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Old 07-23-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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Default Removing posts on ball lock keg

Finally got a kegging setup! Woohoo. I have a question, though. I'm trying to break down the kegs for a good cleaning and am having trouble getting the posts off. A crescent wrench doesn't fit well in the gap in the top, and I don't have a socket deep enough to fit over the post. I can get the wrench around the standard hex nut but it doesn't work as well on the star nut. Neither wants to budge. Is there a trick to this?

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Old 07-23-2008, 10:49 PM   #2
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I bought a set of cheap deep sockets for this purpose.

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Old 07-23-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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I had 12-point closed-end wrenches already in my tool chest, they work well. The problem I usually have is the damn things are on so tight......

I'm with Bird's stance, if I ever get around to buying them. Dedicated deep-socket set.

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Old 07-23-2008, 11:02 PM   #4
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Craftsmen:

Great thing about these is that if the post are really stuck...you can whack this wrench with a three pound sledge to knock it loose.
These also work on normal fittings.


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+1 on Craftsman........Anything you can hit with a 3 pound sledge, is alright in my book.

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I read on another forum about a guy who clamped the lock in a bench vice and turned the whole keg.
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I hope he clamped his wrench, and not the corny post itself! Those need to be round and unscratched, if possible! If you put a bunch of gouges in your corny post, you could experience leaking, warping, chewing up the inside of your QD's... just generally bad news!

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I bought a set of cheap deep sockets for this purpose.
I did the same thing because I knew I would be using them quite often.
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I had 12-point closed-end wrenches already in my tool chest, they work well. The problem I usually have is the damn things are on so tight......
I've had a few posts that absolutely wouldn't budge by hand. Apparently that cola syrup turns to crazy glue when it's on there long enough! Solution? I zipped em' off with a deep socket and my air-impact wrench! Overkill, perhaps. Effective, definitely!
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The reason that I'm an idiot, though, was that I bought a set of six-sided sockets, then the next batch of kegs I got from NB mostly needed the twelve-point sockets, so I ended up with two sets. BUY THE TWELVE-POINT SET!

IIRC, on sale the set of ten or twelve sockets was only like $20 or so. Craftsman - but not their best!

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