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Member postings for Brian H

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Thread: Stainless steel boilers
28/01/2022 10:24:45

I have every sympathy with Speedy Builder 5 as my first boiler was made when I worked in the aircraft industry. The boiler was made using certified 316 and tig welded by a coded welder followed by pressure testing. I then joined the local model engineering society only to find that only copper, silver soldered boilers were accepted.

Everything else on the model (a 5 inch Terrier) was also made in 316, even the wheels.


27/01/2022 11:15:03

The problem with stainless steels is that you need to be sure exactly which one you have, not all of them would be suitable for boilers.

Without being an expert, I would think that 316 would be most suitable but I would want to see a test certificate than corresponded with printed markings on the sheet.

316 can be silver soldered successfully using Tenacity 5 flux or equivalent and preferably solder with a 55% silver content.


Thread: Clock Restorer
27/01/2022 09:11:36

Hello Martyn and welcome. I'm no clockmaker but I have restored a few and, like you, fancied making a complete one. I chose an English Regulator to a published design and really enjoyed making it although I chickened out of making the case, which was made for me by a local cabinet maker.

The clock keeps good time and looks good in the living room.

All the best with what you want to do,


Thread: Unknown tool
26/01/2022 16:25:30

Usually known as a warding file I believe, due to their use to cut the ward (slots) in lock components including keys.

The are useful when filing slots as they will only cut on the edge and do not widen the slot.


Thread: Workbench top
26/01/2022 16:04:42

My workbench tops came from a dealer in reclaimed wood. The are a multiply board with a black plastic coating and were originally used as shuttering for poured concrete. The plastic coating prevents the concrete from sticking. The boards are about 3/4 inch thick and are heavy and sturdy.


Thread: Britain Capstan Lathe
25/01/2022 17:42:23

Hello Andrew and welcome.

I cannot help much but this may be of interest to you:



Thread: Hi from Suffolk
25/01/2022 08:29:36

Hello Ian and welcome. Not built a Congreve clock but have made the English Regulator, which keeps excellent time.

I don't think that worn machinery should be a problem, you just need to learn and compensate for it. And another thing, a lot of clockmaking is handwork and even the turning does no need to be that accurate, the main thing is that parts should fit fairly loose so that there is no friction.

I wish you all the best with your project and look forward to reading updates on progress.

If you find you need help and advice then this is the place to come.


Thread: Raglan Capstan MKII
24/01/2022 15:51:01

Congratulations on your new acquisition, here is a site with info on your lathe:**LINK**


Thread: Brass casting - who to contact?
23/01/2022 10:04:41


Brian (I have no connection with them)

Thread: New highway code rule.
23/01/2022 09:17:34

If you open a door in front of a cyclist (or any other person), what difference does it make what hand you use? Another example of useless rule making.

Thread: Lathe change gears vs gearbox
21/01/2022 10:44:13

I have a Boxford AUD with gearbox but it is also possible to add change wheels to increase the number of pitches available.


Have a look at this site for information:


Thread: How to contact Model Engineering Website
19/01/2022 17:46:43

Many thanks John and Dick for the info. After carefully reading the site I found an address I used to contact David.


19/01/2022 16:40:03

Does anyone know how to contact David Carpenter at Model Engineering Website? There appears to be no way of contacting via the website.


Thread: Clamping set (metric or imperial)
18/01/2022 09:03:57

I think that the most important thing is to ensure that your clamping set fits your Bridgeport. After that there is no need to worry about whether they are metric or Imperial.


Thread: Music on TV Programmes.
17/01/2022 16:33:42

It's not the loudness or otherwise of the so called, background music, it's the fact that it's there at all, especially when someone is talking.


15/01/2022 13:48:49

Going back to my original post, surely it must be possible to electronically filter out the background music?


Thread: Inverter for 3 phase supply
14/01/2022 15:09:00

I needed to supply 3 ph from 1 ph mains for an Alexander 3D mill and engraver and found company just of M1 Jtn 28 called ;

They were excellent in supplying a VFD with a remote controller and advising me how to wire it up.

I have no connection with them apart from being a very satisfied customer.


Thread: Model Engineering Website
14/01/2022 14:14:59

Just tried the link from SoB and it worked fine.


14/01/2022 10:12:30

I'm paying attention Noel!


Thread: Catastrophic Failure of Pressure Vessels
14/01/2022 09:38:21

My only experience of boiler failure was when a company that I worked for decided to build a range of domestic boilers to a German design, under licence.

One of the requirements was that we would have to carry out a destructive test using hydraulic pressure.

The boiler withstood over 5 times its design limit and then split in a non welded area. The lack of anything dramatic happening was somewhat of a disappointment but convinced me that a hydraulic test was the safest way to test a boiler.


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