Originally Posted by Wayfarer
@ Aunt_Ester - ClaudiusB was correct, originally the intent was to set up a stout faucet. I can fit 8 five gallon kegs in the freezer and I considered making one mixed gas. I rarely drink stouts though so it has since ended up being my seasonal rotator with a standard tap.
@ sonvolt - I took my time to make sure everything was squared up well and flat. Initially I had purchased some caulk to put between the collar and freezer, but the fit was so snug (along with the 2" overlap) that there does not seem to be any trouble with cold air escaping. As far as the top is concerned, there is already a bit of stripping on it that works just fine. I did have to shim the hinges with a piece of excess lumber to make sure it is centered on the collar.
Thank you for posting these pix and this how to. I followed it this weekend and came up with a nice looking keezer. I do have one question about the shim / lumber piece you used on the lid hinge as I am having a heck of a time keeping the bolts from pulling out of the lid when it closes (on one side only)
What I did was trace a rectangle of 1x10 scrap wood that matched up with the top hinge metal frame. Then I pre drilled this piece of wood and put in self tapping 1 1/4" hex head bolts that went thru the metal hinge frame, then through the wood and finally into the lid. Well it opened and closed a few times and then the hex heads are pulling out of the fridgadare lid but staying into the metal hinge frame and wood shim I made.
What did you do to solve this? Can you take a picture please of your top hinge soloution? I am at a loss here.