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by Marty_Knox
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: Hydro Test

I use my ultrasonic thickness tester to check the firebox, especially the crown sheet.
When someone brings me a boiler to retube first thing I do is have it sandblasted, then I UT the firebox. I have found sheets that were 5/16" to start with that have thinned down to .110".
by Marty_Knox
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

Sorry - it was in the Sept./Oct. 2000 Live Steam.
by Marty_Knox
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: Hydro Test

Nowadays, full-size locomotive boiler inspections include ultrasonic thickness testing at least every ten years. Back in the day, this wouldn’t have been possible. How much has this affected the way boiler inspections and hydrotresting is done? It is 10 years in Great Britain. Here, it is 1472 serv...
by Marty_Knox
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine Tear down-Boiler removal-7 1/4 George the Vth
Replies: 15
Views: 1360

Re: Engine Tear down-Boiler removal-7 1/4 George the Vth

Amazing to see a riveted boiler that lasted 85 years...but I bet the legs are completely solid with rust and debris. I am curious are you sure the boiler is steel? (Which rusts) The reason I ask is I have seen other Bassett-Lowke George the Vth locomotives and they all had copper boilers. Keith It'...
by Marty_Knox
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hydro Test
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: Hydro Test

A boiler inspector for an insurance company told me that they only hydro to working pressure. The thinking is to not stress the boiler, just look for leaks. any thoughts?? The hydrostatic test is NOT a leak test. The idea is to stress the boiler with warm water to find any weak spots. FRA rules for...
by Marty_Knox
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

If it really is iron, wouldn't be too worried about it. But as Pat said, these days the chances are it is actually steel.
As for water treatment, I wrote about water treatment in the Sept./Oct. Live Steam magazine.
Marshall Black's article on water treatment was reprinted in the same issue.
by Marty_Knox
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: 1" Scale Bobber kit
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: 1" Scale Bobber kit

Very nicely done, Stephen!
I bet it looks good with A&TC 71, the 0-4-0 your grandfather, John Enders, built.
#71 was the first live steamer I ever ran, at the New Jersey Live Steamers while Fred Springer owned it.
by Marty_Knox
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Window Panes - Glass or Polycarbonate?
Replies: 16
Views: 1730

Re: Window Panes - Glass or Polycarbonate?

I use the cover plates from my welding helmets. They are.040"thick x 4 1/2" x 5 1/4". They are heat resistant, slightly flexible, can be cut with shears or scissors, cost about $1.40 each. The best thing is I didn't have to go anywhere to get them, just take one off the shelf.
by Marty_Knox
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Illuminating Water Glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 908

Re: Illuminating Water Glass?

Larry Fisher (Fisher Detail Foundry) makes water gauge lamps. I put one on my 4-6-0, but never took a picture with it lit.
by Marty_Knox
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What type of Drill Rod for Axles?
Replies: 33
Views: 2663

Re: What type of Drill Rod for Axles?

I use ground and polished stress proof for axles.
by Marty_Knox
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Best way to pin Stephenson eccentrics
Replies: 8
Views: 1011

Re: Best way to pin Stephenson eccentrics

Tapered pins are far superior to roll pins.
by Marty_Knox
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Oil firing in 1" scale
Replies: 15
Views: 2127

Re: Oil firing in 1" scale

Find the article in Live Steam magazine, by Joe Monty, titled 'Oil Burning in a Small Firebox'. I think it was in the mid-80's.
It was a big help to me setting up an oil burner.