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by Bill Shields
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 4 years of Silver Soldering Hell
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: 4 years of Silver Soldering Hell

I use oxy-acetylene also (with a BIG ROSEBUD) to bring up to temperature -> but you have to be very careful to not overheat it and damage the solder or you can be in big trouble.
by Bill Shields
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Rebuilding(?) a worn out lathe.
Replies: 26
Views: 627

Re: Rebuilding(?) a worn out lathe.

I have a 65 year old South Bend 16" that has badly worn ways....but when I need to hog something out or hold something big...I love having it around...despite the worn-out old boat anchor that it is....cost me $1000 completely tooled with a bunch of good large chucks and an honest-to-God ALORIS...
by Bill Shields
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Eccentric Engineer - Product Update
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Eccentric Engineer - Product Update

Anthony:

Have any pictures of the actual finished parts?
by Bill Shields
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 4 years of Silver Soldering Hell
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: 4 years of Silver Soldering Hell

Been there -> done that and could not agree more...(did 2 copper boilers last year) It's a thankless job but somebody's got to do it. I like putting the shell on a lazy susan spinner and putting multiple torches on it as necessary...yes a friend (or 2) really makes the job go easier. and when it's d...
by Bill Shields
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Material for crosshead guides
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: Material for crosshead guides

Phosphor bronze would be my choice of materials for this....while weight is not an issue, side thrust from the crank IS

If you are worried about the $$ of material for these guides...wait until you build a boiler!
by Bill Shields
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Injector Orientation
Replies: 10
Views: 595

Re: Injector Orientation

considering that most of them have an internal check valve that assumes gravity is 'thatta way'...I would say yes.....
by Bill Shields
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Special Alloy for Copper Hammers?
Replies: 24
Views: 609

Re: Special Alloy for Copper Hammers?

agreed....which is why I said generally....

Beryllium is however being recognized as a health hazard and manufacturers are shying away from it more and more....
by Bill Shields
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Special Alloy for Copper Hammers?
Replies: 24
Views: 609

Re: Special Alloy for Copper Hammers?

Actually the non-sparking tools are generally not copper but aluminum - bronze alloy

a few minutes looking at AMPCO will give you an idea....
by Bill Shields
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: South Bend 16" Lathe Part Number
Replies: 0
Views: 91

South Bend 16" Lathe Part Number

I am wondering if anyone has the 'REAL WORLD' part number for SBL part: PT442FH1 These are the ball bearings on which the 4 step flat belt pulley rides down inside the foot (directly above the motor) of the 16" SBL. Getting at these things is a real PITB...even changing the 4 drive v-belts requ...
by Bill Shields
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Repinng turret on a CNC lathe
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Repinng turret on a CNC lathe

A PICTURE or two of what you are facing will help us understand your situation
by Bill Shields
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stephenson valve setting
Replies: 27
Views: 1454

Re: Stephenson valve setting

Keith is correct.

You should always set the eccentrics FIRST, then do everything else.

Otherwise you go round and round the mulberry bush...
by Bill Shields
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Removing weld seam inside rectangular tubing
Replies: 19
Views: 2871

Re: Removing weld seam inside rectangular tubing

are we looking at a 13 year old thread?

I saw Will Jordan's name and realized I hadn't seen / heard from him in 10+ years and thought..then I looked at the dates!

Anyway...why don't you just purchase some drawn, seamless tubing and forget about fooling with the weld?...giggle?

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