Search found 1336 matches

by Russ Hanscom
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Tractor v. Diesel Pickup
Replies: 72
Views: 2599

Re: Tractor v. Diesel Pickup

We have been using the generic brands for some time with no change in results. Just observe the concentration on the container and mix accordingly. Saves a bunch of money.
by Russ Hanscom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Weather station
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Weather station

I have a Davis Vantage system that has been working fine for 10 years. Remote has solar cells so the battery lasts forever.
by Russ Hanscom
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bolt stretch
Replies: 47
Views: 1865

Re: Bolt stretch

The nuts probably got installed with an impact wrench with little or no thought to torque. That is a frequent occurrence. I typically loosen and retorque the nuts after the tire guys finish. Made a cheater bar for the daughter so she could get the nuts loose.
by Russ Hanscom
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Need advise starting a mothballed car
Replies: 25
Views: 1009

Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Several thoughts; For one, I would remove the spark plugs and crank it over a bit to get oil throughout before attempting a real start. Fuel system could be a challenge - drain and fresh fuel for a start. After you do get it going for a bit, new fuel and oil filters might be a good idea.
by Russ Hanscom
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Strategies for Removing Rocks from Yard
Replies: 22
Views: 763

Re: Strategies for Removing Rocks from Yard

My father used to remove a lot of them with dynamite. If you pack it under one end, the rock should go the other way.
by Russ Hanscom
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: real NG trucks
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: real NG trucks

The frames are composite, oak center with 1/4" thick steel side plates; that goes back to the 1880s Pullman plans, which the D&RG appears to have copied. Some of these trucks were in service at least until the 50's, and the 053 car still had wood brake beams in some photos.
by Russ Hanscom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: real NG trucks
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: real NG trucks

One of those weeks when a bunch of things finally came together - that pile of loose parts in the container got a bit smaller. Hope to have two pairs on the road in a few more sessions. The pair in the photos needs to have the brake beams hung and then ready to paint - after a final check for loose ...
by Russ Hanscom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: real NG trucks
Replies: 4
Views: 635

real NG trucks

Here are a few pictures of a set of passenger style trucks destined for car 053, an ex RPO now serving as a cook car to a rotary snowplow train on the Cumbers and Toltec. There is also an earlier vintage set under way for an 1889 coach and a set of steel frame ones for RPO 54. Between the three pair...
by Russ Hanscom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Tesla cars
Replies: 29
Views: 1725

Re: Tesla cars

Most interesting, My grandfather was a consulting electrical engineer in the early 1900s and he drove an electric car- did lots of battery experiments on battery materials and optimum charging cycles. I have a whole pile of his patents around here somewhere including a few international ones.
by Russ Hanscom
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drilling Concrete
Replies: 35
Views: 2725

Re: Drilling Concrete

Gravity type retaining walls commonly have an 8:1 or 12:1 batter or slope. Beyond the keys, no additional interlocking is required. Additional layers behind the wall should not be required. If you are based on a rock, that should be good. Perhaps a concrete wedge to set the angle. Gravity walls are ...
by Russ Hanscom
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drilling Concrete
Replies: 35
Views: 2725

Re: Drilling Concrete

On the deadman topic - strongly consider leaning the wall into the loads so the pile of dirt will tend to push it upright. Otherwise you will have a leaning wall. I am not in favor of walls build on soft foundations - a hard foundation gives you a much better chance at controlling future movements a...
by Russ Hanscom
Fri May 11, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shaper forum??
Replies: 20
Views: 1896

Re: Shaper forum??

I have a 12" Gould & Eberhardt that is old enough to have poured in-place babbit bearings. I put a new gear rim on the bull gear many years ago. One of those tools that is nice to have but rarely used. I have been offered 24-36" shapers just for hauling them away as shops needed the space for modern...