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« Reply #2250 on: June 05, 2014, 01:12:25 pm »

Great. Now I'm scared to use any of it in case it's something sought after...  Grin

Is there a simple way to check if these valves work? If they're functional, I'd rather try and sell them on to someone who can use them.


Just travel back in time about forty or fifty years, and go to a large American supermarket that has one of these:




... want (sigh)...
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« Reply #2251 on: June 13, 2014, 01:26:24 pm »

One I probably SHOULD have purchased, but didn't (the reverse of my norm!  Wink )
Priced @ $38 (US). 
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The item behind the sprayer is something completely different...neither attached nor included in the price.
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« Reply #2252 on: June 14, 2014, 12:00:47 am »

I know someone who has one of those. Occasionally,  I see him flying around.
Puts out a LOT of steam, like steam everywhere, and I mean everywhere, but I can't remember his name, though. Roll Eyes Wink

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*psst* Maets, show your pack. Grin
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« Reply #2253 on: June 14, 2014, 04:24:22 am »

If you insist:  This is made from a similar tank to the one you passed by.  That is a very good price too.

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« Reply #2254 on: June 17, 2014, 02:40:49 am »

Considering the infernal price of copper these days, that is a very good price.

Go back.  Get it.  Now.



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« Reply #2255 on: June 23, 2014, 02:12:23 am »

Real porthole.  17 inches across.  Doesn't look like brass, but it is.  In the process of cleaning it now.  Not sure exactly what I will do with it.  Very heavy.



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« Reply #2256 on: June 23, 2014, 03:04:46 am »

Real porthole.  17 inches across.  Doesn't look like brass, but it is.  In the process of cleaning it now.  Not sure exactly what I will do with it.  Very heavy.








Make a Nautilus porthole (shadowbox)?
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« Reply #2257 on: June 23, 2014, 07:56:02 am »

Real porthole.  17 inches across.  Doesn't look like brass, but it is.  In the process of cleaning it now.  Not sure exactly what I will do with it.  Very heavy.





Incorporate it into a fish tank!
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« Reply #2258 on: June 23, 2014, 11:52:41 am »

Incorporate it into your wall!
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« Reply #2259 on: June 25, 2014, 08:30:45 pm »

Found this today (at a secure, undisclosed location) for just $5.  Not sure what it is, precisely, but I'm pretty confident it'll look AMAZING once I "turn it into" copper and brass! 

It stands about 14 inches high (and HEAVY!).  The features which really caught my eye on this device are the coils which are the conduits leading to (or from?) the 2 smaller nozzles.

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« Reply #2260 on: June 25, 2014, 11:36:28 pm »

Looks familiar... I want to say it's the top from a large Dewar, but I don't think it is...  Hmmm.  Undecided

Either way, nice find!
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« Reply #2261 on: June 26, 2014, 01:56:20 am »

Looks a bit like something from a milking machine, but the brand info should give you some leads. Nice find, anyhow!
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« Reply #2262 on: June 26, 2014, 01:59:24 am »

"CENCO" is the "Central Scientific Company" out of Chicago.
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« Reply #2263 on: June 26, 2014, 12:13:09 pm »

Still can't quite put my finger on it, but I think it may be part of a cryocooler condenser, which fitted to a dewar. Probably for LOx or LN2.
My first thought was that it was an O2 evaporator / heat exchanger for a portable LOx Dewar - the secondary spiral tube being used to pump heated fluid to aid evaporation / prevent ice formation etc. But it doesn't look quite right for that.

Either way, I'm pretty certain it's something to do with cryogenic tank storage - either in, or out. Smiley
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« Reply #2264 on: June 26, 2014, 12:47:23 pm »

Why are the flea markets in Finland so boring O_O I envy you all... Here, you can't even find a decent old clock to pluck apart, it's all plastic. Except for the very expensive cuckoo clocks, that is, and those I can neither afford nor do I want to break.

Judging from the nationality of the sellers of cogs on ebay and such, I guess I should visit Russia (so safe!) or some other old Soviet country. They seem to have lots of steampunk-y stuff =D
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« Reply #2265 on: June 27, 2014, 01:26:40 pm »

Real porthole.  17 inches across.  Doesn't look like brass, but it is.  In the process of cleaning it now.  Not sure exactly what I will do with it.  Very heavy.





Not sure how you intend to clean, but buy some cheap dark Vinegar (fish n chips) and leave soaking, fully immersed for a few days, tickle it now and then with a soft paint brush and all the grime will lift. Works on copper and bronze too  Wink

Nice find, I have couple myself and am slightly jealous.

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« Reply #2266 on: June 28, 2014, 02:02:58 pm »

Thanks.  I have soaked it for several days in vinegar.  Helped but still needed more.  Took a wire brush on the end of an angle grinder to it yesterday.  That did the trick.  Probably more bronze than brass.  I'll  post a picture later. 
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« Reply #2267 on: June 28, 2014, 02:56:40 pm »

Not a great picture, but here it is.



Also weighed it at 37.4 lbs or 17 kg. 

Color is more gold than anything.
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« Reply #2268 on: June 29, 2014, 08:40:02 am »

Not a great picture, but here it is.



Also weighed it at 37.4 lbs or 17 kg. 

Color is more gold than anything.

PLEASE - mount that in your front door.
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« Reply #2269 on: June 30, 2014, 04:04:11 am »

Front door - yes! Even better than the wall! I'd do that if it were mine!
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« Reply #2270 on: June 30, 2014, 04:51:28 am »

If one where to mount it on a door.  What side do you put the dogs? If on the outside, then anyone can open the window, but it looks the best.  On the inside you control opening the window, but the outside doesn't look that great.
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« Reply #2271 on: June 30, 2014, 06:33:30 am »

If one where to mount it on a door.  What side do you put the dogs? If on the outside, then anyone can open the window, but it looks the best.  On the inside you control opening the window, but the outside doesn't look that great.

If you have two, then it's not a problem...  Wink

However as you only have the one, I would suggest fitting it outside, but spot braze or silver solder the hatch shut. That way it can be returned to original easily, but you have the required security in the meantime.
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« Reply #2272 on: June 30, 2014, 06:59:04 am »

As good as you are with metals, Maets, I'm surprised you haven't considered making a bezel to fit the outside of the door/wall, the same way that the port would have been mounted on a ship (in some cases, anyway). It would/ought to IMHO resemble a bezel for a clock crystal.
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« Reply #2273 on: July 02, 2014, 05:24:52 am »

Also weighed it at 37.4 lbs or 17 kg. 
Color is more gold than anything.


Greetings My Dear Maets -
If it is an actual ship fitting (as opposed to a repop) then it is almost certainly "Naval Bronze":
see http://www.calplasticsandmetals.com/bronze.htm
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naval bronze and naval brass
Naval Brass, Naval Bronze - S.A.E. CA 464

The excellent strength and corrosion resistance of this alloy, together with its comparatively low cost, make it a favorite for shafting. It has fair machining qualities but is readily hot worked. Typical uses include valve stems, rivits, nuts, marine hardware and screw machine parts.
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because of the high zinc content (nearly 40%) one wants to be careful if brazing.

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« Reply #2274 on: July 02, 2014, 12:05:33 pm »

Thanks for the info.  It is most definitely a real ships porthole.
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