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Member postings for Philip Burley

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Thread: ST boiler insulation again
04/12/2019 11:57:29

oh yes sorry , they are the old fashioned 501 and a 504


04/12/2019 08:49:30

Hello , I cant be the first to look for suitable insulation materiel for a ST boiler . I have some woven materiel . but it isnt right , it needs something rigid about 1/4 inch thick


Thread: pressure release valve
17/11/2019 11:05:30

I bought a second hand 5 inch boiler . It passed the hydraulic test fine . just a dribble from the fittings . The pressure release valve seems very small for the size of the boiler , is it OK to fit another bigger one on the new steam turret

regards Phil

Thread: Better work
26/10/2019 07:54:07

I recognise " silly old duffer " Mine have been "moderately acceptable " But I have met up with another local model maker , he made me a pair beautiful miniature oilers for my ST no 1 , When I came to fit them I was embarrassed to do it , I started to see all the faults on my engine , so I have stripped it down to re work the big end and refit the crosshead pit etc etc ,


Thread: slidway lapping
17/10/2019 12:33:40

Hello , I have taken out a sub on MEW , so will be able to read " how to do it " , But I wonder if any kind person would send me a copy of the measuring article in last months mag please


16/10/2019 14:41:33

hello , the answers are just about what I thought . My old S7 saddle is ok where most of my work is done but tight at the tail end ., But I never need to go there anyway !!!!


16/10/2019 08:56:12

I have just been reading in an old copy of ME about how to lap in a saddle that is tight at tailstock end due to years of work at the headstock end using something called Timesaver compound on the bed edge under the gib strips . Has anyone tried it ? Might end up being sloppy fit every where !!


Thread: engine tightness
14/10/2019 11:50:41

I think I am worrying too much !! after all it works , so cant be much too tight , its just the newness !!

13/10/2019 19:14:08

my piston isn't made in 2 halves so not quite to easy to remove the rings to check it without the drag of them , but I will dismantle it and check . The bore wasn't lapped , but it has been run on the lathe for half an hour well oiled , Thing is , should the engine spin over a couple of turns , or is that expecting too much ? . It certainly wont at the moment . but it turns with a finger in the fly wheel , Not having anything to compare it to is the problem


12/10/2019 09:26:02

Hello , I have built a ST no I engine , 2 in X 2 in, Thing is , how tight should it be ? It turns over , but not freely . run it in on the lathe for half an hour and runs on air . It has home made iron rings . Previously made mill engine and a beam engine turn much more freely . . I just wondered if the piston fit or, the rings are too tight Can any one with a similar engine tell me how easily there's turns over


Thread: Saw doctor
06/10/2019 18:02:22

I spent my whole working life as a saw doctor in various saw mills , with a good sideline sharpening hand saws . The cost of proper files and cheap hard tips saws put an end to that , these days deteriorating eyesight prevents me doing the fine tooth ones , bur still sharpen my own hand saw ,


Thread: Red Wing build article
02/10/2019 07:00:10

thanks Mike , that's the one I have downloaded , just thought that any other ideas about how to do things would be useful

John , I will send you a PM and I hope we can correspond


01/10/2019 13:28:21

Hello Yes I have downloaded one build article , but cant have too many ideas about how to tackle it


01/10/2019 12:43:49

I just wondered if any one had a print out of the Red Wing build article that I understand appeared in ME April 2000, Vol 184 No 4117. I don't know if there were follow ups in later issues .


Thread: citric acid
23/09/2019 18:52:38

So should I dump this and mix some fresh , or carry on using it , Will it still have the cleaning effect ? Should I have made a stronger mix ?


23/09/2019 17:26:26

A couple of weeks ago I made a mix of citric acid from powder , I used it for cleaning some copper parts before I soldered them . Today I took the lid off to use it again and found it contaminated with a lot of small black balls of something . I would have thought that the mildly acid solution would kill off any fungus etc Any ideas what this might be ?


Thread: Drill running off course
17/09/2019 12:18:27

I had this trouble drill bronze , A friend re sharpened my drills and since I have had no problems , Some of the new 2.5 mm drills were very poorly sharpened , but they were cheapo ones

regards Phil

Thread: drillling bronze
13/09/2019 13:15:12

well there's a thing , Never had much success sharpening very tiny drill s , but just did it with small high speed wheel and magnifying glass , flattened the edge a bit and low they cut far better that they ever did new , lovely curly chips coming out . ! pity I spoiled the bit of bronze , have to start again now .

regards Phil

13/09/2019 12:17:34

I was sold to me as PB1 , drilling about 1/4 inch deep , tried fast and slower and with neat cutting oil , but havnt flattened off the drill edges , Sent for some more drills Run out now !

13/09/2019 11:09:09

I have given up for this morning , broken 2 drills , trying to drill some bronze 2 1/2 mm to tap 3 mm . Where am I going wrong ?


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