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« Reply #320 on: Nov 6th, 2007, 9:59pm »
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throat sheet with staybolts in for a test fit. we are getting close.

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« Reply #321 on: Nov 6th, 2007, 10:05pm »
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this pic shows the water legs between the side sheets and the rear tube sheet and throat sheet.

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« Reply #322 on: Nov 6th, 2007, 10:10pm »
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this pic shows the round stock that will be placed in both tube sheet to make sure they are aligned with each other.

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« Reply #323 on: Nov 6th, 2007, 10:13pm »
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   Man, OH man, oh man. As Ben used to say. That is really somthing!! OK Ray, keep 'er' rollin now. I can't believe how massive that boiler is ending up. Nice work my friend.
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #324 on: Nov 6th, 2007, 11:15pm »
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Ray, @ what point do you do some kind of a pressure test?  Will you do one in stages to make sure *up to that point* you're OK, do you do one major test near the end, or when it's rolling stock you run it & see if there's any excess blow off?

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« Reply #325 on: Nov 6th, 2007, 11:25pm »
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thanks Bruce,  I am hoping in the next day or  2 I will get the grinding done , and weld the firebox on.  Mark  ,after the boiler is comlpete , but befor it is installed, it will receive a pressure test.  This test is called a hyrdo test.  I will fill the boiler full of water , and then pump more water against the water in the boiler ,  I plan on running at 130lbs steam pressure so the hydro will be at least 260, prob closer to 300.

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« Reply #326 on: Nov 11th, 2007, 8:10pm »
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Tonight I finished grinding the joint between the firebox and barrel to get the  rear tube sheet , where it needed to be in relation to the front tube sheet. I placed the 3  1" round stock in , and then used a level across 2 of the  pieces of round stock to check both tube sheets . were true to each other.

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« Reply #327 on: Nov 11th, 2007, 8:31pm »
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front tube sheet with the level

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« Reply #328 on: Nov 12th, 2007, 11:06am »
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   Well that sure is a clever way to insure the aspect of front and rear tube sheets to each other. I've put sheets in myself but never used that technique. Neat idea.!!
 
   Again, Ray, thanks so much for shareing this most interesting boiler build with us.
 
   Take care, cain't wait to see this in person,
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #329 on: Nov 15th, 2007, 10:25am »
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   Friends,
 
   I purposely brought this thread forward due to the recent conversations directly pertaining to building boilers. And as has been mentioned, there are  many OPINIONS on this subject.  
 
   Take a peek through these pages. I do believe there is some very valuable information here that would be usefull to those who are starting out in the direction of boiler building.  
 
   It should be self evident by the pictures posted here, that this is a no nonsence, heavy boiler project. Built by a quiet, expierienced, live steamer/mechanic/welder.
 
   Take care,  
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #330 on: Nov 16th, 2007, 12:38am »
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This is simply an outstanding example of a robust boiler. I saw a couple of comments about weight versus the prototype. In 1/8 scale, you would expect about 781 pounds from a 400,000 pound prototype. However, this boiler is not built to scale and shouldn't be. The completed engine will probably run nearly twice that or 1200 - 1400 pounds. What a great job! The photos and writeup could be organized as a really useful tutorial. Or magazine article.

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« Reply #331 on: Nov 16th, 2007, 12:24pm »
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Ray has either been educated in it, is clairvoiant or is one of the most properly intuitive fabricators I have had the privilege to observe. Without dye penetrant, X-ray and ultrasound, it's impossible to make a proper assessment, but the welds are visually acceptable, for pressure vessel construction. I'd straddle this boiler at hydrostatic pressure!
 
His methodology and technique is beyond reproach. Ray's thought processes are evident in all of his work and this guy is wicked smart.
 
Ray could hang out his own shingle and hold his own with any of the commercial (steel) hobby boiler builders of whom I'm aware. Marty, watch out....This guy's a comer!
 
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OT Query: Why do some people hide behind their user name? The hobby is so small that we all either know, or know of, each other.


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« Reply #332 on: Nov 18th, 2007, 7:23pm »
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on sat. 11/17/07 the firebox and barrel became  one.  They are tack welded together, and  as soon as I finish beveling the barrel where the throat sheet attaches .  I will start welding this together

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« Reply #333 on: Nov 18th, 2007, 7:24pm »
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this pic shows the throat in place  being held by the staybolts, it is angled back a little from where it needs to be , due to the weight of the sheet  hanging on the staybolts.

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« Reply #334 on: Nov 18th, 2007, 7:46pm »
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this pic shows the throat  in it's proper position.

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« Reply #335 on: Nov 18th, 2007, 7:55pm »
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tack welds

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« Reply #336 on: Nov 18th, 2007, 7:57pm »
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another  view of the tack welds.

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« Reply #337 on: Nov 19th, 2007, 9:12am »
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   Ray,
 
   First of all. This is really looking GOOD.  I'm sure the boiler is now too heavy to lift except with the front end of your tractor. BTW, what are you looking at for a completion date or a test date. Any estimate?
 
   Again, and I know I'm repeating the words of many people, your work looks great.
Keep us updated.
 
   Take care,  
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #338 on: Nov 26th, 2007, 6:54pm »
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today I  finally tack welded the  throat on. just a couple quick pics  as i am off to work


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« Reply #339 on: Nov 26th, 2007, 6:56pm »
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throat  tack welds

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