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by pat1027
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USPS is a mess...
Replies: 41
Views: 13238

Re: USPS is a mess...

While politicians clamor for the postal service to cut losses and be more efficient, the postal service provides locations and services its competitors do not. UPS and FedEx cover my area from service centers 40+ miles away that cover at least two counties. You ship by printing your own forms and dr...
by pat1027
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Show us your milling machine!
Replies: 333
Views: 216155

Re: Show us your milling machine!

This was my dad's machine. I did a little work with it this week and thought I'd share it. It's a Browne & Sharpe No.1 Universal Milling Machine. I'm told the Yerkes Observatory was the original owner. It's a line shaft machine fitted with an electric drive. Along the way it picked up a Bridgeport h...
by pat1027
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 19561

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

My dad started his first locomotive when I was in my teens. With children still at home his budget for locomotive building was limited. He did everything in a four jaw chuck. It was slower than a three jaw at times but this was a hobby not his profession. His wheels were turned on mandrels. His axle...
by pat1027
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 19561

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

Can you tell me more about this? I probably want to finish all the wheels before I make any axles incase I accidentally bore the axle hole a little too big on some, I can compensate leaving more meat on an axle? Which side of the wheels do you think should be machined first? When I turned my driver...
by pat1027
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 19561

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

I agree. Before I begin a locomotive I should probably look at every part and plan out how I'm going to do every piece first? To a degree. Assuming you build a successful design with the capability of your equipment, it would be a good idea to give some thought to the overall sequence. But I would ...
by pat1027
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: This is my workbench now, what can I do to improve it?
Replies: 89
Views: 19561

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

What else can I do to be a faster machinist? Make something. Text books and Youtube will get you the basics of machining. With experience you will begin to visualize the most efficient/accurate way to handle the part through the machine. How to hold it. How to measure it accurately. How to locate h...
by pat1027
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foaming boiler water
Replies: 25
Views: 6035

Re: Foaming boiler water

Foaming is generally impurities collecting in a surface film surrounding the bubble making is somewhat stronger. Potato starch is used in prepared foods and things like stews as a thickening agent. It has also been experimented with as a surfactant (reducing surface tension) in waste water treatment...
by pat1027
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Do you guys feel you get more than just a Loco out of your builds?
Replies: 18
Views: 4122

Re: Do you guys feel you get more than just a Loco out of your builds?

You build a locomotive because you want the experience of doing it. Does a fisherman catch one fish or a golfer shoot one round and that's it they are done? No, if they enjoy it they do it year after year and look forward to it. Same with locomotives.
by pat1027
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ever get teased for being a live steamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 13596

Re: Ever get teased for being a live steamer?

Have I ever been teased? When I was a kid a few times. I had a Canadian Pacific lunch box I carried to school through my elementary years. It had a scene of a freight train on one side, a passenger train on the other and color art work of a train around the four sides. It was cool. Teased as an adul...
by pat1027
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Machinist's Level help
Replies: 88
Views: 18396

Re: Machinist's Level help

Set it on something level or reasonably close. See what it reads. Turn level 180 degrees and see if it reads the same. I set mine with a machinist level then turned a test bar.
by pat1027
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Kunkle safety valves
Replies: 15
Views: 7017

Re: Kunkle safety valves

Pounds [of steam evaporated] per hour is a boiler capacity rating, I'm guessing they are looking at sizing a valve.

https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/boil ... _1115.html

https://www.industrialcontrolsonline.co ... sion-table
by pat1027
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Grates
Replies: 2
Views: 1839

Re: Grates

Mine were fabricated in three sections to fit through the firebox door. They are 1/4 x 3/4 stainless bar bolted up with stainless threaded rod and nuts. The rods on the center section are staggered from the sides to allow them to nest together and maintain an even spacing. These are several years ol...