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Old 05-28-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Has anyone seen the copper manifold at hd from pex thats $15? Im thinking of adding some shut of valves and tubing for a nice diy cheap manifold... I cant upload pics on here but maybe someone can so you guys can tell me what you think...

Google pex copper manifold and look for 4 outlet setup

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Old 05-28-2010, 11:58 PM   #2
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There are even cheaper options, like these ones from HF (the blue one actually has 4 holes) -
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...ler-96398.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...old-93979.html

Most of the cost of the manifolds is the check valves. If you don't use check valves, a DIY manifold can be made very very cheap.

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Old 05-29-2010, 12:03 AM   #3
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There are even cheaper options, like these ones from HF (the blue one actually has 4 holes) -
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...ler-96398.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...old-93979.html

Most of the cost of the manifolds is the check valves. If you don't use check valves, a DIY manifold can be made very very cheap.
True - But $6.00 check valves save $100 regulators! be careful
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I was thinking about Co2 with carbonic acid reacting with the brass.

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True - But $6.00 check valves save $100 regulators! be careful
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True - But $6.00 check valves save $100 regulators! be careful
Good point. I wasn't condoning skipping the check valves, just pointing out that that's where most of the cost of a manifold is. I actually use the larger manifold I posted with a good ball/check valve to protect the regulator, and cheap in line check valves to keep the beers from mingling with each other.
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I combined 2 of the blue ones form Harbor freight with the hole in the back using a nipple (not shown in their pic, but you can sort of see it in mine), a barb for the input and check ball valves at all of the outputs making an H shape and giving 5 outputs. There is also a check ball valve at the regulator. You're not going to save much money unless you find a really good deal on the check valves, I already had a few so for me it made sense to DIY.

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