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Old 08-01-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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I need some help, fast. I finished my keezer, have a beer carbing up but my GF is freaking out about our cat hitting the faucet handle and dumping 5 gallons of beer on the floor. The beer faucet locks you can be are $35+ and I do not want to spend that much money on them. Do any of you have ideas on how to prevent the cat from using the faucet? I suggested just unscrewing the handles but that is a no-go. As it is, I need to push the freezer out, reconnect the liquid out line, pour a beer, disconnect, and push it back against the wall and the idea behind getting a draft system is to reduce work...

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Old 08-01-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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Lose the cat and / or GF... j/k bungee or zip tie?

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Old 08-02-2009, 12:11 AM   #3
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I recommend having a 2x2 board cut to the length of your collar. On either end, have a mount so that the board can be attached in front of the tap handles and also be removed easily. Maybe a hinge on one side and a gate lock of sorts on the other?

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Old 08-02-2009, 03:31 PM   #4
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Depending on how big your tower is you could make a plywood box to set over the tower when not in use or even a heavy duty cardboard box.

If you could take a pic of your draft setup, it might be easier to come up with idea's.

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Old 08-02-2009, 03:52 PM   #5
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I have a few ideas now so I will try them out and report back what worked best. I do not have a tower but a freezer with a collar. If it was just a tower that would be really simple!

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Old 08-02-2009, 04:20 PM   #6
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Put a glass terrarium on top with a 10ft burmeese python in it. Maybe the cat will get the hint.

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Old 08-02-2009, 06:10 PM   #7
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Not sure exactly what your set up is like but I was thinking of some DIY tap handles where I might add a hole or loop off the back side so as to allow me to thread a cable lock through Then one pull gets them all.

Not exactly your situation but I'm looking to battle a teenage population...

I've thought about having a hook or loop welded to my tower to hook the taps onto.

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Old 08-02-2009, 06:36 PM   #8
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Lose the cat.

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I was worried about this when I first built my kegerator, but my cat actually doesn't go anywhere near it. It seems to be the only thing in the house he has no interest in jumping on top of.

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For cat concerns, my approach would be to use something like 1x4 to block all of the tap handles from coming forwards, with clips or bungee cords to hold it in place.

For teenager concerns, step one is education, step two is punishment, and step three would be to use a padlock and twisted steel cable. If you can lock the keezer top shut, you could put inline shutoffs in the beer line.

For all of the people who seriously post "Lose the cat", shut the hell up and contribute.

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