Making Small Gaskets
My Bolton 12 Beam Engine is a steam engine, but to date, has run only on compressed air.
Compressed air, is invisible. Any leaks, might make some noise, and show up as a dirty oil leak, but are not visible to a casual observer.
In contrast, steam shows up every leak.
Our club is having its annual exhibition at The Geelong Show, in 2 weeks. (See the post from 12 months ago about The Geelong Show)
Steam is available so I have decided to show my Bolton 12 beam engine, and to have it running on steam.
That has required making a steam connection and removing the compressed air connector, And more importantly, making every joint in the steam-air line, steam proof.
So every join has been opened and a gasket inserted. Some of the gaskets are oiled brown paper, and some are more permanent “liquid” gaskets.
Making the gaskets was a new and interesting experience, so I decided to make a photographic record.
I made the gaskets from brown paper.
Amazingly, after reassembly, I had no left over bits. If it works on steam as planned, I will post a video. Watch this space.