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Old 06-02-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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I bought an angle grinder today, and some step drills, starting work on a new keggle... any tips? This is going to suck ha ha ha

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Old 06-02-2007, 07:18 PM   #2
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It shouldn't suck at all. It should be quite a bit of fun, really. Biggest tip I can give you: don't get in a hurry - have a bit of patience when measuring and cutting.

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Old 06-02-2007, 07:40 PM   #3
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biggest thing is to NOT try and cut all the way through with one pass of the grinder. Let the wheel do the work, let it take three or four passes. Obviously, draw out your circle with some market; FYI, the bottom of an ale pail is a great size for the hole. Clean up the edge with a file and some sandpaper, and you're good to go. Take your time, but it won't take that long - it's easier than you think it will be.

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Don't press to hard when drilling and make sure you oil the bit. SS doesn't cut well with to much pressure.

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Im sure you would do this.....but...wear eye protection!!

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I'd recommend filling the keg with water to reduce the noise as well as wearing ear plugs.

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Sweet, it is marked... my new 4.5amp 4.5" angle grinder will get its first test... then to the step drilling. QUESTION, isnt the OD of a 1/2" MPT nipple about 5/8" or so? I am making my own weldless fitting for the ball valve and want to make sure I have the sizing correct. Thanks.

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yep... what they said about the cutting and the drilling. It really goes fast once you start and is pretty fun. Now... don't get stuck at 3/4" drilling like I did and think you can just ream it out... I need to get another drill bit or something, I wrecked some of the threads on one of the nipples getting a bit too forcefull trying to make the undersized whole work

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Sweet, it is marked... my new 4.5amp 4.5" angle grinder will get its first test... then to the step drilling. QUESTION, isnt the OD of a 1/2" MPT nipple about 5/8" or so? I am making my own weldless fitting for the ball valve and want to make sure I have the sizing correct. Thanks.

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I think so, but that's why they make tape measures, son...

I'd keep it with you when you drill, and check it each time you make a "step" and you know you're close.
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Okay, I have done a couple passes, and I am getting no where... alot of sparks and heat but very little cutting going on here... what gives? Is it really this hard with an angle grinder?

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