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Old 01-22-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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I am starting to acquire some of the raw materials for an upcoming Stuart HA Taylor Undertype build for which I have some questions for you guys. This will be my first boiler build, so I'm guessing you will be hearing more from me as the time comes. I have already read up on our local state boiler code and it would appear I only need to make a couple minor modifications from plan to have it meet local codes.

I am having a little difficulty finding sources for some of the various sized tubing and fittings I will need. With some vendors it is not clear whether they are truly quoting OD or ID as they seem to use the words 'tube' and 'pipe' as interchangeable. My understanding is that OD is generally used for tubing and ID for pipe. While I can fudge some dimensions, I can't be fudging the OD of some of the tubes else I will have a heap of problems.

That leads me to my questions:

Can anyone recommend sources for:
- 5" OD 12s.w.g. copper tubing. I need a 12" long piece. Heavier gauge should be fine.
- 7/16" OD 22s.w.g. copper tubing. I need 17 pieces that are 12" long each. Heavier gauge should be fine.

I will make or have found sources for most of the boiler fittings, but am still looking for sources for:
- 3 cock sight gauges

The plans call for a number of 3/16" diameter gunmetal stays (6-8" long) to be bolted between the boiler walls. I am not sure where I would source gunmetal as I have only worked with gunmetal castings before, but question whether that is the most appropriate material. Any thoughts or concerns if I were to use similar dimensioned copper stays instead? If gunmetal is spec'd, would brass be a reasonable option too? If I should stick with gunmetal, then any suggestions on where to obtain gunmetal stock?

Lastly, has anyone had experience dealing with Macc Models in the UK? I tried ordering the 5" and 7/16" copper tubing from them a couple weeks ago via their website, but I have heard no signs of life from them and can no longer check the order status online. I even tried calling them, and their number immediately hangs up. They may still be processing the order and all will be well, but it is time to start looking elsewhere just in case. They were the only place I've found who appears to have the 5" and 7/16" tubing, so long as they were quoting OD (which they did not specify).

Thanks in advance.

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M-Machine list the 7/16x22swg and have 5" in 10swg.

Don't use brass, copper or bronze would be a better option, unfortunately M-Machine don't do GM rod that small

http://www.m-machine-metals.co.uk/mm...tals_menu.html

I got a 3 cock water gauge from MJ Engineering but it took Alan a while to get it in and they are not cheap, you could also try Bruce eng and Reeves

http://www.mjeng.co.uk/

EdIt College also do the same copper sizes as M-Machine
http://www.collegeengineering.co.uk/CopperTube.htm

Reeves have 7/16x20 and the 10g in larger size
http://shop.ajreeves.com/copper-tube...rawn-201-c.asp



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Thanks very much Jason or the several suppliers who appear to have all the copper tube dimensions I will need and are very clear with specifying OD. I will give the current vendor a little more time in the event my order does appear.

Reeves appears to only have single cock water gauges. I will dig deeper on Bruce Eng. I have come across one or two very pricey 3 cock gauges that had me figuring I might have to try making my own. I also want to check with Rob Barker and Dave Noble who potentially make slightly more afordable options.

And thanks for validating that copper or bronze is better than brass for the stays.

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I am starting to acquire some of the raw materials for an upcoming Stuart HA Taylor Undertype build for which I have some questions for you guys. This will be my first boiler build, so I'm guessing you will be hearing more from me as the time comes. I have already read up on our local state boiler code and it would appear I only need to make a couple minor modifications from plan to have it meet local codes.

I am having a little difficulty finding sources for some of the various sized tubing and fittings I will need. With some vendors it is not clear whether they are truly quoting OD or ID as they seem to use the words 'tube' and 'pipe' as interchangeable. My understanding is that OD is generally used for tubing and ID for pipe. While I can fudge some dimensions, I can't be fudging the OD of some of the tubes else I will have a heap of problems.

That leads me to my questions:

Can anyone recommend sources for:
- 5" OD 12s.w.g. copper tubing. I need a 12" long piece. Heavier gauge should be fine.
- 7/16" OD 22s.w.g. copper tubing. I need 17 pieces that are 12" long each. Heavier gauge should be fine.

I will make or have found sources for most of the boiler fittings, but am still looking for sources for:
- 3 cock sight gauges

The plans call for a number of 3/16" diameter gunmetal stays (6-8" long) to be bolted between the boiler walls. I am not sure where I would source gunmetal as I have only worked with gunmetal castings before, but question whether that is the most appropriate material. Any thoughts or concerns if I were to use similar dimensioned copper stays instead? If gunmetal is spec'd, would brass be a reasonable option too? If I should stick with gunmetal, then any suggestions on where to obtain gunmetal stock?

Lastly, has anyone had experience dealing with Macc Models in the UK? I tried ordering the 5" and 7/16" copper tubing from them a couple weeks ago via their website, but I have heard no signs of life from them and can no longer check the order status online. I even tried calling them, and their number immediately hangs up. They may still be processing the order and all will be well, but it is time to start looking elsewhere just in case. They were the only place I've found who appears to have the 5" and 7/16" tubing, so long as they were quoting OD (which they did not specify).

Thanks in advance.

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Hi,

Macc models have a good range of copper tubing for boilers and are good to deal with. I have no association with them but the service has been good. I have also dealt with M machines and college engineering suppllies and these are all good pro traders.

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Rob retired a couple of years back though the company was sold on, though I think their offerings will be too large, mine is threaded 1/4x40 but did not get much change out of £100.

http://rabarker.sharepoint.com/Pages...ugesGlass.aspx

Blackgates list 3 cock ones in small sizes, MJ may have some in stock if you are not worried about the handing

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Hi,

I have just tried to log in to my account with Macc Models and I can't log into my account. They have also revamped their site and these maybe related.

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I have just tried to log in to my account with Macc Models and I can't log into my account. They have also revamped their site and these maybe related.

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I noticed they have changed the look of their site in recent days. I ordered back on Jan 12th. Imediately after ordering I was able to check the order status, but was unable to do so the next day and still can't now. The site had not changed its look over those two days, but does look somewhat different now.

I received no response when I submitted an enquiry to their form based contact us web page. I also received no response when I sent an e-mail to their sales@ e-mail address. And this morning I tried calling the phone number listed on their website and the line was disconnected each time after about one ring. I noticed the 4 digit region or city code does not match the 4 digit code of the city/town their website says they are located in. I'm not sure what more I can do from the other side of the pond.

Good to hear I am not the only one with the problem. I will give them another couple weeks in the event they are still processing my order. They have not charged my credit card yet, so it is possible the order fell into the 'bit bucket', in which case I'll order the copper tubes from one of the other vendors provided in this thread.

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Hi Robin,

I hadn't noticed the telephone no code before, 0161 is the code for Manchester where I am, and their phone no starting with 4 means they are somewhere is south Manchester, Stockport area perhaps, macc models are based in Macclesfield, south of stockport ( about 20 minutes drive from me ) and I think it should be a 01625 telephone no. Very strange.

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The plans call for a number of 3/16" diameter gunmetal stays (6-8" long) to be bolted between the boiler walls. I am not sure where I would source gunmetal as I have only worked with gunmetal castings before, but question whether that is the most appropriate material.
Robin,
The stuff to use is phosphor bronze, the US designation is C510000 (or simply C510) but I don't know what the UK designation is. P-B turns and threads like steel but silver solders like copper and it should be easier to find and less expensive than GM.
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The stuff to use is phosphor bronze, the US designation is C510000 (or simply C510) but I don't know what the UK designation is. P-B turns and threads like steel but silver solders like copper and it should be easier to find and less expensive than GM.
Thanks Harry. I am in the US. I will give priority to sourcing phosphor bronze for the stays.

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