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Old 02-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default Can I drill for a tap in the side of a fridge?

I recieved a large side by side fridge from my parents and have been using a party tap for the last few months inside the fridge. I have a tap and want to drill the hole for it, but I don't want to do it in the door of the fridge. I know that sometimes cooling lines are run thrgough the sides of fridges. Has anybody put the tap on the side of their fridge? Any tips on where/how to find out if there are components on the side?

Any help would be great.

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Old 02-17-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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I guess it depends on the fridge,you could try the baking soda and rubbing alcohol method,but dont know how it would work on the side of a fridge.The obvious answer is to call the manufacturer,Id think no lines on the side,but its just a guess

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Old 02-17-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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I would recommend putting the fridge on its side, but the manufacturer will recommend NOT to do that. But I guess they'd also recommend not drilling into the fridge!

Personally, I'd say screen it and try it anyways. Research the method online (I don't know the proportion of the components) but basically it'll clump where the lines are (if any). From there you know where it is safe to drill.

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Old 02-17-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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If you cam see the condensor on the back of the fridge and the coils inside the fridge then you can drill a hole straight through the sidde. Otherwise you could use the ics maker/water disoenser if it has one and upgrade the spigot to allow for a larger flow. You can also drill through the front doors very easilly and attatch a catcher tray and drain for foamy brew. Lots of possibilities and very few linnits if you use common sense.
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Agree with Bob. Also, the lines will be run to the freezer, not the fridge regardless if they are run up the back or up the side. Isolate your hole drilling to the fridge side, and you should be fine.

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Old 02-17-2013, 09:39 PM   #6
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When I drilled the side of mine to run the co2 line, i cut a 1"x1" hole on the inside with a razor blade (surprisingly easy) and drilled from the inside out.

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I've actually been wondering this myself. I just got a 20 lb co2 tank and I'll need to drill a new hole for the gas line since it won't fit inside with the kegs. I also have a side by side. Let us know how it turns out.

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When I drilled the side of mine to run the co2 line, i cut a 1"x1" hole on the inside with a razor blade (surprisingly easy) and drilled from the inside out.
This is the best advise. DO NOT DRILL FROM THE OUTSIDE!!

By doing it this way you can locate the lines before you drill, they are always stuck to the outer skin.
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Thanks. I will keep everything in mind tomorrow.

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I drilled it from the outside, it worked. FYI

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