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by Builder01
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 19
Views: 1629

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

Oh, the die block in the expansion link. Well, it can be round, but, it will wear more quickly than a rectangular one. On a rectangular block, the wear is distributed all along the edge. On a round block, it may be in just one place on the diameter. Round will work in a pinch, though. David
by Builder01
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Basket case 2-4-0
Replies: 19
Views: 1629

Re: Basket case 2-4-0

If the cylinder ports are rectangular, the slide valve should be the same.
by Builder01
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 18
Views: 1203

Re: water glasses

I would probably make new nuts that are larger across the flats. This would give you more room for O rings and a little more space to clear the glass. Then nut, and the fitting must not really touch the glass, it will break every time, otherwise. David
by Builder01
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 18
Views: 1203

Re: water glasses

Your fittings are out of alignment, this is causing the glass to break. Use a round piece of metal first to get the top and bottom fitting in alignment, then try glass. If you want plain glass, McMaster Carr has 1/4". If you want blue line 1/4", here's a link that has it: http://www.livesteammodels....
by Builder01
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 18
Views: 1203

Re: water glasses

What diameter?
by Builder01
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Modeltec magazine - full listing of issues
Replies: 14
Views: 861

Re: Modeltec magazine - full listing of issues

Yes, is would be cool to have a copy of the index. Without access to the magazines. it would pretty much be useless though.
David
by Builder01
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Modeltec magazine - full listing of issues
Replies: 14
Views: 861

Re: Modeltec magazine - full listing of issues

Heaven forbid!! I have thought about that problem. Part of the work of the IBLS has been to preserve live-steam related websites that have disappeared. This is accomplished largely with the help of archive.org. Other than making sure we have a succession of IBLS Secretaries, how else can we preserv...
by Builder01
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-seating check valve?
Replies: 4
Views: 438

Re: Re-seating check valve?

I use Viton. It seals 100% and is very tough. I use it especially on the check valve from the delivery pipe from my injector. Any leak here and the injector will get hot from steam directly from the boiler. (Hot injectors will usually fail). I replace this specific one each Spring. I gave up trying ...
by Builder01
Thu May 30, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blue Gem Coal
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Blue Gem Coal

Pocahontas for my loco. I have not heard of Blue Gem. - David
by Builder01
Tue May 28, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 18
Views: 1203

Re: water glasses

I'm not sure I would have fired a boiler with a brass pipe that has a known crack in it. The crack should not have gotten past the hydro test stage. It could have completely failed under steam. That would be pretty exciting!! - David
by Builder01
Thu May 16, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 2508

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

I notch up all the time, although, I do not run with the throttle wide open. The reverser is only "in the corner" for starting and going up a steep grade. Otherwise, I usually run notched up two to three turns on my reverser. (I have a screw reverser). I don't know if running this way is making good...
by Builder01
Thu May 16, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 2508

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

While it is true that cleaning the superheater flues can be problematic, they are toward the top of the tube sheet and do not get very dirty. I removed my super heater tube assembly because of taking every thing apart for painting. I cleaned out the super heater flues and they were not really that d...