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Old 01-30-2013, 06:12 PM   #11
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1" conduit punch makes a 1-11/32" hole. Close but still bigger than 1.25".
Good info to have. So, for me, it seems like 3/32 is still a decent gap when dealing with 220 and liquid. Does anyone know what the tolerance is for a kal style element housing/connection? Do the elements fit completely snug in the holes?
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:17 PM   #12
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Or, ya know, Greenlee 730BB Yeah, it's really expensive, but you know exactly the hole you're going to get. And given the expense of a kettle (not to mention 3) and how much you'd hate to make a hole the wrong size... of course you could make an argument for doing Harbor Freight for the element punch, and Greenlee for the rest of the 1/2 NPT fittings.

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Old 01-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #13
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1" conduit punch makes a 1-11/32" hole. Close but still bigger than 1.25".
For what it's worth, I did a wet test using a hole cut with one if these 1" NPT punches and it will seal properly with the stock rubber gasket that comes with the heater element inside the kettle, but NOT with the method Kal uses.

I'm not sure how food safe that gasket is, but it must be temperature rated, and it does seal.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:29 PM   #14
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ya it seams the conduit punches will be good for the other holes (ball valves) but this element hole is an odd ball!

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:49 PM   #15
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There should be a loaner program for the punch. I just sucked it up and bought one because I like using the right tool for a job. But it would have been nice to just borrow one for the couple holes.

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:26 PM   #16
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ya another problem I'm having is finding decent prices for all the flanged connectors (l14, l6, l5), I'd like to buy them all in one place but it's near impossible!

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:39 PM   #17
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There should be a loaner program for the punch. I just sucked it up and bought one because I like using the right tool for a job. But it would have been nice to just borrow one for the couple holes.
i think you own this program now
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:20 AM   #18
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ya I'll pay the shipping to borrow it

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Old 01-31-2013, 02:22 AM   #19
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Shoot me a PM and we will see what we can do.

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Old 01-31-2013, 12:22 PM   #20
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I think I might go at it with a step bit and if it doesn't turn out clean I'll have a buddy weld the nut on.

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