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by reubenT
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electrical wiring in the home shop.
Replies: 61
Views: 19513

Re: Electrical wiring in the home shop.

only if it's a non conductive coating of some kind of plastic compound like polyurethane. My wiring is atrocious, but it's a crude dirt floor shop and the dirt is pretty dry. Didn't want concrete in the foundry area anyway, and couldn't afford concrete when I built it. Only spent about $200 to build...
by reubenT
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Baking Cores
Replies: 7
Views: 6470

Re: Baking Cores

The recipe I have for core sand is 90% sand and 10% white flour, dampened with water that contains 10-20% molasses. Baked till dry and used immediately so it won't soak up moisture from the environment. I would think ceramic floor tile would work fine for baking plate. Long as it really is kiln fire...
by reubenT
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Cylinder castings
Replies: 25
Views: 19769

Re: Cylinder castings

Back in the 1800's there were many small foundries, and they figured out how to do decent quality work, as much by trial and error as anything. Combine the foundry with a machine shop and they had full manufacturing capability for most any kind of machine they might be interested in. It surely can't...
by reubenT
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Working with small wood pieces/patternmaking
Replies: 8
Views: 6054

Re: Working with small wood pieces/patternmaking

Jigs and rigs, clamps and braces, just have to invent something. I have found that the harder the wood the better it cuts on the metal lathe for pattern making. Soft wood turns up the grain in places with a metal bit. The last piece I used was just a random piece of firewood, decided it was sweet gu...
by reubenT
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 128
Views: 52917

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

Haven't been around here much, just not that much to talk about. I think cell phones and internet have been as much a curse as a blessing. I hate cell phones myself and don't use one. Got one just for driving truck because it was necessary, but got it on monthly subscription and did not renew it soo...
by reubenT
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mike Brown engine
Replies: 0
Views: 3761

Mike Brown engine

It seems someone in town we know ordered one some time back, one of the 3 HP 2 cylinder versions. His life has since changed pace and he no longer wants it. But it's coming in anyway. So he's giving it to my neighbor, should arrive any day now. My neighbor lives back in the woods off grid, could use...
by reubenT
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Water treatment for iron boiler?
Replies: 24
Views: 9438

Re: Water treatment for iron boiler?

I use LSB4000 locomotive boiler water treatment, contains an oxygen scavenger to protect the boiler from rust. And distilled water is the best to use, rain water next best. It takes an extremely small amount to do the job. I think the treatment used for water stoves works too, cheaper but maybe not ...
by reubenT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: unique water pump
Replies: 55
Views: 12395

Re: unique water pump

Sorry if what I said was seen to be an attack on anyone, not meant that way. Once in awhile I see my German blunt nature pop up and realize it only afterwards. My momma taught me to never make decisions quickly, always make sure all the evidence is in before drawing any conclusions for or against an...
by reubenT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: unique water pump
Replies: 55
Views: 12395

Re: unique water pump

OK, no more on the theories. I guess I just know too much about stuff I'm not supposed to know about, I should learn to not talk about it because no one wants to hear. Can I report actual physical and electrical measurements when the device is operational and tested? or is that forbidden as well? It...
by reubenT
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: unique water pump
Replies: 55
Views: 12395

Re: unique water pump

This post was in violation of board policy, and has been deleted, as no cites were presented. Note that it has been copied and saved, and can be reinstated if cites are provided. Otherwise, it can safely be concluded that it is nothing short of nonsense. Be advised----misinformation is not permitte...
by reubenT
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Foundry Question
Replies: 7
Views: 3512

Re: Foundry Question

by the way, what does it cost to have small single items done at a foundry nowadays? Just wondering if it's reasonable. I know it has to be way higher per piece than production work when 1000's of the same piece are done. I never intend to go into production, just do my own with occasional outside j...
by reubenT
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Whistle advice?
Replies: 42
Views: 15198

Re: Whistle advice?

Use as many tones as you like, as long as they are all tuned to harmonize. It's off harmony tones that clash. Like an orchestra playing hundreds of notes in harmony sounds wonderful, one instrument out of tune throws it all off. A trumpet has many doubled up pipes to get lower notes, with the keys c...