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by cbrew
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 19
Views: 1729

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

NP317 wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:17 am
All the small steam lines to things like the oil atomizer use brass compression fittings.
They maybe fine. that is a low pressure circuit. imho
but i still prefer the flared fitting over the compression. it seems to be real easy to over tight the compression fitting.
by cbrew
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 19
Views: 1729

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

I was comparing compression and flare fittings on McMaster Carr a couple of weeks ago. The standard brass flare fittings had no mention of being good for steam service, in fact the max working temp was below 400 degrees if I recall. The standard brass compression fittings were rated for steam servi...
by cbrew
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler treatment
Replies: 23
Views: 965

Re: Boiler treatment

First thing you need to do is have your water tested. once you have the "make up" of your water. those in the know can suggest the proper route to take. I personally just use LSB. the water is never in the boiler more then 6 hours at a time, if i stored the boiler wet, i would be looking for a diffe...
by cbrew
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-seating check valve?
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: Re-seating check valve?

i agree with John also, another idea that has been successful is using a hard viton ball instead of the Ss balls. it will conform to any issues in the seat, but the shelf life will be shorter. so plan on replacing the ball every spring. (normally buy 50 to 100 at a time anyways so this is not much o...
by cbrew
Wed May 29, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1587

Re: water glasses

Harold_V wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 3:10 am
It should be noted that not all copper alloys respond to being worked hot. Some are "hot short", which means that they become brittle when hot.

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my experience is limited to the 6 foot joints of brass and hard copper one gets from mcmaster carr.
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by cbrew
Tue May 28, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1587

Re: water glasses

I had issues attempting to bend the heavy wall brass too. Even heating to cherry and quenching, it was still too hard to bend for my liking and I was afraid of either breaking my tool or collapsing the pipe. Which I did wind up collapsing a pipe at one point. After that, I switched everything to 0....
by cbrew
Tue May 28, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1587

Re: water glasses

I had issues attempting to bend the heavy wall brass too. Even heating to cherry and quenching, it was still too hard to bend for my liking and I was afraid of either breaking my tool or collapsing the pipe. Which I did wind up collapsing a pipe at one point. After that, I switched everything to 0....
by cbrew
Tue May 28, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: New tool for Train Mountain
Replies: 6
Views: 1072

Re: New tool for Train Mountain

awesome
I wish i was closer, this would be a fun project
by cbrew
Tue May 28, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1587

Re: water glasses

when i bend brass pipe, it need to be a dull red, it works very easy at that temp
by cbrew
Tue May 28, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: New tool for Train Mountain
Replies: 6
Views: 1072

Re: New tool for Train Mountain

Nicely done Russ, the only thing i can see that would make that better is to add one more cable system to bring the switch back and forth for you...
by cbrew
Tue May 28, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1587

Re: water glasses

yes, the leak will raise (in your case) or lower depending where the leak is. even a leaking valve will screw with the level
by cbrew
Sun May 26, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Dry Pipes Question
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: Boiler Dry Pipes Question

Morning, I am assuming you are talking about the two hollow stays that run from the back to front, yes you will want to seal them up. drawing air through those will do nothing good. I used something as simple as cork plugs on the back head. 1-19-03_06.JPG since i have moved to a smoke box throttle o...