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by Fender
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sil-Phos Identification
Replies: 31
Views: 4577

Re: Sil-Phos Identification

It should be noted that the sil-fos on the outside areas is not the problem. It’s inside the firebox and on the tubesheets where the failure occurs. In principle, you could replace the guts of a failed copper boiler and salvage the outer shell, but this may not be practical.
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 4258

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

James, 0.250” is the diameter squared, not the diameter (0.50” X 0.50” = 0.250 in sq). The question was about the diameter. Another poster stated that it was ok to use tubes smaller than 0.5” diameter because that was what he used on a 1/2” scale (2.5” gauge) pacific. This is a meaningless compariso...
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 4258

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

James Powell wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:06 am
I don't have a Chiloe drawing, but if the boiler is less than 17" between tube sheets, then .250 ID tubes fit into the ratio.
0.250 ID tubes? I believe this is a typo.
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 4258

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

The O.P. said this is a Chloe boiler. Most the responses assume coal firing, but the type of fuel was not stated. Based on my experience with boilers that size, fired on coal, any fire tubes smaller than 5/8" O.D. will have trouble with clogging with cinders. YMMV.
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 4258

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

What fuel do you plan to use? The smaller fire tube sizes are OK for propane, but not for coal. Conversely, really large fire tubes might not provide enough heat transfer with propane fuel, unless you introduce some turbulence within them via "turbulators" (twisted or corrugated metal strips inside ...
by Fender
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Machining a bell for better tone
Replies: 24
Views: 4931

Re: Machining a bell for better tone

I recall reading about how many church bells in Europe were cast, hundreds of years ago. It involved the whole community and multiple furnaces, to provide sufficient fuel and capacity to melt the quantity of metal required.
by Fender
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Decauville 0-4-0 1:22.58 Scale
Replies: 99
Views: 24307

Re: Decauville 0-4-0 1:22.58 Scale

..... I’m curious what you plan on using for track. 2-1/2” gauge is pretty much defunct in this country so finding a club track will be tough. So far the best options I’ve found are groovy track using 1X1/4” flat bar or 3/4” scale track. The Pennsylvania Live Steamers has a ground-level multi-gauge...
by Fender
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Craftsman 15 1/2 inch drill press vbelt
Replies: 47
Views: 28810

Re: Craftsman 15 1/2 inch drill press vbelt

The higher speeds are useful when you need to drill a lot of small holes in brass or aluminum. I have the same Craftsman drill press and use it a lot for holes up to about 5/8" in steel. Any larger drills cause a lot of chatter, squealing and/or blue chips on the slowest speed (350 RPM, I think). I ...
by Fender
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1945 footage of New England Live Steamers in Color
Replies: 21
Views: 3658

Re: 1945 footage of New England Live Steamers in Color

Had to laugh at the guys “shunting” the two-foot gauge equipment in true “live steam” form (by hand). :D
by Fender
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help with water pump - no pressure
Replies: 10
Views: 1938

Re: Help with water pump - no pressure

Sorry you are having trouble with your pump. But assuming you get it working properly, would it be oversize for the engine? By my calculations, a 1/2” ram with a 5” stroke will pump about one gallon of water for each 250 revolutions. What size are the cylinders?
by Fender
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: NYC Niagara
Replies: 14
Views: 4091

Re: NYC Niagara

Berkman wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:25 pm
What happened to the 7.5 gauge Niagara that was being built in Florida?
Pete Bialecki of North Ft. Myers was building a 7.5" gauge Niagara but he passed away before it was completed. It was sold from the estate, but I don't know where it is today.
by Fender
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Leaf spring, blue temper stock sources?
Replies: 20
Views: 4261

Re: Leaf spring, blue temper stock sources?

Spring steel at least in scale thickness is too stiff to work well. A stack of steel leafs acts more like a bar then a spring. Phosphor bronze is a much better material for scale leaf springs Spring steel leaves that are scale thickness can be mixed with enough plastic (Delrin/acetal) leaves to ach...