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Old 07-23-2007, 04:02 PM   #1
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I'm trying to accomplish two things. Reduce the number of stainless fittings to buy and keep the ball valve from sticking out from the keg too far.

What if I grind the hex shape off of one end of the valve and have it welded directly into the keg. Can teflon seals handle weld temps?

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Old 07-23-2007, 04:06 PM   #2
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Isn't the purpose of teflon tape to lubricate the threads such that you can torque the fitting so that the threads do the sealing?

I didn't think that the tape acted as the seal.

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Old 07-23-2007, 04:11 PM   #3
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Sorry I wasn't clear... Most stainless ball valves use a teflon ring at the ball to body junction. If I have it welded directly to the keg, it could overheat it I guess. There will be no teflon tape here if I do this.

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Old 07-23-2007, 04:14 PM   #4
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I would say probably not. The entire valve might warp as well.

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Right (duh). There has to be a technique for this as I imagine that type of thing would happen alot.

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Old 07-23-2007, 04:17 PM   #6
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Why not use a nipple instead of a coupler.

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The hex part may actually unscrew for a better chance at success (weld this right to the tank and screw the ball body on after) , but you still risk warpage.

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What are you planning on doing if/when the ball valve should fail?

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Yeah, I already know it's a bad idea. If the seal went bad, I'd have to find an identical valve and change the guts out.

I never liked the idea of putting the nipple right into the wall because it leaves the threads exposed to damage..in the rare chance you had the valve off of course.

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Jam a plug on it when the valve is off. To a certain degree you can also fix a nipple with a standard die (or an adjustable die like in threading machines).

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