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Old 11-23-2011, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default Self soldered bulkheads for cooler

In the spirit of the soldering stainless steel thread, I want to make bulkheads for my cooler mlt and hlt. In the beginning of that thread, there is washer soldered on the hex nipple. I want to do something similar, but for a cooler. Could I just use a 1/2" NPT stainless nipple 1.5" long, a 1/2" stainless lock nut, and a 1.2" stainless washer and make my own that is longer for a cooler? I am thinking the soldered piece would go inside the cooler, and the screw the ball valve on the outside with the standard washer stack. I would be able to tighten things down much easier I would imagine this way. The only thing is would I set the nut where it would be length wise and solder it, then place the washer on and solder that again? Or do it in one step somehow?

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yes you can.

do it and document it for all to see.

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[...]The only thing is would I set the nut where it would be length wise and solder it, then place the washer on and solder that again? Or do it in one step somehow?[...]
Because of their tight proximity, you'd want to solder the nut and washer to the nipple in one shot to assure a solid, non-crystalized joint...

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It might be easier to solder a washer to whatever fitting you plan to use on the interior. A nut would be unnecessary in that case.

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It might be easier to solder a washer to whatever fitting you plan to use on the interior. A nut would be unnecessary in that case.
This is a good idea. I'm ordering parts probably next week, I will give it all a shot and see what happens. Soldered bulkheads for coolers would be nice with the extra length. The reason I want the nut is to be able to put a wrench on it and screw the inside fitting and ball valve on nice and night without having to use a bench vise or something to hold the pipe to thread the fittings on.
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I made up a few 2" nipples with a washer soldered to one end at the thread/flat junction. The benefit here is that the seal is made without regard to whatever interior fitting you use.

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How did you get the washer to stay put while soldering it? And with this method, is it going to be flux, heat, then apply solder?

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The washers I used were small enough that they didn't pass onto the largest part of the nipple. The solder joint is right at the edge of the flat/threads. I just flux the joint, put a loop of solder in that area and heat the nipple from underneath until the solder flows.

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