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Old 02-24-2009, 01:08 AM   #1
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What are you guys doing to them before you use it, cleaning with something really mean and nasty?
I am planning on taking it by the welding shop for a 1/2" nipple to be welded on.

I cant seem to find many pics of what people have done to theirs

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Old 02-24-2009, 01:28 AM   #2
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I would go weldless; it affords you the ability to strip it down and clean it thoroughly as needed and ensures that in the unlikely event that you ruin your threads you are only out a new fitting…… but this is a ford/chevy argument at best

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Old 02-24-2009, 02:31 AM   #3
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Why do people always pick 1/2 inch instead 3/8? I want to get the false bottom from midwest and the pipe is 3/8 so I figured I would do 3/8s and then get the 3/8s blichman valve. Is this not a good idea?

What the the chances of you stripping the nipple?

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Old 02-24-2009, 02:35 AM   #4
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Why do people always pick 1/2 inch instead 3/8? I want to get the false bottom from midwest and the pipe is 3/8 so I figured I would do 3/8s and then get the 3/8s blichman valve. Is this not a good idea?

What the the chances of you stripping the nipple?
Well I have been known to F@#$ up an anvil so who knows. I guess I need to hit the metal supermarket tomorrow see about making a false bottom
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:26 PM   #5
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I'd say people go 1/2" because they plan on expanding their system at some point. If you plan to use a march pump they require 1/2" on the inlet side, and you restrict flow on the outlet. It's a one time purchase, and worth a few extra bucks to do it 1/2" the first time around.
For cleaning, Bar Keepers Friend and/or Oxyclean work great and are at your local supermarket. BKF is good for scrubbing crud away and leaving a nice finish, Oxy is good for dissolving the crud, use it with hot water and let it soak.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:10 PM   #6
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+1 on the oxy.

I use a long handled pot scrubber from the kitchen to get residue off the sides.

Saves your back.

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Old 02-24-2009, 05:22 PM   #7
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What the the chances of you stripping the nipple?

Depends on how good of a smooth talker you are.
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What would you use to connect the 3/8 pipe from the false bottom to the 1/2 nipple?

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BKF and a green scrubby works great for stainless.

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Old 02-24-2009, 07:36 PM   #10
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Avoid 3/8 at all cost - they clog way to fast. Looking back I would have used 1" or even 1.5" and stepped down to 1/2 using bushings.

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