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by Fred_V
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FRUSTRATED with threading tubing
Replies: 18
Views: 1247

Re: FRUSTRATED with threading tubing

My taper pipe dies are all split dies. I start with the hold screw in the split so as to open the die a bit. That makes the first cut SO much easier to make. Then I move the die around in the holder so that the screw can close the die. I can vary the OD of the finished thread by quite a bit this way.
by Fred_V
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pipe thread sealant?
Replies: 20
Views: 1081

Re: Pipe thread sealant?

I've been using a pipe thread dope from Home Depot that is steam rated.
by Fred_V
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Hub clearance
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Hub clearance

I was always told to use .032" clearance on each side. Some use even more.
by Fred_V
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: looking for NG wheel castings
Replies: 4
Views: 1043

Re: looking for NG wheel castings

I didn't follow up on this but I did the heat treatment procedure in my kiln and id it worked just great. the wheels machined up with no problems.
by Fred_V
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 1819

Re: types of coal

Tristan, can you mix it with soft coal?
by Fred_V
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FRUSTRATED with threading tubing
Replies: 18
Views: 1247

Re: FRUSTRATED with threading tubing

You can also hold the tube in a flare tool. It will distort the tube a tiny bit but it will hold really tight.
by Fred_V
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Big machine tools that will blow your brains out
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Big machine tools that will blow your brains out

I've always loved seeing that huge stuff.
by Fred_V
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FRUSTRATED with threading tubing
Replies: 18
Views: 1247

Re: FRUSTRATED with threading tubing

Use a Moly heavy duty cutting oil. That really made a big difference for me. Copper is real sticky when threading. Use the screw to open the die for the first cut then close the die for a final cut.
by Fred_V
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5" Scale Safety Valves
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: 2.5" Scale Safety Valves

Smart move.
by Fred_V
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 2.5" Scale Safety Valves
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: 2.5" Scale Safety Valves

You should be able to reach him on this forum. Post a thread asking for him.
by Fred_V
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Plumbing question
Replies: 3
Views: 480

Re: Plumbing question

I don't recall any commercial adapter fittings because I've always made my own from brass hex bar. Making valves and fittings is my favorite part of the build. I have CAD drawing for all that if you want to try your hand at it. you will need a lot of union fittings so plumbing can be easily removed ...
by Fred_V
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Jesse Livingston
Replies: 10
Views: 916

Re: Jesse Livingston

I always looked forward to seeing Jesse at the meets. I would get a steaming bay near him if possible and we enjoyed many good conversations. He was a gentleman of the old school.