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Old 02-07-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Can I cut the "pins" off of a pin lock corny keg? As farr as I can tell the only thing thay are good for is making it a PITA to get the post off. Sorry if this is a dumb question but I didn't want to ruin the post.

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Old 02-07-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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you can buy new posts and convert from pin to ball lock

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Old 02-07-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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Sorry, I found my answer. Mods please delete at your descretion.

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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Don't cut the pins off. They are not there to make it difficult to remove the post.

The pins hold the disconnect fitting onto the post. If you cut them off, the disconnect will be pushed off with pressure in the keg.

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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Why do people have a hard time with this anyways? I just have a regular ol' wrench (forget what size...) I use to get it right off. Just come at it from the top with a downward angle and put it right between the pins. Super easy, would never consider paying money for a tool or different posts.

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:00 PM   #6
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Raouliii: I remembered that right after starting this thread but thanks for the info.

Iijakii: I have no clue why mine are so difficult to remove. I tried removing them just as you said and couldn't get them free.

I'm just going to cut a socket so that I can get them off. Thanks for the help guys.

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #7
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try lubing them next time. Also if the keg is empty do a hot soak. There may be dried beer which is like glue. Give it a hot soak in oxiclean or PBW then give it a try

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:08 PM   #8
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Why do people have a hard time with this anyways? I just have a regular ol' wrench (forget what size...) I use to get it right off. Just come at it from the top with a downward angle and put it right between the pins. Super easy, would never consider paying money for a tool or different posts.
I thought the same thing until I bought a keg with 1 post that would not budge. I ended up buying a socket and cutting slots to fit the pins.

Now that I have the tool (socket+ratchet) - it is way less cumbersome to take these things on and off. Even with a monkey wrench you would have to attack it from different positions
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I guess I could see that. Praise baby jesus mine weren't gummy'd up and stuck.

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Mine are new to me (A.K.A. old and used all to hell). I'm trying to rebuild them and lube them for the first time and I've had hell getting them off up to this point. Cutting and old spark plug socket I think is going to be my best bet.

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