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by steamin10
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 540
Views: 119232

Re: 12" working railroad

Nah! Wheels are wheels and are basic turning no matter the size. With cast iron skins or flame cut oxides it is all the same to get into good metal and not destroy the tool. If you are smart you will use the tail stock to reference the working tool and touch in for setting the handwheel. Then as you...
by steamin10
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 540
Views: 119232

Re: 12" working railroad

Machining wheels is a boring (pun intended) job that I tire of. I usually do four at a time so I do one operation on each before I flip or move and have to reset all the dials on the machine. I have a bolt cut down to a a mandrel that fits a bored out wheel for the second operation where I can cut t...
by steamin10
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: 12" working railroad
Replies: 540
Views: 119232

Re: 12" working railroad

Critique: I dont like the open end of the axles. It allows twice the dirt and dust of running to get into the works, seals or not. i understand the bearing pads for use just not the open end. In my taste, some sort of tin cap would complete the look and eliminate half the contamination. Regular grea...
by steamin10
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Rant about Home Depot
Replies: 67
Views: 15669

Re: Rant about Home Depot

It is told to me that heating oil has a higher percentage of wax in it which doesnt effect furnace oil much. All the farmer types here use red diesel in their farm trucks. Some big rig guys are using drain oil in their older mechancal diesels up to about 30% and it works OK. They claim the lubricity...
by steamin10
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Help ! Please send boat !!
Replies: 11
Views: 3030

Re: Help ! Please send boat !!

When we had a tree trimmer tornado go through a few years back, it upset the rhythm of things for weeks. I live in a small hummock behind a tree covered sand dune, that is more of a swampy area. I lost a coupla limbs. With entire blocks removed to the slabs i cant imagine the personal pain that is v...
by steamin10
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Rant about Home Depot
Replies: 67
Views: 15669

Re: Rant about Home Depot

I am on natural gas, but have sought to augment my heat with an outdoor boiler. Its initial cost is about $5k with the space limits imposed by the county. The furnace must be 50 feet from a structure making the runs for piping less efficient and costly at about $5 a foot for material. Another hook i...
by steamin10
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Rant about Home Depot
Replies: 67
Views: 15669

Re: Rant about Home Depot

ON my house, the meter failed. The turbine that drives the meter needles got gritchy, so I would go out an tap the meter with a hammer every week.. They eventually changed the meter out for regular maintenance, but I think they lost about 4 years of proper readings. Shhhh. At $300 per month they are...
by steamin10
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Power for a hoist
Replies: 17
Views: 5691

Re: Power for a hoist

PM sent. Thanks Jim.
by steamin10
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Power for a hoist
Replies: 17
Views: 5691

Re: Power for a hoist

That would be most generous. It is a Little Mule 500 lb chain hoist that is marked as a Cm product. As described it has a component burnt off the board and the numbers are obliterated. This seems to be a power and speed control for the hoist, and it is suspected that it was grossly overloaded in its...
by steamin10
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Request For Services
Topic: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 6742

Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

I had to mark a home built trailer with a tag that was required by law for my state. I had the tag made at a trophy shop for a nominal fee and pop riveted it to the tongue of the trailer. This becomes the official ID of the titled vehicle and it is against the law to remove or alter this label. Afte...
by steamin10
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Power for a hoist
Replies: 17
Views: 5691

Re: Power for a hoist

Well that tears it. I was rather rudely told at a Best Buy that they dont do that kind of work. They do plug and play repairs on modern computers thata have failed and current TV warrentee work. they dont touch anything else. Several other repair shops listed on the net have no operating phone, so t...
by steamin10
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Making a boiler without a lathe
Replies: 20
Views: 5885

Re: Making a boiler without a lathe

A "toy" boiler can be built easily with not much more than a hack saw and a set of drills. Copper is the way to go for something small and easy, and you will get into a low pressure deal with a counterweight safty. It will run a demonstrator engine quite well. You will only need about 20 lbs to run ...