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Old 02-11-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Copper Manifold help

Hello need some advise
My buddy gave me a 60 quart cooler so I decided to move to 10 gallon batches.

I cut the copper pipe to build my Manifoldand changed the fittings on the cooler and everything looks and fits together nicely.

I am having a problem cutting the slits in the copper tubing to allow the wort to drain from the grain bed.

My dremmel tool is going through the cutting wheels like crazy. I am getting about 3 slits per wheel.

I was wondering what everyone used to make there slits.

I am going to stop by Homedepot on the way home to see if there is something else to use.

I know I seen a diamond wheel for the dremmel so any advise would be great..



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Old 02-11-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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I used my dremmel. There is a cut-off disc that's designed for metals. I used one for the whole thing.



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Old 02-11-2008, 12:35 PM   #3
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make sure you get the reinforced dremel wheels, they have a crosshatch type pattern on them.

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Old 02-11-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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A simple hack saw will make quick work of copper as well. If you have a drill press (I wouldn't recommend it with a hand drill) you could drill holes instead of slots as well.

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What holes size do you recommend?

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I drilled 1/16" holes which is a little bit smaller than the width of a hacksaw cut. I put them about 4mm apart on the bottom of the manifold. Not a great picture (took it ages ago with my phone).

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I finished my manifold 2 days ago and, at first, I had the same problem. Try to not push down so hard on the coppre and let the wheel do the work. After i did that, they lasted alot longer. I tried the diamond ones but they "melted" the copper, screached and shimmied as I cut, and it just looked terrible.

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Dremel.

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what size copper tubing are u all using?

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I use 0.5".



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