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burton178 10-20-2008 07:56 PM

Weldless Ball Valve parts... at Lowe's/HD????
Title pretty much says it all... I got a Keg today from the local salvage yard!!

I want to do a weldless valve system in and was wondering if I could pick up everything I need at the local hardware store.

Anybody done this?? Drawbacks?

BTW... I've already seen most of the websites that sell them ready to roll. I just like having excuses to walk through the man's playground. :D

Anthony_Lopez 10-20-2008 08:13 PM

You should be able to find most of the stuff you need as long as you don't mind brass. Lowes/HD don't sell any stainless parts in my area. Some people seem to have problems finding the washers and the orings...

sea2summit3 10-20-2008 08:15 PM

I was just at Home Depot the other day in Reno. Couldn't really find what I needed. They have ball valves but I couldn't find much else. Been wondering about food grade seals/o-rings as well. Employees just looked at me cross-eyed when I asked.

Mirilis posted some links here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/cheapest-suppliers-common-equipment-84456/ for parts and supplies.

On a similar subject, I've read about people sweating fittings on to the ballvalve for a down tube into the keg. Doesn't that use lead? Is that safe? I found a "no lead" ball valve: http://www.discovervalve.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=D&Product_Code =101113&Category_Code=noleadbrassbv Is this a better idea?

Yuri_Rage 10-20-2008 08:26 PM

Plumbing solder hasn't contained lead in decades.

burton178 10-20-2008 08:47 PM

hm... bargain fittings is looking hard to beat.

Anthony_Lopez 10-20-2008 11:13 PM

bargain fittings is the way to go... I spent a lot of time trying to piece together a stainless set for cheaper than their prices, and couldn't...

Duckfoot 10-21-2008 01:54 AM

+1 on Bargain... Got my fitting pretty quick as well...

sea2summit3 10-21-2008 02:34 PM


Originally Posted by NoClueBrewMaster (Post 907118)
bargain fittings is the way to go... I spent a lot of time trying to piece together a stainless set for cheaper than their prices, and couldn't...

Are you all referring to bargain fittings at greatbargain.net?

CyclingCraig 10-21-2008 05:16 PM

Don't know if this will help, but here is the thru-wall ball valve I made from home depot parts for my Cooler MLT:

Parts List:

boozehoundbrew 01-27-2012 08:45 PM

I found out the hard way that STAINLESS FITTINGS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT LOCAL STORES. In the Chicago area, the following five stores carry brass, galvanized, & "black steel" NPT fittings, but NOT stainless steel:
- Home Depot
- Lowes
- Menards
- Ace
- Crafty Beaver

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