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Old 07-27-2008, 03:09 AM   #1
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Default Sanke but no snap ring??? :drunk:

Ok, so I have two kegs that I am going to have converted, one was very easy to disassmble (watched bobbys video). The second one, a Miller keg, appears to be a normal Sankey keg, but there is NO SNAP RING. It looks exactly the same as the other, except no snap ring and for the life of me, I can not get that thing to turn so that I can line up the keyway.

Any one ever run into this?
HELP...

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A picture may help. Could it be the snap-ring is gone?

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I will take a pic today and post it, but no, it is not that the snap ring is gone, there is no where for there to be one...

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I ran in to that before, I have a picture of the one I did, but none of the removal process.

I basically made a tool to hook the two inner tabs and unscrew it. I just ground out some notches in a scrap sankey tap piece and shoved it in there, put a pipe wrench on it and then a 4ft pipe on the handle, sat on the keg and twisted hard (would work better to hold keg another way so you can get better leverage)

Anyway I had one that unscrewed just fine and came right out. The other one unscrewed and had some play but would not come out. I eventually had to cut the top off without any guide since I couldn't get it out. Come to find out the spear had a piece that flipped out after it was inserted into the keg. I don't know how they expected to ever get it out. If I were to run into that problem again I'd drill two holes at the connection of the collar and the top of the keg so I could push the pins in, but that is only if you are cutting the top out anyway as that will ruin the keg for any pressure.

Sorry no pictures for clarity, I hope to never do it again

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kinda closer picture, but fuzzy

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That looks like what I am dealing with...
i posted two pics in my gallery


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same as mine but theres a snap ring in there. i used a file to cut a notch that let me remove the snap ring but i dont have the keyway to turn the tube to remove.

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guess i need to find a machinist in my area to make me one of these

a home made sankey spear removal wrench...

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That would work, though if you wanted you could probably just go out and buy a large diameter socket wrench and take an angle grinder to it with a cut off disk (what I was using to cut out the top anyway) and you'd make your own notched spear removal tool. Get the 1/2" drive socket and use a breaker bar or large socket wrench with a pipe though, they are screwed in tight.

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had not thought of that...
that would work...

was also thinking, since I only have the one to do, and don't expect to make
a career out of spear removal, I might first try some large pieces of scrap
hardwood that I have. throw one onto the lathe, turn it down to size, and then
cut the notches into the sides... might just work for a one time removal,
and if not, it was some time on the lathe, which i always enjoy anyway.

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