I have a minature steam engine - heated by electricity. It has a 1/4 in OD brass threaded pipe that has a needle valve on top that feeds steam to the cylinder and also holds the cylinder, flywheel etc to the boiler. It has been broken about a 1/4 in fron the end that goes into the boiler.
I would like comments advice criticism etc on my plan to repair. I need to butt solder this little pipe so I found a number drill bit that would fit snugly inside the pipe to hold it straight - then if I put a washer over the drill bit so I could lightly clamp it together - could I then silver solder it with a butane mini torch with a chance of it holding....I could shim the pipe so I wouldn't need to have the threads be ok where it broke.
Would I solder the drill bit to the pipe - would coating the drill bit with grease or something stop that?
Anything else wrong with my plan - I admit that I do most of my metalworking with a hacksaw.
Thanks for your help. John noid at austin dot ibm dot com