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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Roly Williams
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Joined: August 2nd, 2006, 5:11 pm

May 8th, 2015, 5:16 pm #1

Frequently Asked Questions.



Please note; many of these answers have changed with our new host Tapatalk. I am updating them as and when I know the answers myself and I hope I'm getting them right. Please correct me if I'm wrong! 


How do I change my avatar/signature etc?
Click on your name in the top right hand corner of the screen and then click on "Profile". Click on "Edit Profile" and select the area you want to edit on the left hand side.

How to post images on the forum.

There are two main methods. The first is to attach the file(s) to the post using the "Add files" feature. (This works for most file formats, not just photos.)

1) Resize the image to around 800 pixels.
2)If you are not already there, click on "Full Editor & Preview". 
3) Click on "Add files" in the Attachments box. 
4) Select the file(s) you wish to upload. You can select one or many files together (up to 10). As the files upload, the file names will appear in a list, along with a "Place inline" button for each valid file name. (If the "Place inline" button does not appear then it probably means there is a problem with the file.)
5) Click on the "Place inline" button for each file in the order you wish them to display. This can be in any order you like and doesn't have to include all files.  The correct code is automatically inserted into your post.

The other method is to upload the image to a hosting service and use the host's "share" or "embed" code.

Some on-line/downloadable image resizers (There are others):
http://www.rw-designer.com/picture-resize
http://tinypic.com/
PhotoResize.exe

Resizing images using Paint in Windows
If you are using Windows 10 (and prob earlier versions) on a laptop and need to resize a photo from your picture or document files to a smaller size, ie to enable you post on this forum it is fairly straightforward.
1) Using the "Type here to search" box at the Win10 screen (bottom LHS), type "Paint", and select the 'Paint desk top app' result.
2) In the paint app select the 'File' tab, then 'Open' and find the folder containing your picture, click on the picture that you wish to resize, and click the 'Open' button at the bottom of that box.
3) The picture should now appear in the Paint app.
4) In the Paint app click on the 'Home' tab, and select the 'Resize' option.
5) In the Resize and Skew box that pops up tick the 'Maintain aspect ratio' then select the 'Pixels' button. In the 'Horizontal' box type 800 (the vertical box will automatically change), and click on OK
6) Open the 'File' tab again, select "SAVE AS" and change the file name (if you don't change the name, you will loose the original). The picture will be saved as a resized image.
You should now have a picture of the correct size to upload to the forum.

Embedding video in a post
You first need to upload the video to a video hosting site like YouTube. Once it is uploaded and processed, click on the "Share" button. A string of code will be shown which you need to copy and paste into your forum posting.

How do I submit an entry for the Engine of the Month?
Look out for a thread in the Engine of the Month section. The post will contain full instructions but basically you will need to send a photo and description of the engine by PM.

How to remove hub caps on TE1a etc.
If you look carefully at the hub cap (using a magnifying glass if necessary) you will see that it is held in place by two tiny tabs which bite into the shaft. If you grip the cap with pliers in between these tabs and pull; with a bit of luck, it comes off quite easily. If it doesn't, then just use brute force. Replacements are easily available.

A good alternative method can be seen in this video:


How to join metal drive bands.
There are two methods used by the main suppliers. If you have Mamod or Wilesco bands with the tapered end, just screw the tapered end into the other. To help stop it unscrewing, twist the ends in the opposite direction for a few turns before inserting and then screw them together. The other method, as used by Jensen, I believe, don't have the tapered end but have the last turn on each end bent out into a hook. The two ends are simply hooked together. This method can also be used for offcuts from Mamod and Wilesco bands where the tapered end has been cut off. Just bend the last turn on each end with pliers.

Gloss paint for fireboxes etc.
You're not likely to find a very high temperature paint with a good gloss finish. (If you manage to prove me wrong then please tell us all about it.) VHT brake caliper paint is a good compromise. It's good for 480 C and is an acceptable semi-gloss.

Where can I get spares?
Spares often show up on Ebay or, if you can't wait, there are a number of suppliers available on line. This is the list I keep handy on my desktop (there are many others):

CJW Steam http://www.cjwsteam.com/
EKP Supplies http://stores.ebay.co.uk/EKP-Supplies
Forest Classics http://www.forest-classics.co.uk/
Manor Models http://www.mamodparts.com/
Model Enthusiasts http://www.modelenthusiasts.com/
Westfield Fasteners http://www.westfieldfasteners.co.uk/
Some more are listed here: http://toysteamparts.com/
and here:http://www.smex.net.au/links/Links_LS_SuppliersUK.php

What thread size is the ... ... ?
See toy-steam-thread-sizes-t85745.html

How much water does my boiler take?
See boiler-water-capacities-t84012.html

How do I remove limescale from inside a boiler?
You can use any proprietary limescale remover or even vinegar (preferably white). Fill the boiler to the top with your chosen solution and leave to soak for the recommended time as per the instructions. In the case of vinegar, leave for about an hour. After soaking, empty the boiler and rinse it out thoroughly with clean water.

If the steam pipe needs descaling then this can be done by forcing solution down it with a syringe. Alternatively, with the boiler full of solution, turn it upside down and turn the flywheel by hand. This method is not advisable if there is loose debris inside the boiler, but it may be the only way without unsoldering the pipe. Again, rinse well afterwards.

If the safety valve or whistle etc need descaling, simply soak them in a cup of solution. As always, rinse well afterwards.

What water should I use in the boiler?
If you live in a soft water area then tap water is fine.

If you live in a hard water area then you should find a supply of soft water. Filtered rain water is ok but, if you are going to store it before use then you must boil it first to kill off any micro-organisms. Water from dehumidifiers and air conditioners can also be used similarly. You can buy distilled or de-ionised water in bottles, usually sold for use in car batteries and steam irons. Don't use the ultra-pure water as used in laboratories and semiconductor factories. It is TOO pure and will start dissolving the metal of the boiler and the solder. If you have a supply of this water then you can degrade it by adding about 10% tap water.

What oil should I use on my engine?
If you have the maker's recommendations then follow them.

Ideally, you should use a good thick steam oil for the cylinder and other places in the flow of steam. Steam oil can be obtained from some of the spares suppliers listed above. Bearings, crankshaft etc should ideally be oiled with something thinner, like sewing machine oil or "3 in 1". However, generally speaking, ANY oil is better than none. Use whatever you have to hand but don't run without any lubrication. Car engine oil is a good compromise.

An exception to the above is the case of hot air or Stirling engines. The usual recommendation for these is no oil in the cylinder(s). External bearings etc should be lubricated as with steam engines.

The whistle on my Mamod TE/SR/SW won't unscrew. How do I fix it?
This is a common fault and is tricky to fix. There is a tutorial here:
http://rolywilliamshttp://rolywilliams. ... 20fix.html
Last edited by Roly Williams on February 15th, 2018, 8:29 am, edited 35 times in total.
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Dr. Rog
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Joined: December 30th, 2008, 5:53 pm

May 8th, 2015, 6:51 pm #2

:D They are indeed frequently asked questions, remarkably so.  :D  :D
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James
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September 8th, 2015, 12:15 pm #3

Good post Roly  8)
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olivapor
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September 8th, 2015, 12:17 pm #4

Very interesting Roly, thanks for sharing information.

May I add this link to your list ?

Belton is know for outstanding quality of their can sprays...

http://www.belton.de/en/products/
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June 9th, 2017, 10:47 am #5

Thanks Roly, should have read tis earlier!
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SeamusOD
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September 7th, 2017, 11:34 am #6

One think I have learned from being on many forums, when joining a new one read the FAQ before posting silly questions, if only not to make you look a babe in the woods  :)
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James
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September 7th, 2017, 11:43 am #7

It never hurts to ask though, people will always be willing to help, no matter how small or silly a question may seem. Friendly bunch here  :)
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Roly Williams
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Joined: August 2nd, 2006, 5:11 pm

September 13th, 2017, 10:06 am #8

Any suggested additions will be welcome. Please post them here. Ditto corrections!
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Nürnberger
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Joined: February 2nd, 2013, 1:44 pm

September 25th, 2017, 10:13 am #9

Hello Roly,
I have one suggestion:
the announcements appear in each catagory on top. Would it be sufficiant to show them in only one catagory for example in General discussion ? So we could avoid to croll down in each catagory to reach the (new) topics.

Second point I want to ask is the following:
My profile shows only 760 posts, but I have made more than 1000.  Does that mean that about 300 post are lost or is there any chance to add them ?

Regards Walter
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Roly Williams
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September 25th, 2017, 1:01 pm #10

Nürnberger wrote: Hello Roly,
I have one suggestion:
the announcements appear in each catagory on top. Would it be sufficiant to show them in only one catagory for example in General discussion ? So we could avoid to croll down in each catagory to reach the (new) topics.

Second point I want to ask is the following:
My profile shows only 760 posts, but I have made more than 1000.  Does that mean that about 300 post are lost or is there any chance to add them ?

Regards Walter
The announcements are deliberately located at the top of all forums in order that they will be seen by all users, including those who frequent only one or a few forums. This is the difference between announcements and "stickies", which appear only at the top of the forum in which they were created. 

The loss of many posts has been noted by others but has remained unexplained so far. It is likely that they have been lost completely and cannot be retrieved. 
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