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by Bill Shields
Thu May 24, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: REPARING THE TEST BOILER
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: REPARING THE TEST BOILER

I guess you didn't stick them in with HIGH TEMPERATURE Loctite???

That way you could forget them forever (giggle);

More than one full-size loco boiler has been 'fixed' that way so you are in very good company.
by Bill Shields
Thu May 24, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Throttle inspiration?
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Throttle inspiration?

suggest that you not use a tapered reamer...you want a much steeper angle than that or the cone WILL get stuck.. note that the cone shown in the photo is darn near to 90 degrees (might be 82)….. you don't want the cone to 'float'...asking for trouble... just be sure all is CONCENTRIC when assembled....
by Bill Shields
Thu May 24, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Throttle inspiration?
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Throttle inspiration?

good luck finding a 1/2" whitworth tap and die set....giggle.. I am building something very similar for a 1" loco right now...except I am using slightly different threads... I repaired one (very similar) 4 years ago that was 50 years old and still running...the only problem was that the soft solder ...
by Bill Shields
Thu May 24, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Throttle inspiration?
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Throttle inspiration?

suggest you forget the 1/2 ball and make it a cone.

you may need to make a new back head and move the packing further away from the thread instead of shortening the thread...otherwise you may end up with no thread engagement when fully closed...
by Bill Shields
Wed May 23, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Welding
Topic: Micro torch?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Micro torch?

you can us any O2 / C2H2 cylinder with mounted regulators...setting the pressures appropriately. The fittings on the tank end of the hoses should be the same. I have one of these things and honestly have not used it in decades...having converted to a small Sievert air / propane torch for the small s...
by Bill Shields
Tue May 22, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thin workholding suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 300

Re: Thin workholding suggestions

as much as I like and use the Loctite products, this is not really a place for them. If you were surface grinding to size....MAYBE, but milling -> I would use one of the suggestions from above...and as HV says - stay away from CRS...you want something stable. You might find ground to size HRS to be ...
by Bill Shields
Sun May 20, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Start of Riveting a Tender Tank in 3/4" Scale
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: The Start of Riveting a Tender Tank in 3/4" Scale

I would drill the holes BEFORE bending...that way you know they are spaced correctly from the get go...and it is much easier to handle as a flat sheet. I would start at one end and work to the other end. yes the holes in the bent area are going to become somewhat elliptical, but a light redrill and ...
by Bill Shields
Tue May 15, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Chuck mounting helper
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: Chuck mounting helper

not sure willing to put up with that 'helper'....too much overhead required
by Bill Shields
Tue May 15, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: RANT THREAD?
Replies: 92
Views: 2894

Re: RANT THREAD?

I am a farmer that heats his house with coal so I can still get all the chemicals I want to kill what is needed so that the rest of the world can have the food I grow.
by Bill Shields
Tue May 15, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Two Silver Soldering Questions
Replies: 33
Views: 1248

Re: Two Silver Soldering Questions

heating methods are in the eye of the beholder. I am with Dave and use my O2 / C2H2 for most everything including heating water...but.. if you don't know what you are doing with what Dave describes you end up with overheated solder and / or a puddle of metal sitting there looking at you....propane /...
by Bill Shields
Tue May 15, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Two Silver Soldering Questions
Replies: 33
Views: 1248

Re: Two Silver Soldering Questions

When I first bought bricks, $1.5 was the going rate...but that was in a different century (actually a different MILLENIUM). if you go to McMaster-Carr and look up firebrick, they are around $10 each + shipping....granted they don't weigh much but at $30 for 6 delivered by Amazon...it's a reasonable ...
by Bill Shields
Mon May 14, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Two Silver Soldering Questions
Replies: 33
Views: 1248

Re: Two Silver Soldering Questions

you can get the bricks CHEAP from a place that supports fireplaces / stoves. RUTLAND PRODUCTS firebricks => $30 for a set of 6 for many, +/- 0.01" is considered within tolerances..remember you are building a loco not a watch. to add to David's suggestion -> if you are going to add a piece of brass, ...