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Old 01-24-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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I am in the process of doing the 10 gallon rubbermaid cooler (to mash tun) conversion, and had a quick question. I would like to use zip ties to secure the SS braid (as opposed to the clamp which are apparently a bad idea). I see that some people use these, but I haven't found a lot of info on them. Are these zip ties safe to use in 170 degree water? Are there food grade zip ties anywhere? Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Stainless safety wire will work better and give peace of mind.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
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I see! So, how could I get that tight enough to hold the braid on?

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Twist it. They sell special pliers for that purpose, but Vice Grips work in a pinch (pun intended?).

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:47 PM   #5
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nice. Thanks for the help!

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Old 01-24-2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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Why not use an all-stainless worm gear clamp?

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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There is also stainless zip ties.

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I bought stainless clamps, but I've heard that many times the clamp itself is stainless, but the screw used to tighten is not. I didn't really want to take the risk

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They sell both kinds. One way to check is to stick it in PBW overnight. If the screw looks really tarnished/dull then it's probably just a nickel plated steel screw. If it looks the same as the rest of the clamp you're ok.

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:39 PM   #10
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I have used zip ties for securing a braid, I believe it to be nylon which is rather inert...you could also use a piece of solid copper wire, that should be easy to find.

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