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Old 08-24-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default DIY Sanke Valve Removal Tool suggestions

Looking for suggestions on making a tool with similar functionality as this:

https://morebeer.com/view_product/7543

I've watched the videos and have successfully removed several spears but I have one that is very stubborn. The end of the o-ring is right between the 2 notches and there is no room to wedge a screwdriver to get it started. I'm told this keg has been sitting in the open in someones backyard for a couple years and looking at it's condition, I can believe it. I think if I can push down the whole valve assembly I would have better luck.

I'm planning to use them as a fermenter eventually so making a tool similar to the above for assembly and disassembly would save a lot of work. Most of my ideas for a tool are close to Rube Goldberg and standing in Home Depot hasn't helped with generating ideas.

Any thoughts?

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:35 AM   #2
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Having fooled w/ sankes for a few years now, perhaps I can help. First I would try sharpening the small screwdriver to almost a knife edge so it can get a bite on the spiral ring.

If that doesn't work, what I have done to simulate the compression tool, is to use a large socket (wrench)...not sure maybe 1" - 1 1/4" that fits inside the top of the spear. Now take a piece of scrap wood...say 1X2 and tie wire that to the handle of the keg so it can be a lever to push down on the socket that will push the spear down to free the ring.

All you need is something that goes inside the spear...i use a socket, but you could use a piece of wood etc, and a way to force it down...i use a long piece of wood attached to the rim of the keg as a lever.

hard to put into words but actually very simple.

good luck...the first few times can be an adventure...but once you gaun a technique...easy peasy.

Oh I also have a sheet metal hook type tool that almost resembles the sanke knife...but only sometimes use it.

first try a sharpened screwdiver and a couple gentle taps w/ a hammer to see if you can get behind the spiral ring to pry it free...if not than try compressing the spear.

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:24 AM   #3
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The wood lever is a great suggestion, I was trying something like that but I think I need a deeper socket to make it work, right now the wood is in the way if I try to lever it down.

Also thinking about using some j-hooks I can drill through both ends of wood and attach through the handles, that way I can use wing nuts on the j-hooks to torque down the socket. It only looks like it can drop about 1/8" anyhow.

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First things first....

You DO NOT NEED that tool. Lay the keg on it's side, press a large screw driver into the ball/gasket joint. this lets the gas and stale beer escape without giving you a shower. once it is de-pressurized, use an ice pick or similar tool to slide the retaining ring out of it's gap. once out the valve assembly will either pull straight out or turn a 1/4 turn then up and turn again then out.

YOU DO NOT NEED IT!!!!!!!!!

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I understand I don't need that tool normally. As stated in my original post, I have disassembled kegs before but have a stubborn one that requires compressing the entire valve assembly so I can extract the o-rings, that is what that tool does.

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It is just glued on there by old beer. Stand it upright, pour some VERY hot water on the top of the valve. let it soak for a bit. Then try it. Don't need a tool. I have one like that, amazing the holding power of old stale beer. Like Krazey Glue.

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small carbide drill bit .Drill threw the ring at the end. You now have a place to use a pick or awl to start the ring out . I just use a small putty knife once the ring is started and just slide my way around the valve the retainer spring come right out.Almost like shucking a clam

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Not sure if something like this from Harbor Freight would work, but it has potential.

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Damn it, and I was just down at Harbor Freight this morning, that plus a 1 1/4" socket will be perfect.

I did eventually get the stuck one out, just took 3 broken flat heads to get the o-ring out.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll post if I make it work.

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Damn it, and I was just down at Harbor Freight this morning, that plus a 1 1/4" socket will be perfect.

I did eventually get the stuck one out, just took 3 broken flat heads to get the o-ring out.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll post if I make it work.
I'd really like to see that post! I use a lot of 19L Sanke kegs and I think being able to apply some pressure to the top of the spear would be even more helpful while re-inserting the ring that it would be while taking it out!
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