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tolip_ck1 02-28-2011 09:28 PM

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Finished mine,

I had an extra ball valve, so I attached that to a quick disconnect and now I can do both sankey keg attachments and corneys.


FSR402 05-06-2011 07:18 PM

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Put mine together last night.
Had a post from a keg I used to make my flash boiler. So all I needed was a sprayer and a way to hook it up.
Came up with this. Used a male to female 3/8 flare fitting and some thread tape to hook the post onto the sprayer wand.


DodginBUIs 05-15-2011 03:15 PM

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For those of you looking for a quick and easy Sanke cleaner, I rigged up this mess for a few dollars with minimal brain activity. The beer line screws right onto that fitting at the end of the clear hose


DodginBUIs 05-15-2011 03:15 PM

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For those of you looking for a quick and easy Sanke cleaner, I rigged up this mess for a few dollars with minimal brain activity. The beer line screws right onto that fitting at the end of the clear hose


TheBroonery 07-07-2011 11:50 PM

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Here's a pic to update my earlier post. 1/4" MFL piece on the end, which is what my pin-lock disconnects use to connect to the beer line.


vince805 10-15-2011 05:36 PM

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Has anyone tried this with a pin lock post? I got a Firestone pin lock liquid post and it's not even close to fitting

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acefaser 12-13-2011 02:02 PM

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I have built the original but just wanted to let others know I found a similar sprayer at Petsmart. It has the same threaded nozzle that could be modified to have the keg fitting. I think the only difference was the pump mechanism. It was in the reptile supply area in ther store. I think the price was $9.99.


Brickout 12-13-2011 07:57 PM

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Got mine built today. Followed the instructions and used the same parts on the first page.

Works great!


starsailor 02-07-2012 01:31 PM

Finally gave in....
 
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About this time last year I made something similar under the "use what you got" principle. I cobbled it together from an empty OJ bottle, a schreader tire stem valve, a 3/8 ball valve, a 1/4 flare fitting, and a MIP reducer fitting.

It worked kind of OK, but required CO2 pressure to push the cleaning solution, needing me to change to a tire filler fitting on the end of my CO2 line from the regulator (a real PITA), and to hold it upside down to dispense the cleaner while adding CO2 with the other hand (another PITA). Also, because it attached to the flare nut on the beer line, it didn't clean the liquid ball lock fitting. It leaked a little too because the bottle wall is so thin and hard to seal well without tearing. So in the end, although it cleaned the lines just fine, I didn't like it all that much and really didn't like getting the caustic solution dripping and leaking on my hands.

So I finally broke down and built one of the pumps of the OP's original design. I have to say it's great device and 100% better than my junk. All the thread size banter aside, it goes together great if you follow the directions. I did do a couple of things slightly differently though. I puchased the Firestone ball lock post with the right thread, a "universal" poppet valve (see pic), and flare/FIP adapter from the same LHBS and HD as day_tippr. When I started putting it together I didn't like the amount of teflon tape it seemed to need to seal. So instead, I again used a couple of parts I had on hand to make better seals. I took off all the teflon tape and added a #10 o-ring (Danco brand at HD - see pic) to seal the flare to the ball lock post. For the adapter to the plastic pump head I took off most of the teflon tape leaving 1 wrap to keep the brass from galling the plastic treads and added a 1/4L sized faucet seat washer (Danco brand at HD - see pic) inside the brass adapter to funtion as a gasket. I had to sand down the OD of the faucet washer just a little, to the edge of the "1/4L" marking on the washer using some med. grit sandpaper on a sanding block, to get it to fit just right. These small changes should make it very reliable and 100% leak proof. My hands will like that!

I used it the other day and it SEALS GREAT and WORKS GREAT too! Kudos to the OP for posting this.


starsailor 02-07-2012 01:31 PM

Finally gave in....
 
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About this time last year I made something similar under the "use what you got" principle. I cobbled it together from an empty OJ bottle, a schreader tire stem valve, a 3/8 ball valve, a 1/4 flare fitting, and a MIP reducer fitting.

It worked kind of OK, but required CO2 pressure to push the cleaning solution, needing me to change to a tire filler fitting on the end of my CO2 line from the regulator (a real PITA), and to hold it upside down to dispense the cleaner while adding CO2 with the other hand (another PITA). Also, because it attached to the flare nut on the beer line, it didn't clean the liquid ball lock fitting. It leaked a little too because the bottle wall is so thin and hard to seal well without tearing. So in the end, although it cleaned the lines just fine, I didn't like it all that much and really didn't like getting the caustic solution dripping and leaking on my hands.

So I finally broke down and built one of the pumps of the OP's original design. I have to say it's great device and 100% better than my junk. All the thread size banter aside, it goes together great if you follow the directions. I did do a couple of things slightly differently though. I puchased the Firestone ball lock post with the right thread, a "universal" poppet valve (see pic), and flare/FIP adapter from the same LHBS and HD as day_tippr. When I started putting it together I didn't like the amount of teflon tape it seemed to need to seal. So instead, I again used a couple of parts I had on hand to make better seals. I took off all the teflon tape and added a #10 o-ring (Danco brand at HD - see pic) to seal the flare to the ball lock post. For the adapter to the plastic pump head I took off most of the teflon tape leaving 1 wrap to keep the brass from galling the plastic treads and added a 1/4L sized faucet seat washer (Danco brand at HD - see pic) inside the brass adapter to funtion as a gasket. I had to sand down the OD of the faucet washer just a little, to the edge of the "1/4L" marking on the washer using some med. grit sandpaper on a sanding block, to get it to fit just right. These small changes should make it very reliable and 100% leak proof. My hands will like that!

I used it the other day and it SEALS GREAT and WORKS GREAT too! Kudos to the OP for posting this.



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