCH easier to remove.

Steve
by SteveM
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Shop smith 10er verital mill conversion
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Shop smith 10er verital mill conversion

Reminds me of the number of people who attempt to use a common drill press as a milling machine. Can't deny that they achieve some level of success, but I know of no one who is happy with the results. Again, a lack of proper design and rigidity assure they won't be. Heck, I had to mill a slot in PL...