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Old 01-12-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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I am having a hell of a time assembling my bev-out line. The picnic tap doesn't want to insert fully and the nipple fitting for the quick disconnect took me 20 minutes too insert. I heated the hosing intermittently with hot water, but it only makes it marginally easier.

What do you guys do? Any tips? This can't be the way that lhbs assemble them -- it's too time consuming

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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Might you have the wrong tubing diameter for the connections your using?

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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How hot is your water? I usually get some to boil temp and it goes on. Getting it off is impossible, I don't bother with a clamp.

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I always boil the hose ends on the stovetop before even attempting to connect them. I'm running 3/16" thick-wall, food safe silicon and never have trouble, even over much-too-large barbed fittings. Like mdgagne, my fittings never come off. Kyle

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Hot tap water won't cut it. It gets much softer with boiling water. You should not have an issue then.

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If the hot water alone doesn't work, you could try to stick some needle nose pliers or forceps in the tube to stretch it out.

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Thanks, guys. It was only hot tap water at 130 degrees. I didn't want to warp the tubing and I didn't know what it was rated at. Boiling water was much easier.

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