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by BigDumbDinosaur
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Made a shop press
Replies: 28
Views: 5321

Re: Made a shop press

So far, how many dollars and cents have been expended on this project? I've periodically entertained thoughts of designing and building a press, but then I see the Chinese contraptions and think to myself, "Can I build one that is better, but no more expensive?" So far the answer seems to be "no." I...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: OT creative language
Replies: 37
Views: 7584

Re: OT creative language

My father was a smoker. When he was about 52 years old, on his way home from a half day's work on a Saturday, he pulled his pack of smokes from his pocket, looked at them and tossed them out the window. Never touched them again. Cold turkey is really the only way to quit smoking. It takes a lot of ...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 12382

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

dash9 wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:23 am
Bite the bullet and get a Haas CNC lathe.
Bullet? Looks to me as though you ate a battleship round. Nice machine!
by BigDumbDinosaur
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Lathe for turning wheels
Replies: 61
Views: 12382

Re: Lathe for turning wheels

I'd love to add a lathe to my shop, but these days, too much of my (mostly-fixed) income is being diverted to the medical profession in various ways (no pun intended). I hate having to depend on others to do what I could do if the necessary machines and tooling were available. However, I'd like to c...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Source for Wheels & Axles
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Re: Source for Wheels & Axles

LIALLEGHENY wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:06 pm
I have a CNC turning center so holding tolerances is not an issue. If you are interested I could send you a quote. If you want I can quote any alloy of your choice.
Contact me via PM, please.
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Source for Wheels & Axles
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Re: Source for Wheels & Axles

8 pieces of 5-1/2" rounds of 1" plate (to turn 40" wheels for 1.5"/1.6" scale, will fit in one large USPS flat rate box which is less than $20. You need not limit yourself to the Chicago area in my opinion. True that, and I said as much in my post. As for material, C1045 or C1144 rolled rounds is m...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Source for Wheels & Axles
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Source for Wheels & Axles

I am in the process of building up some new Blomberg B trucks and have run into a snag. In the past, I had gotten Diesel-sized wheels (scale 40 inches) from Tom Bee and had a local machine shop who was a client of mine produce axles to my drawings. The machine shop went out of business two years ag...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 21230

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

ccvstmr wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:58 pm
BigDumbDinosaur wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:51 pm

4) No crud in the new boiler to impair heat transfer into the water. :D
BDD...#4)...maybe so. BUT...with the crud in the old boiler firebox water legs...consider this. There was less water to heat! Carl B.
Yes, but will the locomotive run on hot crud? :D
by BigDumbDinosaur
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electrical wiring in the home shop.
Replies: 61
Views: 11171

Re: Electrical wiring in the home shop.

Step drills are the answer when you don't have knockout punches. Having the right tools for the job is part of doing the job. :D As was previously said, creating holes in electrical panels is accomplished with knockout punches. Punches make round and accurately-sized holes, not raggedy ellipses.
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 730 Gets a Boiler
Replies: 82
Views: 21230

Re: 730 Gets a Boiler

Fuel keeps going and going ...Attribute this improvement to several factors: 1) new boiler key hole fire box has greater heating surface area than the old boiler rectangular fire box, 2) number of flues went from qty=21 in the old boiler to qty=28 flues in the new boiler, 3) more thorough and bette...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 34
Views: 6079

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

I read somewhere that it's okay to put more than three #3 wires in 3/4" conduit. The person who wrote that must have a great sense of humor. It's true that you can get three in, if your run is a foot long with no bends. I switched to 1", and now that it's done, I can see that 1.25" was the way to g...
by BigDumbDinosaur
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dead 3/4 hp motor - starter capacitor?
Replies: 10
Views: 2673

Re: Dead 3/4 hp motor - starter capacitor?

whateg0 wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:41 pm
I can see where if you were really aggressive in some steels, it might be beneficial, but for the bulk of what we do, it just makes an unnecessary mess, IMO.
I agree, especially if using a good-quality bi-metal blade (my preferred brand is Lenox).