I'm on my second brew and I'm really enjoying making beer! I just made a tripel last night. I had read that folks were fitting blowoff tubes to buckets by putting 1.5" tubing on a 3 piece airlock. How in the world do you get it on the airlock tube? My LHBS had heard of the idea so we tried it and couldn't get it to fit on.
Anyway, he happened to have a 3 piece airlock without a floater and cap so he cut it so only the stem remained. The tubing fit on there just fine and I got it on just in time. Things are pretty violent right now.
I wanted to share a tip that I hadn't come across yet...the owner suggested using a 1 gallon water jug as the container for the end of the tube and guiding the tube down the handle. That way, the tube won't go anywhere. You can actually pick it up by the tube this way. It's working well so far.