Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association will be offering a boiler safety and water treatment seminar on March 19, 1990. This is the third year for this seminar, which grew ten-fold in attendance from the first to the second year. Anyone interested in the related subjects longtime hobbyists, new hobbyists, working industrial maintenance personnel, contractors, etc. are welcome to attend.
There is no charge for the one-day seminar, to be held on the ground of Rough and Tumble, Route 30 at Kinzers, PA. Prior mail registration is required, however. Registration should be sent to James Conte, 979 Old Elizabethtown Rd., Elizabeth-town, PA. 17022 by March 5th. Lunch will be provided on the grounds the day of the seminar, with a free-will donation appreciated.
Everett Young, a semi-retired boiler specialist, will discuss boiler inspection, including the ramifications of Pennsylvania's new Antique Boiler Law. He will also discuss personal inspection and condition appraisal. He will cover repair methods and those things to look for when buying or operating a boiler. Young, a longtime member of R & T's boards, plans to outline the various trouble spots peculiar to various makes and types of boilers, and give pointers on what to look for when purchasing an older boiler.
Young speaks with experience about the right way to fire a boiler for improved performance and economy. He has tips on how to save fire box grates, how to manage boiler water and safety valve sold and new and can explain why some new ones don't stand up as well as their older counterparts.
Young can discuss emergency procedures, as well as indicate sources for replacement parts for older boilers. His talk will include stay bolts and rivet show and why they go bad and how to replace them. He will also include weld repairs and the difference between certified and qualified welders when weld repairs are needed.
James Conte, maintenance engineer for Harrisburg Steam Works, is the current secretary of Rough and Tumble's governing board. He will present a water treatment outline covering water sources, and water treatment typical for softening, deoxygenizing and de-aerating systems. He will show how to test boiler water and what to test for, using readily available and inexpensive test equipment. He will also speak on boiler blow down and heat recovery and how to identify and resolve boiler operating problems.
Conte's remarks will also include a discussion of how to store a boiler between fire-ups and what problems are caused when this is not done properly.
Audience participation is encouraged in all phases of this seminar. Specific questions can be sent to Jim Conte, along with your registration, as he would like to gear his comments to the needs and interests of the participants. The seminar will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp and should be concluded by 3:15 p.m. There will be a 45 minute break for lunch, served on the grounds, for seminar participants. Due to the increase in participants, from the first to the second year, advance registration for this third seminar is required. Those with questions may call Jim Conte at (717) 367-3532 evenings between 7 &10.