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Bill Yacey

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  1. If you develop 1 PSI of steam pressure through a 3/32 inch tube, you'll have considerable pressure lifting on the surface are of the pot lid. If the lid is 10 square inches of surface area, you'll have 10 lbs of lift and it'll pop the lid off.
  2. If you develop 1 PSI of steam pressure through a 3/32 inch tube, you'll have considerable pressure lifting on the surface are of the pot lid. If the lid is 10 square inches of surface area, you'll have 10 lbs of lift and it'll pop the lid off.
  3. And you now have a new tool in your arsenal for stubborn glue joints that don't want to let go. A repair shop can never have enough tools for specialty tasks.
  4. Smetana? Where are they from? Smetana in Ukrainian means sour cream.
  5. Please let us know how the removal procedure goes. I'm curious what you find for glue in there.
  6. You have to be careful with the steam, judicious application is paramount, as you can easily open up other joints that will further complicate your work.
  7. I just used piece of 5/16 plastic hose with a sports ball inflating needle clamped on the end of the hose. I had an old kettle with a removable whistle that went on the end of the pouring spout. I drilled out the whistle for a 1/4" NPT to 5/16" hose barb brass fitting. It works just fine for steaming joints, and didn't cost me anything, as I had all the parts on hand. If you use a pressure cooker, make sure you keep the pressure relief valve intact for safety.
  8. I use an 8" long artist's spatula (the blade, handle is another 4 1/2" or so); it's very thin, but still rigid enough that I can tap on the end of the handle with a small mallet to separate joins such as you are encountering. Judicious use of steam is a great help though, for very stubborn glue.
  9. Maybe try injecting some steam into the joint, like the guitar repair people do to break loose a neck joint.
  10. Sandor's nonchalant ease at playing Paganini's Caprices always amazes me, whilst some of the classical musicians appear to be working up a sweat! 24 Cap.
  11. I'll be sure to check them out, I enjoy listening to Sandor Lakataos too, Roby's uncle.
  12. Black poplar? We have it here growing like weeds, but it's generally pretty scrubby wood. Certainly not anything a tonewood dealer would offer.
  13. I dunno, it's kind of hard to hold the luthier responsible; they were just trying to scratch out a living. The real villains were the owners, who insisted on having it done. Likely these instruments were regarded as old, useless instruments in their then present state; cutting them down put them back into something usable for the era. It's possible they weren't valued so much as an artifact or collectible at that time.
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