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Discussion in 'FAQs' started by TrainClown, Nov 23, 2003.
That's really something to be proud of, krok!
Thanks for showing it!
That's a way of making boiler bands that I'd never thought of. Do you flatten the wire at all before putting it on the boiler and soldering it, or just leave it round? I'd appreciate your explaining how you do it.
the trick with the wire is simple. I use the softest possible wire. I would prefer softbrass wire but it is not easy to get in this size.(copper is OK but for bigger boilers it is not easy to solder). For such small boiler like on the Climax the copper is OK.
I wrap the copperwire (about 0,35 - 0,7 mm in dia) around the boiler to create a nice ring. On the bottom I can twist the ends together and the wire gets the necessary tension. It is easy to adjust to get a nice look. When ecerything is OK, I solder with very little soldering paste and special flux the wire to the surface.
Then I can cut of the twisted part of the wire, and on the lathe with gently preassure and good file I can flatten it and also adjust the size (width etc) of the bands. One must work very carefully as the solder is not that strong like any other part of the boiler. It is not easy to file the copper, as it is rather sticky and can generate heat wich will melt the solder.
I gotta try that.
Do you live in the Tyrol by any chance? I visited cousins there (Innsbruck) earlier this year.
no, close to Vienna.