Come Back Boiler Repair Man – All Is Forgiven!

May 3, 2010

Hmm. Well, all didn’t go as planned for the steam test. I’ll let Chris tell the story.

“It has been a disappointing end to what started as a promising weekend. Last night as the pressure came onto the boiler many of the studs fitted to the repaired area began to weep.

Oh, the studs! See how they weep!

The problem was compounded when the gaskets began to sizzle and let by. Attempts to pull the valves up only stopped the leaks temporarily until the heat and pressure increased. We took the decision to draw fires, blow the boiler down and on Wednesday we will remove the valve studs and pipe work and reinstate them using Foliac and the same method we have employed with all the other ones we have serviced.

The successes of the weekend; Forward accommodation skylight has been fitted and is awaiting a special sealant to complete the job, main engines run without problems from either the Port LP bottom end or the new slide wipers that Mike made. Unfortunately the old ones that we restored caught in the oil ways of the slide and bent but nothing major. The Genny is going back together with the Main bearings now floated. The next one to be tackled is the bottom end and then the cross head.

Most of the other jobs on the list that was part of the last update have also been completed.”

So not ALL bad news then.