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Old 04-23-2010, 02:50 AM   #1091
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Monty,
Did you look where the hot water tanks are? Sometimes the larger sizes are put by the tanks themselves because of the larger attachments needed. The other assortments are usually for the sink and toilet connection.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:40 PM   #1092
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Ended up finding what I need at Ace Hardware and put it all together last night

only thing is, I bought a 50Qt Coleman cooler and I had to cut down the size of the SS washer with a dremmel to make it fit...but tested it last night and no leaks...10 Gal AG coming tomorrow

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Old 04-28-2010, 12:52 PM   #1093
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well i have everything i need minus the washers. Including shipping a pack of 10 at fastneal is almost $18. what outside diameter does the washer need to be? my home depot has 5/8 SS flat washers, but not 5/8 SS fender washers. will the flat washers work for this?

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Old 04-28-2010, 03:28 PM   #1094
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the fender washers leave no doubt. I am glad I found those instead of hte regular washers...I have to dremmel the washer on one side to get it to fit but worked like a charm

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:03 PM   #1095
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well i have everything i need minus the washers. Including shipping a pack of 10 at fastneal is almost $18. what outside diameter does the washer need to be? my home depot has 5/8 SS flat washers, but not 5/8 SS fender washers. will the flat washers work for this?
Flat or fender will work as long as they fit and are stainless. I've found that having a pack of 10 works out real well, they make great gifts for brewers starting out in ag. I gave a couple of them and a ss/toilet braid to one of my brew buddies from x-mas last year and he thought it was the coolest gift.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:27 PM   #1096
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OK so i just bought 1/2 SS fender washers and got a buddy to drill them to 5/8. Got home, and they are too small. I bought Zinc 5/8 cut washers, they fit just fine, so i used these on the outside and skipped the washer on the inside. Got everything put together. It has 10 gals of water in it now and doesnt leak. Do i have to have the washer on the inside? the hose barb adapter is straight against the seal that came with the cooler.

2nd issue - I got home, cut the "stainless steel" braid, then realised it cut very easy. I believe is Poly and not SS. Will this work or will i need SS? Also how to i tell if my vinyl tubing is high temp? i told the guy at ace what i was doing and what temperatures i would be working with and he gave me some clear vinyl tubing. it was $0.49/ft.

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Old 04-28-2010, 09:33 PM   #1097
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If it doesn't leak that I would say the internal washer isn't needed.

The poly one will NOT work. It needs to be SS and will say so on the package.

Skip the tubing. Use SS clamps or vinyl zip ties.

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i thought the stainless steel clamps weren't made entirely of stainless steel and is why he switch to tubing? because of the rusting

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Yeah, I thought the same thing, but FlyGuy went back to suggesting the clamps after people were having trouble with the correct tubing. It's buried in this thread somewhere.

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And regarding the high temp hose -- please re-read the thread. I no longer recommend using that AT ALL. More trouble than it is worth.

If you can get all stainless hose clamps, they still work the best. I have since switched back to them. But if you can find rigid, high temp tubing, that stuff works like a charm. I got mine at Rona (sort of like a Lowes up here in Canada).
You just have to make sure that the clamps are ALL SS. I found them at Fastenal.

Others are having no issues using the zip ties.

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ahh ok, i must have missed that. at one point i read this entire thread. Any type of zip ties in particular? i figured they would melt.

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