Saturday, August 01, 2009


Originally uploaded by Phil_Parker
The first thing I did before embarking on the Garratt build was read all the blog posts from last time. The second thing I should have done is put my brain in gear.

If I had, perhaps I'd have realised that fixing the back boiler former against the end of the tube would stop the boiler fitting on the raised ring of the firebox front. Idiot.

I couldn't even persuade it to unsolder, in the end I cut through with snips and rolled the former around some pliers like rolling the metal when you open a can of corned beet, gradually breaking the solder joint as I went and making an interesting spiral of metal.

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