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by Fender
Mon May 18, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 4174

Re: Silver soldering set up

Glenn Brooks wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 1:02 pm
How would one harden up the copper after soldering?

Glenn
Annealed copper “work hardens” by cold forming. I don’t know of any way to harden it by heat-treating.
by Fender
Sun May 17, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver soldering set up
Replies: 16
Views: 4174

Re: Silver soldering set up

It’s very important to get any oxidation and all traces of oil off of the parts before fluxing and heating. Usually a scrubbing with fine sandpaper followed by detergent and warm water, then a rinse will suffice. To keep the solder from spreading where you don’t want it to go, mark the boundary with...
by Fender
Sat May 09, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4
Replies: 715
Views: 181234

Re: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4

Charlie,
I have a suspicion you will need some type of crane to move that around before too long!
by Fender
Wed May 06, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 7361

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

I think it’s also worth mentioning that any of these chemicals used to treat the water are only needed in minute quantities. Of course, if you are descaling with vinegar, citric acid or hydrochloric acid, it will need to be a stronger concentration to be effective, but this is followed by a good flu...
by Fender
Tue May 05, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 7361

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

Another alternative to neutralize the vinegar or correct the pH of boiler water is pH increaser from a pool supply store.
by Fender
Tue May 05, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 7361

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

Mr. Watson, what should the concentration of vinegar and the bicarbonate be in each solution? My chemistry classes have long faded away. Were it my boiler, I would try a 25% solution of white vinegar in the boiler, completely full. Gently heating the water will speed up the process. Afterwards, rem...
by Fender
Sat May 02, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Let's cleanup that old boiler
Replies: 30
Views: 7361

Re: Let's cleanup that old boiler

A typical method would be to fill the boiler with a vinegar solution, let it soak for awhile, then flush with a basic solution like bicarbonate soda. A high-pressure wash in between should remove most of it.
by Fender
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: miniature brass hinges
Replies: 13
Views: 4826

Re: miniature brass hinges

I googled "miniature strap hinges" and found quite a selection. Also, "dollhouse hinges" gives results.
by Fender
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Announcing ASR Legends Of Steam - Doyle McCormack
Replies: 6
Views: 3647

Re: Announcing ASR Legends Of Steam - Doyle McCormack

Seems to me that this post belongs in the marketplace, not here.
by Fender
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Air Pump D Valves
Replies: 29
Views: 8038

Re: Air Pump D Valves

I found this item on ebay. PEEK 1.0 in. diameter, 3.0 in. long.
by Fender
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Air Pump D Valves
Replies: 29
Views: 8038

Re: Air Pump D Valves

Would glass-filled PTFE have the same problems as the Torlon?
by Fender
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 865
Views: 242841

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

Some years ago, I found a “school teachers” bell at an import store that looked remarkably like a scale locomotive bell. They had several in stock, and I rang each of them, then picked the one with the lowest tone. This is not exactly the same bell, but you get the idea. One thing I learned is that ...