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Old 05-09-2007, 01:11 AM   #1
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I just scored the last 10 gal cooler at the Depot! Now I'm about to pimp it out a la Flyguy. What about hardened steel 5/8 washers? stainless is so hard to find in that size. Nylon washers?

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Old 05-09-2007, 01:49 AM   #2
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Nylon OK, any steel other than stainless, NOOOOOOO, hardened steel, NOOOOOO. Lowes has alot of SS hardware, or just use the nylon. Welcome

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Old 05-09-2007, 01:49 AM   #3
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The hardened steel will still rust. Badly. You could use aluminum (maybe boil it first to build up a good oxide layer), brass (pickled to leach the lead) or nylon, if it is thick enough. You just need something to back up the o-ring so that it will compress and conform to the cooler wall and provide a good watertight seal.

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I'm gonna pick up some nylon washers and tinker with the setup. Lowe's, Depot and Ace all have stainless but not 5/8"

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Those darn SS washers are hard to find. Skifast1 actually bought a bulk order and is selling them cheap (his cost, I think). Search Members for him, and he has a link in is sig about buying them from him. I think he is selling them for a buck each, shipped.

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Old 05-09-2007, 07:03 AM   #6
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I finally got my 5/8 ss at place here in Alaska call Alaska Industrial Hardware and they were closing so they thought they were just steel I guess and they said take them they are yours along with some O ring to fit too.
Sometime things just go your way.
The price is right and no leaks!!

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