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by BClemens
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: The Drill Press Whirlygig
Replies: 18
Views: 3426

Re: The Drill Press Whirlygig

I have often thought that of all the machines we use in our shops, the drill press can get you in trouble probably easier than most all others because it is considered quite simple to use - but so easy to misuse. You have both hands occupied - one on the quill handle and the other on either the job ...
by BClemens
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 62
Views: 9073

Re: Choice of prototype

Here's the perfect locomotive for you and you could make this narrow gauge too....no sweat! It's a 2-4-6-8-10-12-0
by BClemens
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 62
Views: 9073

Re: Choice of prototype

EVGEN, All the best to you with this project. The mallets were always a fascination and the Virginian Railroad (absorbed by Norfolk and Western) had many of them pulling and pushing coal trains. Massive! https://www.nwhs.org/archivesdb/selectdocs.php?index=rs&id=897 This was one of their largest loc...
by BClemens
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Milk of Magnesia as Anti-Sieze?
Replies: 41
Views: 7302

Re: Milk of Magnesia as Anti-Sieze?

We are 'protected' so well by our government, it would not be a surprise if 'white lead' is a forbidden substance. It contains lead and after all, it was probably tested for toxicity by coating a mouse with it for a week to study the effects for shop use. :shock:

BC
by BClemens
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Milk of Magnesia as Anti-Sieze?
Replies: 41
Views: 7302

Re: Milk of Magnesia as Anti-Sieze?

Sounds like a fish story. I was in Naval Aviation in a small squadron working with the E-2 aircraft with twin turbo prop engines and never did I see any MoM being used. There was 'Anti-Seize' used.... I guess if a sailor became constipated the infirmary may dispense some MoM but I'll bet he didn't s...
by BClemens
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spring rigging question
Replies: 10
Views: 1720

Re: Spring rigging question

This is great information in answer to the original question. (with a plan photo too!) This 8-10-D has the 'in frame' rear spring. Baldwin called it a "quarter elliptical leaf spring" even though it is actually a half or "semi elliptical spring'. The center and 'tail' portion can be rigidly mounted ...
by BClemens
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?
Replies: 13
Views: 2249

Re: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?

Alright, guess I'll have to put holes in my desk. Maybe it will be more rigid to have a few sheets of plywood between the mill and table? When possible, I've always choked up the endmill right where the shank ends and cutting edges begin. But now that you've mentioned it's importance, what if I cho...
by BClemens
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?
Replies: 13
Views: 2249

Re: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?

here's your first 2¢... Any bench sized mill should be bolted to a solid cabinet or stand - if for no other reason than safety. Stay away from round column mills for a couple of reasons: rigidity and the ability to raise Z without having to re-zero your work. The ability to efficiently 'hog' is rela...
by BClemens
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: TESTING MORE SAFETY VALVES
Replies: 7
Views: 2030

Re: TESTING MORE SAFETY VALVES

To reiterate what Dave says: Why is My Valve Opening Early? A question we commonly receive is why a valve appears to open, or actuate, earlier than expected. Often, we find that the valve is not, in fact, opening early. Rather, the perception that it is actuating early is due to a misunderstanding o...
by BClemens
Tue May 29, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?
Replies: 100
Views: 15596

Re: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?

Tough to imagine the amount of energy released to do this: VGN-800
by BClemens
Mon May 28, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?
Replies: 100
Views: 15596

Re: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?

No, there have been no explosions that have been reported that I know of, I was interested if there had been and the results of the failure. I realize it wouldn't be anywhere near a 'larger' boiler failure with much larger capacity than these small hobby boilers. I had read that a small boiler failu...
by BClemens
Mon May 28, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?
Replies: 100
Views: 15596

Re: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?

What actually happens when one of these small boilers fails? Let's say it was a 516-70 steel boiler with, let's say poor welds that cracked. A poorly welded Ø8.25" steel boiler made with schedule 20 (.250 thick) for a 1/8th sized consolidation - (not a large locomotive). It cracked at a most vulnera...