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A SITE FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN OLD STEAM ENGINE TECHNOLOGY.

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 on: January 06, 2018, 03:55:59 AM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by admin
Yep, and carbon-monoxide can be a (deadly) problem too if not vented correctly.

That is the problem I am having here with the cold; things just don't want to work very well.
The only thing that works well at the lower temps is the siphon burner running diesel, but it does not matter if everything else is frozen stiff.

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 on: January 06, 2018, 03:17:57 AM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by cae2100
yea, I didnt realize I had the camera set that high of resolution, Ill have to defenitely turn it back down. I wonder why the thread locked up, I thought that we had fixed that.

I was going to send her some pics of the saw because she kept asking if I had gotten around to working on it yet, lol. Ill probably send her pics of it and video of it running when I get it back together and to that point.

Im not sure of the ETA on the belts of the lathe, but evidently first thing monday morning, we're supposed to go to the parts store and pick up a serpentine belt to run on it for now. The shop is so cold atm that the heater wont even run, but it's supposed to go into the 30s next week, so hopefully it'll be enough just to get it to run. The oil on everything stopped being like oil at those temps and started acting like glue, which wouldnt let anything turn over very well, so I cant even use my drill press or shaper due to the oil being like syrup in them.

We were going to put a propane heater in there also that we have, but Im just kinda lerious of having anything with a flame even remotely around that building, lol.

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 on: January 06, 2018, 02:51:30 AM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by admin
I noticed that this site does not tolerate very well file sized that are much bigger than about 200k.

I keep my photos between 100 k and 200 k.

I have the maximum file size very large, and a few years ago I did not have any problems uploading large files, but apparently the hosting service has degraded quite a bit over the years.
I locked a thread up the other day when I loaded a file that was too large, and had to set the topics per view to 1 and lop off the last post to restore the topic.
Annoying, but nothing I can do about it.

Your shop looks great, and those countertops look like granite.

And the saw is looking very good too.
Don't show it to the people you bought it from; they may want it back.

I have tried to turn over a new leaf in my shop and keep the floor clean at all times; which means every time I use a machine, I clean up immediately with the shop vac.
It seems to be the only way to keep up with the mess, ie: don't let any garbage/debris stay on the floor.
Many/most of the guys I see online have very clean shops (not everyone though), and unfortunately in the past I have tended to work to the point of exhaustion (often late into the night), and then skip the cleanup phase.  But I have found out the hard way that the cleanup phase has to be part of the process, and included on a daily basis, or it all gets out of hand very quickly.

We are continuing to have cold weather here (below freezing), and I have given up trying to work on the furnace because all the extension cords and other plastic items are frozen, and are trying to crack (or are cracking).
It is suppose to get warmer in the next few days, but with rain, so that is not much good for getting things done either.

Do you have an estimated run date on the lathe.
I want to see that thing going again (we need videos to watch while we are trapped indoors due to the weather).

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 on: January 06, 2018, 12:52:57 AM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by cae2100
Maybe this will post this time, it errored out last time.

I figured I'd show an update. Here's pics of the shop with most of the equipment moved in. The workbenches are up, shaper's in, and while they're not the newest up to date pics, not much has changed besides a bit of cleaning and the big shop vac is next to the drill press in it's perminant home and everything is picked up and not scattered everywhere. It's been so cold here that I cant even get the heater to run because it's frozen.

I was working on the saw and just took it to the shop today, but it's just the base of it, not any of the actual working parts. I also got the countershaft bearings put on it also, which I had to replace the ones that were on it, they were completely and utterly shot.

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 on: December 29, 2017, 07:40:16 PM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by cae2100
thanks john, Ive gotten the lathe back together, but just need to go pick up some flat belts for the thing and mount/wire up the motor. I have a few other projects that need to be finished before the steam engine, but once the lathe is back up and running, it wont take long for those. I usually post my stuff on youtube, then just update this with the big updates with the steam engine. Here's my youtube page:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYCuE8KFwaIgG76kPTVR5jA

Nice meeting you and I hope to see more of you again.

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 on: December 29, 2017, 07:32:55 PM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by Johnlanark
Its a long time since I looked in. You're doing great stuff. I hope you get your lathe fixed and can make progress soon.
Best wishes, John in Scotland

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 on: December 17, 2017, 08:39:15 PM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by cae2100
well, time for an update, lol. I got the steam chest cover attached using studs so I dont strip out the holes with it being cast aluminum as Im working on it over time. I also was drilling out the bearing caps, but the one went off center slightly, so Ill have to stick it in the lathe to machine them up parallel to each other.

I also finally had gotten the gears and everything for the lathe back, so I just need to file the stuff down and machine the teeth back out, then a little touch up work with a file and it'll be good to go. Ive kinda decided to replace the leather belts with serpentine belts since they wont stretch over time, and have alot more grip and can transmit more power vs leather or canvas belt.

Hopefully I can get the lathe up and running before long, otherwise it's going to be a very long winter because most of my projects are on hold due to needing to make parts on the lathe.

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 on: October 16, 2017, 06:00:29 AM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by cae2100
I didnt really notice that part, but I know that I was on camera a time or two with the train ride, I was standing off to the side behind the barrier while the train went around, I dont like being on camera, but I thought the train ride was far too much fun to watch to really cut it all out, lol.

Most forums dim out the page and pops up the image with next/prev icons at the bottom left and close at bottom right. This forum is the only one that I know of that just makes them bigger in the page.

The screenshot that you have there was from the second part, which was saturday, and the first part was on the first page of pics that I started posting, so you may have seen both of them.

I have the second part as unlisted so that I can be lazy and do nothing for a few days to relax, and also have a video to release in a few days when it's time, lol. I also set it up like that so each video has time to get viewed rather than dumping a few out at a time and people only watching the last one to be uploaded, then asking questions about what was in the previous parts.

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 on: October 16, 2017, 05:53:30 AM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by admin
I often look at photos here and forget that I can click on them to enlarge them.
I don't think other forums do that? or maybe they do.

For all the detail in these photos, they definitely need to be enlarged to see it all.

The camera on the locomotive was too cool.

I have not seen the second video yet.
I will follow the link.

I found a self-portrait in the first video.
Did you notice it?

Edit:
Perhaps I watched the second video.
The Part 1 video is the only one that shows up in your video list.

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 on: October 16, 2017, 05:42:52 AM 
Started by cae2100 - Last post by cae2100
thanks, the weather really was nice, did you see the video for the second part, which was on saturday? It had the train and such in it along with a bunch of hit & miss engines, stuff that I didnt cover in the first one. I had probably 3-4 hours worth of video but had to edit it out to make it fit in a watchable length video. I really loved all of the steam whistles blowing all around the place and was having too much fun with the live steam train on saturday, lol.

I was talking to the guy that owns and runs the baker uniflow engine, and he said that there is actually a wierd spool valve setup in that thing rather than a balanced D-valve setup. It has a 3 part spool valve in it, which the steam goes through each part of the spool valve. I cant really think of how it would work, but does sound interesting.

We did have beautiful weather for the event, it was mid to low 70s, a few clouds in the sky and no real humidity. The only thing is, with the sun on you all day, any bald spots on your head tends to start hurting afterwards, lol. My face and head is all burnt from just running around all day long and just having fun the whole time.

I talked to the president of the historical society that sets up the festival each year, and I was wondering what it would take to set up a booth over there next year to show the casting stuff. The few people I talked to it just seemed like they were ready to jump out of thier seats when I explained what it actually was that I do and was wanting to do there. I can pretty much guarantee that about half of the staff there will be gone from thier stations when that furnace gets started up, lol. I just need to call and talk to him sometime in august, and they'll work everything out to get me my own private area set up. The one lady was kinda iffy, but as soon as she realized that I wasnt going to be selling anything, that there's nothing else like that ever been there, and that Im only doing a demonstration, she was ok with it. She said as long as it brings in the crowd, lol. Im pretty sure that will happen, lol.

I wish you could have been there also, that would have been awesome. I joined a local steam club and went to one of the meetings, but met a bunch of the people there and ran around with them most of the day, hence how I got alot of the video that I had gotten, and I had people come up to me that recognized me from youtube and wanted pics and was wanting to get me into places that I normally wouldnt be able to go, like the cab of the locomotive in the second video or the boiler room of the mill, which has always been shut off from the public minus the overhead lookout that you cant really see that much. It was really interesting to say the least, and I defenitely had fun, lol.

Also, I know about clicking on the photo to enlarge it, lol.

Edit: Here's the second day, saturday's video in case you missed it. The place expanded like 2-3 times on saturday vs friday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8iJFn3kSQE

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