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by reubenT
Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: first attempt at casting and machining a part.
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

I prefer small simple living quarters, spend all my time outside anyway, don't need much space inside. Somwhat primitive is my way of life. wood fire cooking and not much for indoor plumbing is fine by me. Convenience dosn't create happyness. My life is happiest spent between the barn the shop and t...
by reubenT
Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: throttle and engine valves
Replies: 10
Views: 2232

I'm going by the design and specs/metal grades specified in the plans sold by peter carlich. and rain water is what I have to use, as ground water here is loaded with calcium. the chlorinated water supply used to be miles away but then with some grant they ran it some 10 miles from town and came dow...
by reubenT
Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If I had a Hammer ... I hammer in the morning ...
Replies: 42
Views: 9888

so I suppose I'm rare huh? my dad is not a fixit type. Just can't seem to understand such things. His talents lie elsewhere, (worked in printing, was a very good proofreader) but I kind of became heavily a fix it guru. I guess inheriting my mother's mother's father's family's talents who were invent...
by reubenT
Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: first attempt at casting and machining a part.
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

first attempt at casting and machining a part.

I'm out in the woods on a mtn farm, built a shop, (still has a dirt floor, some will remain that way, dry dirt is much safer than cement when dealing with molten metal) a little over a year ago i bought off ebay an F.E. Reed lineshaft lathe with aftermarket electric adaption. 3 jaw scroll chuck, 4 j...
by reubenT
Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phase Converter Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1736

May be stuff ya already know, but. A 3 phase motor connected to single phase by 2 wires and all 3 going to the 3 phase equipment to be run makes a nice converter. Converter motor will need to be spun with a rope as the switch is thrown on to start it. 3 ph moter will run on 1 ph but won't start itse...
by reubenT
Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: slippin in with a steamy attatude
Replies: 12
Views: 2310

I've been told that using charcoal I'll get out of it purty much what goes in. Charcoal is a very old fuel for cupola use, isn't used any more except by hobbyists occasionally, but from what I've read it makes a nicer product than coke. I will find out when I start doing it. I will melt steel. pour ...
by reubenT
Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: throttle and engine valves
Replies: 10
Views: 2232

the truck that they used a bump valve on they drilled a hole in the bottom side of the cylinders to serve as exaust. and exausted into the chankcase. Worked same as a 2 cycle chainsaw engine. I like the valve exaust to eliminate back pressure. and I don't like the exaust going into the crankcase. Bu...
by reubenT
Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: slippin in with a steamy attatude
Replies: 12
Views: 2310

not sure whatcha mean about not pouring steel. The cupola blast furnace is the old standerd steel melter for melting with solid fuel, charcoal or coke. A good 3000 deg refractory lining and the right blast of air. can pour direct into a form but usually it's not posible to get the greensand mold und...
by reubenT
Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: throttle and engine valves
Replies: 10
Views: 2232

throttle and engine valves

Been thinking about it for some time, tried to do some research and don't get very far. Little info availible. looking for more ideas. In converting an IC engine to run on steam, I can use the built in poppet valves for exaust, (modified cam) but they only hold about 200 psi max for ingoing pressure...
by reubenT
Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:55 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Who supplies Tallow (steam oil)
Replies: 6
Views: 2102

or go for the good stuff made for the job, they have weights for different temperature/pressure ranges. http://www.steamenginelube.com/
by reubenT
Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: slippin in with a steamy attatude
Replies: 12
Views: 2310

slippin in with a steamy attatude

Hi ya'll. I was super interested in steam power when I was about 13 (late 70's) and studied it a good bit then, but then went on to other things because I had no resources to do anything. But the resource thing changes with time. Seems theres a lot of scale model steam loco interest here. That's a h...