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by Vance Nickerson
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Low water mark
Replies: 21
Views: 3700

Re: Low water mark

Get some clear tubing from the hardware store and fill it with water. Holding it to the bottom of the crown sheet and up the backhead mark the level and add one inch assuming the sheet is half in thick. If you're oil firing look into a better dry pipe fed from the steam dome. If the boiler is built ...
by Vance Nickerson
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil burning boiler mods
Replies: 29
Views: 7703

Re: Oil burning boiler mods

Backhead view of the Pacific. I install dry pipes on my boilers whether coal or oil firing for the turret to help with the atomizer getting as dry steam as possible. I use a high temperature rated stainless ball valve for smoke box installations. Never attach the sight glass to the turret. And yes i...
by Vance Nickerson
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Run out of steam pressure after 100 feet
Replies: 40
Views: 8326

Re: Run out of steam pressure after 100 feet

If your firebox looks like this give up and get a new boiler. My third boiler this year with the same problem. Wouldn't maintain steam and passed the hydro test. Look inside the blow down holes or steam dome and I'll guess it's never had a boiler wash. When a customer says they run out of steam fast...
by Vance Nickerson
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Bagley burner install
Replies: 37
Views: 6761

Re: Bagley burner install

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Atlantic burner
Like Marty said and if you want I'll photograph the instructions for you.
by Vance Nickerson
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Water Valves
Replies: 12
Views: 4609

Re: Tender Water Valves

You have to have some way of regulating the water flow for varying pressure with injectors.
by Vance Nickerson
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LALS 8mm movie from the mid 60's
Replies: 21
Views: 7153

Re: LALS 8mm movie from the mid 60's

Yep 5001 on the steaming bay. Just had the honor of bringing the legend back to life and being the first to pull the throttle on it since Frank Mann.
by Vance Nickerson
Sun May 12, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen 10 wheeler boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 4687

Re: Allen 10 wheeler boiler

Just build it like it says and run it. Having built dozens of Allen boilers and never knowing of an issue don't overthink it just enjoy it.
by Vance Nickerson
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: welding boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 4512

Re: welding boiler

Whatever the process it should never be done with inferior equipment! I hate going behind someone because they thought it would work ok. We all started and learned through weld time and instruction from others. I've helped several who did all the prep work and didn't trust their own skills. As far a...
by Vance Nickerson
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Bigboy whistle
Replies: 2
Views: 1890

Bigboy whistle

Looking for a three chime Railroad Supply Bigboy whistle. No response from RR Supply from phone or email.
by Vance Nickerson
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help with throttle valve
Replies: 4
Views: 2098

Re: Help with throttle valve

I have a few spare throttle castings for Allen boilers but like Marty said fix yours. The more time you spend on it the better it will work.

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by Vance Nickerson
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?
Replies: 13
Views: 3913

Re: Can you test a Superscale economy injector on air?

The washer is stuck. Skip the vinegar remove the bottom plug reach in with a 5/16" socket and remove the cone and washer. The washer should be stuck to the top of the cone, work it off use care not to drop it. Use fine sandpaper or scotchbrite to clean the tip of the cone so the washer will move fre...
by Vance Nickerson
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines C16
Replies: 12
Views: 4809

Re: Little engines C16

It's a full 2.5". It's in my garage.