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How Not to Repair a Boiler


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Old 07-31-2019, 10:20:15 AM
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I found this picture over on Facebook, the caption stated the boiler was operated in India with these “running repairs”. Frightening to say the least! The boiler has been returned to Britain.
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Hopefully they have taken it out of service after it went back to Britain wich should have been done before now
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on a Friday afternoon at a show, i saw a traction engine spitting water out of the top of the fire door
so they shut the engine down. the on board water tank leaked so bad that they were using a plastic tub on the ground for make up water.
the next day they were running again so i asked how they repaired it so quickly.
the guy said "oh, i just reached in the hand hole and JB welded a dime in place"
needless to say, i stayed a loooong distance away
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I would have used a nickel, they're stronger than a dime.....
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Welded patchwork aside since you gotta do what you gotta do at times, those welds look absolutely terrible. I know farm boys that make better beads than that, and could do better myself.

This boiler is beyond condemned. About all it's good for now is sizing to have a replacement built, after that it's time for the torch. Wouldn't even want to repurpose the firebox as a wood stove or the barrel as a BBQ it's so far gone.
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"I would have used a nickel, they're stronger than a dime..... "

and don't cost as much!
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Default Re: How not to repair a boiler

Well.it was probably done on a weekend because the senior welder from the local nuclear plant was off duty for only a few hours and did the best he could before going back on his 12 hour shift!
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Well, I guess if it passed the hydro test it would be "good enough"
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With all that overlap steel you should be able to run twice the rated p.s.i. right? I dont see a problem.
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If this thing was in INDIA and got hauled back to BRITIAN, it must be worth a hell of alot to somebody because that would be exspensive regardless of which way you went with it.
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It looks to be a British steam locomotive boiler. The metal around the firebox wrapper is jacketing with what looks like asbestos mud insulation under it. The barrel also looks like it's covered in asbestos mud insulation, the lines in it being where the tin jacket seams once were.
I don't thing there were any questionable repairs done to this boiler, any that can be seen in the photo that is.
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Thank goodness for a wee bit of common sense and thanks to MFaris for pointing out the obvious.
India has had comprehensive boiler codes for donkey's years. It is/was possible to down-load the Indian Boiler Regulations from the internet.
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Well I stand corrected! It looked like ugly welding on the barrel, guess I better wear my reading glasses more!
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Yes, that is much less concerning if this is only the jacket that looks so bad and the boiler vessel underneath might be fine.

Would still fabricate a new jacket at once and make it pretty again, that gnarly appearance is scary to those who don't know about it's features.
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I would have used a nickel, they're stronger than a dime.....
I would have done the fix even cheaper. First, I would have given him my 2 cents. Second, I would have told him to haul the bomb off the show grounds. We don’t need any more promblems.
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