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by Greg_Lewis
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: How to Dry out a boiler for winter storage?

Marty_Knox wrote:...
In this area a garage is about the worst place to store a boiler.

I know one steamer who keeps engines in his living room. (But that might be part of the reason he's still single..... :roll:)
by Greg_Lewis
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: New board on chaski.org devoted to Miniature Railway Signaling?
Replies: 26
Views: 1301

Re: New board on chaski.org devoted to Miniature Railway Signaling?

I'm not a fan of breaking up the site into yet another sub-forum. When you get too many, they don't get used. There is another forum for a different hobby I look at that has 57 subforums, and as a result it's almost impossible to navigate. Here, an argument could also be made for a boiler subforum, ...
by Greg_Lewis
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam dome seal
Replies: 29
Views: 1434

Re: Steam dome seal

j: You might want to soak the gasket material in some oil to soften it up. The 1/16 thick stuff will certainly take up any mismatch in your flanges if they are as close as you say they are. The graphite paste will help seal but also allow you to remove the dome cover without destroying the gasket, a...
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Found these books on Craigslist
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: Found these books on Craigslist

If you can stand reading them on line, here's a link:

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/we ... %20Schools
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam dome seal
Replies: 29
Views: 1434

Re: Steam dome seal

Jlakes85:

Skip the copper. Go to a good auto parts store and get some Fel-Pro Karropak 1/16-inch thick gasket material and order some Key graphite paste from McMaster. Slather the gasket and the dome bolt threads with the paste and you'll be all set.
by Greg_Lewis
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Brake shoe material
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: Brake shoe material

Here ya go — Carl's solution: Brake lining from McMaster, thinned a bit on the belt sander and affixed with the greatest goop ever invented: JB Weld.

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by Greg_Lewis
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CAD for raw beginners?
Replies: 23
Views: 1052

Re: CAD for raw beginners?

For the Mac in 2D I use Cadintosh. It's about $30. Twice I've had questions and I've gotten a response in a couple of days from the guy who wrote it; a rare occurrence these days.
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive graphics?
Replies: 10
Views: 934

Re: Locomotive graphics?

The photo in Dianne's post shows some extremely fine detail on the steam dome and headlight. I don't see any way to get that other than a custom decal. I've looked at paint masks for small lettering and the sign shops I've contacted can't cut masks with lettering under 1/4-inch size, and even then i...
by Greg_Lewis
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Switch Point Detection continued
Replies: 43
Views: 884

Re: Switch point position detection

If part of the issue is the conflict in current requirements of a two-pole microswitch, what about running two switches in tandem, one being for the higher current, one for the lower?
by Greg_Lewis
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam dome seal
Replies: 29
Views: 1434

Re: Steam dome seal

If all you are dealing with is a .010 gap, I'd explore sealing options. Ten thou just doesn't seem like that can't be solved with gaskets. In my Model A Ford days, I don't think we ever had a head-to-block seal that was even close to .010. I'd look for some FelPro gasket material at a good auto part...
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: AIR COMPRESSOR IDENTIFCATION
Replies: 23
Views: 1576

Re: AIR COMPRESSOR IDENTIFCATION

SZuiderveen wrote:There is an erata that goes with that Modeltec article. I'm on the road, but I can get the issue when I return home

Steve


Steve:
If you can find it and post it, that would be most helpful. Thanks.
by Greg_Lewis
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Alco West.
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Alco West.

Bob C. please check your private messages.

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