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Old 09-18-2008, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Drilling cooler for spigot - bad idea?

Should I drill the hole for my brass ball valve or just return the cooler and get one that has the spigot. The potential issues I see are leaking and not having that gasket thing from the existing spigot. I didn't realize that this cooler was spigotless when I bought it, which I can't believe. I guess because it was on sale for $8.95 and its 48qt capacity...

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Check out YOUR cooler.
Lots of the ones I've been seeing in the store have the flat spot (No insulation) where they could put in a drain...just didnt'. It's a Big Box Discount Store thing. If you've got that....drill it....if not, maybe get one that does.
I would not drill through insulation...you're just asking for a hastle.

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Shouldn't be a problem with proper gasketing!

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Check out YOUR cooler.
Lots of the ones I've been seeing in the store have the flat spot (No insulation) where they could put in a drain...just didnt'. It's a Big Box Discount Store thing. If you've got that....drill it....if not, maybe get one that does.
I would not drill through insulation...you're just asking for a hastle.
This cooler does have spots on both sides that look like they could be used for spigots. Like the factory designated the spots and never used them. I didn't realize they were flat spots though, thats good...

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Shouldn't be a problem with proper gasketing!
I'm wondering what kind of gasket I'd need...
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If you have a step bit and go slowly it should not tear the insulation, and make your job easier. Just be sure to drill some, then test fit, drill some more then test fit, until its good.

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If you have any extra copper or metal laying around, you can just heat up a 1/2" piece and push it through. No drilling necessary.

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If you have any extra copper or metal laying around, you can just heat up a 1/2" piece and push it through. No drilling necessary.
I was just thinking that as I read your post.

Conduit will work too...jut DO NOT breathe the smoke that will come off of any galvanized metal....and if you do, Milk (No, I'm not kidding) will help to stop the puking.

as for gaskets....My Mash Tun has plain old rubber flat washers, the new Bulkhead and Ball valve (For my Keggle ) have red silicone O-Rings.
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It looks like creating the hole won't be an issue, but keeping it from leaking might be...

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It looks like creating the hole won't be an issue, but keeping it from leaking might be...
No...Not really.
I just remembered that I actually used the gasket that came off of the drain valve in mine. Since you don't have that option, I'd just go look in the specialty bins...(Get a guy to help you...it's worth your time) and find a rubber washer that will fit.

They sell replacement parts here
http://www.coleman.com/coleman/parts...ct_id=5605-704
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I'm sure you can find a gasket that fits. Those things come in millions of sizes.

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