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"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, August 25, 2017

Because It's Friday

A longish piece on the work of a fireman in this century.


A number of the ports for oiling seem to be capped with nothing more than corks.

1 comment:

B said...

The "corks" (wooden plugs, probably) are just there to keep the dirt out... used to be, they were lead tapered plugs, or sometimes brass.

The oil hole leads to a chamber filled with yarn or string or (sometimes) oakum, which then keeps a thin film of oil on the bearing surfaces, but keeps it from just running out the clearances on the sides. It acts as a wick.

Larger ones had cast iron caps, sometimes with a spring retainer, but the same fiber filling for the same reason. The oil they use is about 70 weight or even heavier, often with a large amount of sulfur in it.