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Member postings for Chris Gunn

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Thread: South Bend Heavy Ten Fixed Steady
30/12/2020 11:37:45

Roger, I have some knurled screws that are 1/4" x 20 whitworth that would do nicely, they should fit OK, I will send some if you PM me with your address.

Chris Gunn

Thread: Colchester student oil
18/12/2020 22:19:38

Alex, I guess the oilers on your Student are the ball type oilers like those on my Bantam, if you search for ball type oilers there are plenty available. They are almost certainly Imperial, with the diameter of the oiler body determining the size. You can lever the old ones out with a screwdriver and just tap the new ones in with a hollow drift.

Chris Gunn

18/12/2020 22:18:39

Alex, I guess the oilers on your Student are the ball type oilers like those on my Bantam, if you search for ball type oilers there are plenty available. They are almost certainly Imperial, with the diameter of the oiler body determining the size. You can lever the old ones out with a screwdriver and just tap the new ones in with a hollow drift.

Chris Gunn

Thread: New scam to beware of
05/12/2020 21:30:32

R Johns, thanks for that, nice to know I am not the only one, I bet there are more out there, i will try and get a more sensible answer about this from the fraud folk, they ought to be aware, as if all the scammers do the same thing, the majority of recipients will not copy and paste, they will not bother if it is not easy to report the scams, and the scammers will win.

Chris Gunn

05/12/2020 20:34:31

I have had a lot of the BT scam emails, and usually forward these to report phishing who are in my contacts folder.

The other day I had another scam email, and attempted to forward it, but the computer said no. I tried several times and could not forward it. As a test I forwarded a couple of other emails with no problem, and went back to the rogue email, and again i could not forward it, so just deleted it. This is the second time I have had this experience. Has anyone else had the problem? Any one know if the scammers are responsible somehow? I did ask action fraud who did not seem to know or want to answer my question.

Chris Gunn

Thread: Next issue late?
26/11/2020 13:50:13

I am still waiting for a paper ME4652, did everyone else above get theirs?

Chris Gunn

Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
01/11/2020 20:41:26

Ray, thanks for the heads up on the band saw, I would have missed it otherwise. I got one this morning, just 4 left in the shop, i will have a play with it in the morning. Can you share with us where the better quality blades you mention came from, if the moderators allow?

Chris Gunn

Thread: Mixed Metals
21/10/2020 22:08:37

Simon, crossheads are made from gun metal so they wear well, brass will not wear anywhere near as well, could you get a lump of bronze or gunmetal and use that?

Chris Gunn

Thread: Recycling Fire extinguisher pressure gauges
28/09/2020 22:09:21

Robert thanks for that, and Ian, I have not taken one apart yet.

I sought advice from the forum before I did anything, and as usual the members came up trumps, and saved me wasting time on this. I have 6 old extinguishers, still viable if the gauges are to be believed, and saw how to turn them into table lamps on Find it, Fix it Flog it the other day, and this led me to think about re-purposing the gauges as well.

Thanks to all

27/09/2020 20:09:05

Ian, I do hold the club boiler testing gear, including a calibrated gauge,.

John, I did not realise the gauge on the extinguisher was was a much higher range, I should have realised the contents will be at a higher pressure then say 100PSI to be effective. I guess that is why they use coloured sectors rather than indicate the true pressure. Also the construction of the body would point to a higher pressure than is useful to us.

Martin the boiler test includes checking the pressure gauge against the calibrated test gauge.

Chris Gunn

27/09/2020 12:50:55

Has anyone tried recycling the nice 20mm diameter fire extinguisher pressure gauges for use on Models? I have some that are about 20mm diameter with a face marked in red green then red sectors.

It seems that a new face could be added once the gauge had been calibrated.

Chris Gunn

Thread: Steam Raising Blower
25/09/2020 22:28:54

Duncan, in my case the fan does not run for many hours in a normal rallying year, and the exhaust fans are light. I am using an ex lorry wiper motor which is pretty chunky with decent bearings.

Peter, my exhaust fan is quieter and seems to run cleaner than my home made one, and there is much more clearance around the impeller of the exhaust fan, which may help in this regard.

Chris Gunn

24/09/2020 16:28:18

Bill, thanks for the info on blades, I went to a lot of trouble to make a 6 bladed impeller with forward facing blades, and after 2 or 3 outings it collected enough soot to make it vibrate, bits would break off and jam it. At rallies it whined so much that folks would shout "all clear" when i switched it off.

I adapted a central heating exhaust fan in a tenth of the time, and it is much better. British gas service engineers are replacing these daily, so if you know someone on a maintenance contract, get a request in early.

Chris Gunn

22/09/2020 21:47:02

Plus one for a central heating boiler exhaust fan. The 240v motors fail, and it is easy to remove it and fit a 12v motor instead.

I ditched my home made one which sounded like an air raid siren for one of these.

Chris Gunn

19/09/2020 21:47:13

Noel, an expanding reamer will not take much out, much quicker to make the boring bar I mentioned, and bore 1/2" back. you can do it in one cut if your tubes are 1/8" thick, leaving a 10 to 15 thou wall for example. I did some research before trying the method I describe in my article, it seemed half pulled the tubes out from the front, and half knocked them through into the firebox. Some folks I know worked on a 4" Foster, and knocked the tubes from the front into the firebox, and cut a piece off, and repeated until the tube is fully out. it is a 2 man job, 1 to hold the drift, and one to wield the sledge hammer. This seemed rather brutal to me, very hard work, and was quite time consuming, 2 or 3 tubes an evening if all went well. unless one makes a series of drift/mandrels it is not possible to support the tube internally as it is driven through. The chance of damaging the front tube plate seemed higher to me that way too.

I could get my tubes out on my own. If you plan take the tubes on your engine out this way, i am having difficulty in seeing how you could use the hydraulic rams in the firebox, or would you push from the front?

Chris Gunn

19/09/2020 12:42:42

I had a couple of tubes crumple as they came out, if one uses a mandrel that is as good a fit as possible in the bore this stops the tube crumpling. Then one must make a drift and knock the bent tube back in the boiler, and hook it out of the mud hole, and cut bits off it untll you can get it all out.

Noel do not be put off, it can be done with patience. However if you are not happy to have a go there are folks out there who will do it for you, at a price of course.

Chris Gunn

18/09/2020 21:01:38

Noel, I hope you can get a copy of the 2 articles I wrote longer ago than we all think, but to answer your question, I ground the ends of the tubes back to the firebox back plate, so any swelled tube ends were removed. I could get in with a 4" disc grinder to get most of the corner ones. Today i would use a power file as well to get in the corners. At the front I made a bar to fit the tubes, and fitted a boring tool to it, and adjusted it to remove most of the material in the bore just about 1/2" in. I was surprised how easily it cut using a power drill. then I used 16mm studding to pull the tubes out, and they came out OK. However it is easy to strip the studding if you get a tight one. If I were to do it again, like one of my fellow club members this year, I would use a hydraulic puller. It has been a bad year for tubes in our club, a 3" McClaren, a 3" little Samson and a 3" Allchin have all been done more or less this way.

Chris Gunn

Thread: Amazon Prime scam?
07/07/2020 19:55:23

We had the same type of call today, relating to an alleged fraudulent payment on our Mastercard credit card.

I am told that if you press 1 you get connected to a premium rate line, can anyone confirm this?

Chris Gunn

Thread: Making Parallels
20/06/2020 20:48:24

Andrew, I would use bar stock for your parallels, they will be good enough for most purposes, and if you accidentally drill or mill into them, you will not damage your cutting tools. You can buy enough material for a couple of sets of any size, and offcuts never go amiss. Mark them up when you get them so you always use a pair from the same original stock. You can get a lot of bar stock parallels for the price of the hardened and ground sets.

Chris Gunn

Thread: Boiler
20/06/2020 20:32:57

Robin, it depends who put the number on. Your number could be one from a club, or if made by a professional boiler maker could have his or her mark on it.

Most Model engineering clubs who carry out boiler tests call for a number to be added for identification, if the boiler is not already numbered. The club or owner would stamp the boiler, and this could indicate the club that tests the boiler. A club would be happy to use a boiler makers number for I/D if there were one. A boiler makers number could have a makers code as well. Why not share the number with the community who may well be able to answer your question?

Chris Gunn

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