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Small hole repair

Discussion in 'Fettling Forum' started by Simon Cresswell, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Simon Cresswell United Kingdom

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    Hi .can anyone offer advice on how to fix a small hole on 300x bi Aladdin tank. It is a pin hole near the base of the tank
    Thanks simon
     
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    Underneath or on the side? how close to the rim? Are you quite sure there is only one? A picture is worth a thousand words... ;):lol:
     
  3. Simon Cresswell United Kingdom

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    It's actually on the side thanks
     
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    Hi Simon

    A pic would be so much more helpful to the guys that can help you :thumbup:
     
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    Hi Simon, I have had a Bialaddin 300X fount with multiple stress cracks in the side wall. I had to write it off as there was no way of telling when assitional cracks would develop. All other things being equal, and if it is just a single pin-hole, it should be easy and safe enough to solder it with ordinary lead solder and a good rosin flux. Preparation is very important. The brass in and around the hole should be shiny and clean and care should be taken that the solder flows and wets the brass well, without too much heat being transferred to the adjacent areas on the fount where it might compromise other soldered joints.
     
  6. Simon Cresswell United Kingdom

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    Cheers I will give it a go let you know how I got on
     
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  8. Simon Cresswell United Kingdom

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    Hi everyone. Recent update after stripping paint off the lantern. The small pinhole as mentioned is now a little more serious. There is a slight crack at the bottom of the tank.
    Can this be soldered or scrapped
    Thanks
     
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    A slight crack is akin to being slightly pregnant. If it were mine I would shop around for another fount. They are not that scarce.
     
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    G'day Simon, a photo showing the problem would help us help you ?
     
  11. Simon Cresswell United Kingdom

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    20171117_134217.jpg 20171117_134209.jpg 20171117_134217.jpg 20171117_134200.jpg Cleaned split ( dremelled to an inch of its life) soldered. Checked pressure -no leaks. Hopefully happy days. Picked another font up excellent condition but smaller filler size.
    Would it rearly matter or why did they change from large to small
     
  12. Simon Cresswell United Kingdom

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    Sorry for the duplicate pictures of New font
     
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    Smaller diameter was civilian and larger was military. In practical terms it won't matter...
     
  14. Simon Cresswell United Kingdom

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    Cheers thanks for that. Cleared a few things up for me now. As old military lamp will look for larger filler fonts
     
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    @Simon Cresswell

    If your solder has bonded in the crack and on the surface of the dremelled area, your tank should be fine.

    Test it under full pressure.

    Cheers

    Tony
     

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