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Member postings for John Billard 1

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Thread: Soldering a front tube plate
18/10/2021 21:32:03

Thanks Noel

You are quite right about a drive fit. What if it goes in awry and how do you retrieve it without damage?

Thanks Rob

The Blondihacks viewing is compulsory particularly as she is so honest about how it went wrong.

John B

18/10/2021 20:29:21

Thanks Clive. Presumably the tube plate is sealed by a fillet of solder. In any case I accept that if there was a gap it would be difficult to maintain it.

Kind regards

John B

18/10/2021 15:14:54

All the references I have seen advise that a front tube plate should be driven into the boiler shell before soldering. What about the capillary gap? Do we rely on the boiler shell expanding?

John B

Thread: Dore-Westbury Mill
14/08/2021 17:16:10

I have fitted xyz DRO to my Dore Westbury using bits from EMS International. As with Phil, it wasn't cheap but I can say that it has transformed the machine.

Best wishes

John B


Edited By John Billard 1 on 14/08/2021 17:16:50

Thread: Powder coating quality of finish
10/07/2021 22:26:30

I agree that powder coating can be very successful in certain applications but the result can vary.

I learned my lesson years ago when I had a set of wire wheels ex-Morgan powder coated. These can flex where the spoke enters the rim or hub thus fracturing the coating and causing corrosion to creep under it. This was never really resolved and the best cure was a new set of (painted) wheels.

Best wishes

John B

Thread: Fusible plug in a 5" gauge copper boiler?
05/07/2021 22:41:12

Thank you for all your comments and advice!

It seems pretty clear to me that there is little advantage in fitting a fusible plug into a 5" gauge copper boiler. It was a good discussion.

Kind regards

John B

28/06/2021 13:07:27

What are the pros and cons for putting a fusible plug in the copper boiler of my Claud, under construction?

I have never really found it necessary in my 5" Manor and I am minded to omit it unless there are good reasons not to.

Kind regards

John B

Thread: Brazing Hearth
08/06/2021 19:30:23

Thank you all for your comments - much appreciated. I have some Thermalite blocks or similar that I might use. Plan to mount them in an angle iron frame - I just wonder what the best size would be? I can visualise a 5 1/2" boiler barrel red hot - I don't want it going anywhere else!

John B

07/06/2021 18:54:00

Any tips and ideas for creating a hearth suitable for making a medium size 5" gauge loco boiler?


John B

Thread: 30 hour clock electric winder
18/05/2021 22:34:12

A friend has 17 clocks to wind every week and he uses a hand held electric drill. This has a key in the chuck with the "wings" cut off.

John B.

Thread: Missing ME
16/05/2021 12:38:34

Thank you Stephen and Neil

I am following this up.

Kind regards

John B

15/05/2021 20:51:23

I haven't received the latest issue. How can I check that all is well with my account?


John B

Thread: Painting staircase spindles
12/05/2021 19:56:32

There is a job worse than that - getting paint off staircase spindles. Ours were white painted - ugh - in a Victorian house (built by the GWR incidentally). After that huge job with Nitromors and wire wool we varnished them and they have looked good ever since. And will never want repainting!

John B

Thread: T Handle Allen Key Sets
08/05/2021 12:26:45

MSC Industrial have them on offer at the moment, an 8 piece set for £16.99. Plus VAT and carriage. Order for the next day. They are US made and good quality.

John B

Thread: Anyone else having problems printing from Pocketmags this month?
04/05/2021 21:53:27

Thank you Jason and everyone.

Success at last

I was learning a bit at a time till the whole picture emerged

Best wishes


04/05/2021 19:51:35

Thanks Gerald

Sorry to come back again. No luck so far.

I am opening with alternative viewer.

Not even sure how I get to the print stage! Do I use the print icon on the right hand bar on the screen, or use my system print? Tried both though without success.

Are we supposed to convert the whole mag to pdf then print selected pages?

Wish it was simpler though! I have must a block somewhere as I can manage most things on the pc.

Kind regards


02/05/2021 20:51:52

I have tried all this plus Jason's suggestion but it does not work for me - I end up with either a blank sheet of paper or a very small unreadable image.

Are there any official instructions without having to resort to numerous posting threads? Why is it so difficult?

In the meantime I have been in the workshop doing something productive!

But apologies if I missed something obvious.....

John B

Thread: Printing digital edition pages
02/05/2021 11:30:48

Thanks Gerald

But does that mean I have to pay a subs to Pocketmags as well? I's rather not.

Kind regards

John B

01/05/2021 20:51:15

I think this has been covered recently but can I be reminded how to print pages from my digital subs MEW?

Many thanks

John B

Thread: Dore-Westbury mills
01/05/2021 20:38:40

Assuming single phase 220/240v a 500w motor will be fine. I have Mk 1 but I believe the Mk2 is no different in this respect.

Kind regards


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