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Old 05-09-2011, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default Home Depot Rubbermaid cooler conversion - bargainfittings.com question to MLT -

Anyone convert a Home Depot rubbermaid 5 or 10 gallon cooler to MLT recently? I picked one of each up this week to use as MLT and HLT and want to buy a valve and fittings from bargainfittings.com - I'm looking for feedback as to whether I should get the keg/kettle bulkhead kit meant for 1/8 keg or kettle walls or 1/4 without an included shim or if I should get the shortest cooler bulkhead kit meant for up to 3/8 cooler wall. I'm measuring the cooler wall at just a bit less than 1/4, which should let me use the keg/kettle kit, but I don't know the significance of the shim, and I don't know if I go up to the cooler kit, if the kit meant for 3/8 wall will be too long and I'll have to add extra shims.

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Old 05-09-2011, 12:59 AM   #2
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Why not just follow this? http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...08/#post223137

I followed that. It took no time at all and I'm no DIY expert by any means. Served me well for more than 2 years now.

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Old 05-09-2011, 01:06 AM   #3
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Why not just follow this? http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/chea...08/#post223137

I followed that. It took no time at all and I'm no DIY expert by any means. Served me well for more than 2 years now.
Difficulty of finding SS components, which I'd prefer, at local hardware stores has me looking to a complete kit at a reasonable price from bargainfittings. I spent a lot of time in that thread reading at least half of it, thanks for letting me know it worked for you.
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I got this one a few weeks back to convert my 10g HD rubbermaid: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=85

the 1.5" standard nipple is a perfect fit.

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Old 05-09-2011, 03:28 AM   #5
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I concur about the 1.5" nipple. I've done this exact thing with a HD cooler + Bargainfittings. It has worked great for me.

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I got this one a few weeks back to convert my 10g HD rubbermaid: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=85

the 1.5" standard nipple is a perfect fit.
this is what used but have yet to use it
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I followed the sticky and went to a local fastenal store for the ss washers and hd for the rest with a leak free fit. Cheap, local and easy

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I got this one a few weeks back to convert my 10g HD rubbermaid: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=85

the 1.5" standard nipple is a perfect fit.
I ordered the same thing last night, hope all goes well with the fit. I am using a square igloo from WalMart. Filled the lid with great stuff.
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Thanks for all the feedback, placed my order

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I have the same (standard) BF conversion kit in my 10 gal Rubbermaid Cooler. Works great for over two years now.

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