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Old 03-14-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default What size deep socket to remove ball lock fitting?

I bought 3 used corneys on the internet. They arrived in brutal shape and need all the o-rings replaced.

Anyone know what size deep socket to use to remove them?

On a similar note, one of the ball locks has a 12 point nut and not six. Anyone have experiance removing them? I assume it the same size socket but 12 points instead of 6.

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Old 03-14-2007, 12:15 PM   #2
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Anyone know what size deep socket to use to remove them?
7/8th socket or boxend wrench.

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On a similar note, one of the ball locks has a 12 point nut and not six. Anyone have experiance removing them? I assume it the same size socket but 12 points instead of 6.
Exactly.

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FWIW, ball lock keg fittings come in two sizes. 11/16" and 7/8". When getting a socket, keep in mind that a twelve point socket will fit a six point nut, but a six point socket will not fit a twelve point nut. So it's always good to go with the twelve point socket. As stated above, box wrenches are open on one end and are a closed twelve point on the other.

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FWIW, ball lock keg fittings come in two sizes. 11/16" and 7/8". When getting a socket, keep in mind that a twelve point socket will fit a six point nut, but a six point socket will not fit a twelve point nut. So it's always good to go with the twelve point socket. As stated above, box wrenches are open on one end and are a closed twelve point on the other.
Excellent points !

I use a box end wrench because I don't have a deep well 7/8" socket. I intended to buy one then realize that the wrench works just as well as the socket I was using for the 11/16"
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Check your PMs.

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How deep does the socket need to be in order to be able to cover the ball lock fitting and loosen the nut?

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I have one keg with 11/16" posts. All others are 7/8".

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How deep does the socket need to be in order to be able to cover the ball lock fitting and loosen the nut?
Not sure on the specific depth, but the Kobalt 7/8 12 pointed socket they sell at Lowes covers it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:15 PM   #10
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I keep 12-point, 7/8" and 11/16" combination wrenches in the brew house. The posts only need a quarter turn or so before they unscrew by hand, so I find a ratchet unnecessary.

I also don't mind leaving inexpensive wrenches in the brewery. Not so much with my nice ratchets.

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P.S. You know what a ratchet is? Why, it's a little bigger than a mouse...

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