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Old 07-28-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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gonna build my manifold tonight... Using CPVC and was wondering, how big the slits can be. Should I DRILL holes along the manifold and if so, what diameter is best, or can I use my Miter Saw to cut the slits... I think the blade is an 1/8".

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Old 07-28-2011, 02:35 PM   #2
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dremel tool if you have one. make slits.... My buddy wanted to help make mine so he taped along the bottom and measured and marked each cut.. took the dremel and a cutting wheel and cut slits just deep enough to go through.. clean up the cuts and you are done.

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Use slits not holes and 1/8 is too big. If you know anyone with a bandsaw, That is what I used and it is great. You can really control your depth of cut.

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Old 07-28-2011, 03:28 PM   #4
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gotcha... I have a hacksaw... I guess that would work...

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slits jsut under halfway through was how i did my copper manifold. i started with a dremel, it was taking too long, so i switched to an air powered cut off wheel. i couldnt imagine making all those cuts with a hack saw.

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I was about to ask this same question when I saw this thread. Thanks for the information!

I've read that spacing is typically about every 1/2". Is that correct?

Here's a picture just like the manifold I made for a 52 quart Coleman Xtreme.



Got the picture and idea from another post on this site [link]. So much useful info here!

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Hey, that looks pretty good but it's not ideal to have all four tubes have to deliver the wort from the right all the way to the left and then to the center tube. If you can put some tees and crosses in at about the middle of the cooler to get all four tubes into the center, that's better.

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OK, thanks for the tip, Bobby! I'll head back to Home Depot and see what I can come up with

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Yes, a hacksaw will work just fine. Cut slits about half way through the tube, and cut plenty of them. Technically you can drill holes, but you'd need to drill small ones, like 1/16" or smaller. It's just not worth the time, go with slits.

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gotcha... I have a hacksaw... I guess that would work...
That's exactly what I did.
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