Originally Posted by fratermus
I am failing at the very first step: "To remove the tube, you first must remove the retaining "spring". I did this by pushing it around with a flat screwdriver until the end was visible through one of the holes in the fitting built onto the keg. "
Ok, I see now.
Based on my misreading of this picture:
I thought he was drifting the upper collar around so that it met up with the ends of the retaining ring. The way the shadow falls under the screwdriver makes it look kinda like he's got the screwdriver resting on a tab in the collar.
I finally got enough light on the thing to see that what I thought was a rotating collar is in fact a unmovable welded/rolled/whatever part of the neck of the filler hole. In the pic I think he is drifting the retaining ring by applying force on the "raised" end of the ring. The ring is drifted around _under_ the collar. Note: that's not how I got the ring out...
I have been beating the living crap out of this thing, using a torch, mallet, hammer, block of wood, steel pipes. I am sure the neighbors hate me because hammering on a keg is LOUD. I had earplugs in the whole time.
Anyhow, I had butchered the neck bad enought that I had to fight to get the spear out. But it's out, the keg is cleaned and ready to have the lid cut off.
I am some kind of hardware moron. Just thought I'd share. I am going to take a shower now because I am dripping with sweat and angst.