Search found 38 matches

by milwiron
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tubes...leaking
Replies: 76
Views: 3120

Re: Tubes...leaking

Welded but some of the beads don't penetrate the sheet. That's the way it appears to me. Denny FYI none of the tube welds penetrate the sheet, smokebox or firebox end. Tom 50 something tube ends welded and none of the welds penetrated the sheets!? If it were me I'd get an experienced boiler maker's...
by milwiron
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tubes...leaking
Replies: 76
Views: 3120

Re: Tubes...leaking

Welded but some of the beads don't penetrate the sheet. That's the way it appears to me.
Denny
by milwiron
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 6510

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

As Bill says, never overload your keyless chuck (s) with end mills or S&D drill bits. There's nothing more heartbreaking than watching a really expensive keyless chuck getting "unlocked" with a pipe wrench.
by milwiron
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FN or Chloe on propane BTU requirements?
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: FN or Chloe on propane BTU requirements?

Thank you guys. I was considering 50 to 60K based on what James posted.
I appreciate the picture, it helps and splitting the jets between 2 "circuits" seems to be the way to go.
Denny
by milwiron
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FN or Chloe on propane BTU requirements?
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: FN or Chloe on propane BTU requirements?

That does help, thank you.
Denny
by milwiron
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: FN or Chloe on propane BTU requirements?
Replies: 7
Views: 789

FN or Chloe on propane BTU requirements?

Hi All, Understanding there are hundreds of variables to contend with is there a way to calculate/educated guess/stab in the dark propane firing BTU requirements for Fitchburg Northern and Chloe size steel copper tubed boilers? I have read the archives but could have missed something. Thanks for any...
by milwiron
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get help picking a set of reamers?
Replies: 32
Views: 1977

Re: Could I get help picking a set of reamers?

As Greg said, "Buy what you need when you need it." You -need- surprisingly few reamers to build a small loco. If you're opening a machining job shop, yes buy sets.

Reamers are far from foolproof. Like any material removing process it takes some education to do it correctly.
Denny
by milwiron
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 6510

Re: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?

If your mill table has room use your step blocks and strap clamps to hold the rotary table. I believe I saw a step block set in one of your photos.
Denny
by milwiron
Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Trying to decide on a beginner 3/4" locomotive to build.
Replies: 57
Views: 4204

Re: Trying to decide on a beginner 3/4" locomotive to build.

Shild, a Google search will bring up hundreds of rc car sites.
Good luck with your project.
Denny
by milwiron
Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LBSC Virginia plans
Replies: 88
Views: 37597

Re: LBSC Virginia plans

Hi shild, Buying mild 1/8" steel bar is nickels and dimes compared to copper tube. Buy some of the steel stock you're going to need in the future to justify shipping. Many of the online dealers who sell in small quantities have warehouses across the country; there may be one near you so you can avoi...
by milwiron
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LBSC Virginia plans
Replies: 88
Views: 37597

Re: LBSC Virginia plans

A typical homeowner's MAP torch on a 14 oz. bottle will heat up a piece of 1/8 x 5/8" mild steel hot enough (dull red) to bend easily. Unfortunately, since you were trying to bend mystery-metal all bets are off. We've all been there at one time or another. Online Metal Supply, Coremark and Speedy Me...
by milwiron
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: What would you do about this coating?
Replies: 2
Views: 846

Re: What would you do about this coating?

As Bill suggested, bead blast it if you know of one around.
With a coating as tough as you're experiencing it'll be good base for primer and paint. Of course rough it up a little with some emory cloth or sand paper first.
Denny