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  • #31
    Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
    What really gets my attention is that, here is a thread series I had never heard of nor dealt with.
    That is very unusual, I collect tap sets like an addict.
    I have:................................

    And pre-war Singer Sewing machine tap sets.
    Sets? I've never come across any Singer taps. Was it something sold to machine repair people or? How are the taps marked? Please post an image of a set please.

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    • #32
      https://www.mcmaster.com/taps/thread-type~npsm/, easiest to use a standard pipe tap, usually cheaper also. Jim

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      • #33
        Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
        ............. NEVER in a million years have I heard of this NPS series!
        Wow! You're old!
        Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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        • #34
          Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post

          Sets? I've never come across any Singer taps. Was it something sold to machine repair people or? How are the taps marked? Please post an image of a set please.
          It was made by Greenfield, yep they were sold to sewing machine repairmen. You can tell by the way the taps are marked, and its real oddball/ bastard sizes, Singer still uses some of them. The sizes are *nothing* like the modern machine screw sizes.I'll get a pic later if I can, too pooped out right now.
          Turns out that Ma Bell also had their own special taps made, for phone work. Pre-war, so somewhere between 1890 and 1935 roughly.
          25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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          • #35
            Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post

            It was made by Greenfield, yep they were sold to sewing machine repairmen. You can tell by the way the taps are marked, and its real oddball/ bastard sizes, Singer still uses some of them. The sizes are *nothing* like the modern machine screw sizes.I'll get a pic later if I can, too pooped out right now.
            Turns out that Ma Bell also had their own special taps made, for phone work. Pre-war, so somewhere between 1890 and 1935 roughly.
            I may have posted this link before. Do the numbers on any of your taps match up with the SiManCo #s in the table?
            https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/screw_threads

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            • #36
              National Pipe Straight for mechanical joints . Its use in lighting originated with gas lighting fixtures using 1/8 NPT, then carried over with the transition to electric.

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              If you don't mind, it don't matter.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post

                I may have posted this link before. Do the numbers on any of your taps match up with the SiManCo #s in the table?
                https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/screw_threads
                Actually yes they do -- Thanks for posting that chart! I have not seen it before. Mine are all marked with the fraction size and TPI. The set was made by Greenfield. They have some really weird fractions in there, like 9/64-40 and 48.
                5/32-36 and just odd stuff like that. I have to actually get the set out and have a look to find the actual numbers.
                Only reason I got it was out of curiosity, and just in case I have to fix something really old.
                Last edited by nickel-city-fab; 07-24-2021, 12:09 PM.
                25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post

                  Actually yes they do -- Thanks for posting that chart! I have not seen it before. Mine are all marked with the fraction size and TPI. The set was made by Greenfield. They have some really weird fractions in there, like 9/64-40 and 48.
                  5/32-36 and just odd stuff like that. I have to actually get the set out and have a look to find the actual numbers.
                  Only reason I got it was out of curiosity, and just in case I have to fix something really old.
                  Heaven help you when you're repairing an old industrial Singer machine and the screw disappears into the abyss. Not only do they have a unique pitch, but often an unusual head as well.
                  Not hard to make by the tens of thousands if you have a B&S auto screw machine.

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                  • #39
                    Dozer has it right its NPT 1/8 inch, its really a no taper thread for electrical but it looks like a job for a 3D printer. Get the size close and will make / cut its own threads as you turn it on.
                    Retired - Journeyman Refrigeration Pipefitter - Master Electrician - Fine Line Automation CNC 4x4 Router

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post

                      Heaven help you when you're repairing an old industrial Singer machine and the screw disappears into the abyss. Not only do they have a unique pitch, but often an unusual head as well.
                      Not hard to make by the tens of thousands if you have a B&S auto screw machine.
                      Yep, and also so many other things had odd screws back in the day.
                      Like cars, phones, radios, typewriters, etc.
                      When I wake up or maybe tomorrow I'll try to get a pic.
                      The tap sets turn up on eBay all the time, cheap.
                      Too pooped out to think now
                      I was all morning doing yard work for an older church lady
                      her yard hasn't been touched in 20 yrs
                      the trees were lifting her roof off.
                      Last edited by nickel-city-fab; 07-24-2021, 12:57 PM.
                      25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
                        Too pooped out to think now
                        I was all morning doing yard work for an older church lady
                        her yard hasn't been touched in 20 yrs
                        the trees were lifting her roof off.
                        Thank you for leading by example.
                        A++, kudos, bless you, a mitzvah, good deed done, etc.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by MrWhoopee View Post
                          National Pipe Straight for mechanical joints . Its use in lighting originated with gas lighting fixtures using 1/8 NPT, then carried over with the transition to electric.
                          This is what I read somewhere, that the early electric lamps were wired up through the previous gas lamp piping, and the lamp threading standard just never deviated.

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                          • #43
                            Interesting story. I am surprised that the gas would have piped with straight threaded pipe and fixtures. It seems that tapered threads would have been a lot better, a lot easier to effectively seal against leaks. And even the expansion of the abbreviation (NPSM = National Pipe Straight Mechanical) speaks to the thread being used for MECHANICAL purposes, not for pipes carrying a liquid or a gas.

                            But then, strange things do and did happen.



                            Originally posted by gmax137 View Post

                            This is what I read somewhere, that the early electric lamps were wired up through the previous gas lamp piping, and the lamp threading standard just never deviated.
                            Paul A.
                            SE Texas

                            And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
                            You will find that it has discrete steps.

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                            • #44
                              Perhaps the piping was re-threaded to suit? I have been (re)reading the 1921 Audel's Guides, and in it they state that the "Briggs" thread (now known as NPT) is the standard in the United States for all liquids and gases at ordinary pressures. They also give some pretty good recipies for pipe dope, and carefully distinguish between genuine wrought iron pipe and the new steel pipe.

                              Originally posted by Paul Alciatore View Post
                              Interesting story. I am surprised that the gas would have piped with straight threaded pipe and fixtures. It seems that tapered threads would have been a lot better, a lot easier to effectively seal against leaks. And even the expansion of the abbreviation (NPSM = National Pipe Straight Mechanical) speaks to the thread being used for MECHANICAL purposes, not for pipes carrying a liquid or a gas.

                              But then, strange things do and did happen.


                              25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                              • #45
                                So I wonder what came first.... Tapered pipe thread or straight pipe thread.
                                I mean, what came into usage to supply gas in homes. Straight thread fittings
                                or tapered thread fittings.? I know British have parallel (straight) pipe fittings
                                and they still use them today for gas and liquid. You can buy pneumatics
                                system components with parallel British pipe threads even today.


                                -D
                                DZER

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