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by Bill Shields
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Testing
Replies: 25
Views: 1406

Re: Hydro Testing

typically plug the relief valves and close the throttle. not necessary to 'disconnect' anything except the pressure gauge if it will not safely display the hydro pressure. I personally like to test the water glass also, because it SHOULD be able to take the hydro pressure. Others to not share this o...
by Bill Shields
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please Help Identify This Loco
Replies: 17
Views: 584

Re: Please Help Identify This Loco

you will be surprised at how much heat it will take to get any pressure out of that boiler...it's a LOT of copper and wasted radiating surface.
by Bill Shields
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please Help Identify This Loco
Replies: 17
Views: 584

Re: Please Help Identify This Loco

unless is has some emotional / historic value to you, it looks like more trouble than it is worth except as a possible display piece.
by Bill Shields
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler to Smoke box alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Boiler to Smoke box alignment

I set it all up on the milling table.

Granted, this is a 48" limit (for me), but it works.

For larger locos, you can always set everything up on the frame or make a simple fixture on the floor to be used to spot holes.

Ever see how the did it on full size locos at Baldwin?
by Bill Shields
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Selling old sets Live Steam or Modeltec Mags?
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Selling old sets Live Steam or Modeltec Mags?

been doing that (give-away) for 20 years...
by Bill Shields
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Selling old sets Live Steam or Modeltec Mags?
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Selling old sets Live Steam or Modeltec Mags?

I can find an entire set of the Tom Thumb magazines if you are interested...have quite a few stacked up around the house.
by Bill Shields
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Ulin Locomotive Works
Replies: 12
Views: 1762

Re: Ulin Locomotive Works

or all of what Fender says - combined..
by Bill Shields
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Throttle linkage stainless steel grade
Replies: 5
Views: 506

Re: Throttle linkage stainless steel grade

don't worry about the grade for what you are doing...
by Bill Shields
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam passages inside the boiler
Replies: 12
Views: 694

Re: Steam passages inside the boiler

the only "real" reason to use copper as a fire tube is because they will not rust out and require frequent replacement. you don't have to worry about dissimilar metal / corrosion problems in one of our boilers..think about how few operating hours / calendar DECADE our boilers are actually ...
by Bill Shields
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sch 80 threaded pipe class 3000 elbow
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Sch 80 threaded pipe class 3000 elbow

that is how most of us learn to fit (fight?) threaded pipe....giggle
by Bill Shields
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Controller conversions for a 1991 HAAS VF-1?

I won't describe the nightmare a customer who had a ***** machine that attempted to change a tool at 4000 RPM. called me up and blamed my software.... duh...like....M6 is M6 -> what else would you like me to do? Suggest you call the machine manufacturer and ask them. It turned out to be an interrupt...
by Bill Shields
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam passages inside the boiler
Replies: 12
Views: 694

Re: Steam passages inside the boiler

consider ability (elimination of need) to do future maintenance above all else.

dry pipes typically do not need attention for the life of a boiler, but if it does..what do you do??

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