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Old 07-15-2013, 02:50 AM   #1
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Default Drilling into the Keezer Lid

I'm about to build a keezer out of a GE 7 cu ft chest freezer. I have two questions I need advice on before drilling. btw, I have no handyman skills whatsoever. Got a friend coming over that does, but he's never built one either so seeking some direction.

1. What is in the actual lid? Is it just insulation material or is there metal on there? Any advice on needed tools to frill the holes? I am going to add a tower so I'll need other holes for the tubing and air circulation vents.

2. If I install a drip tray with a drain, won't that leak air through the hole causing the unit to run more frequently?

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:17 AM   #2
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The lid is typically metal on the outside, insulation inside and a plastic liner on the inside. It's the one part of a chest freezer that I'd feel comfortable drilling through.
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If you're drip tray hose is submerged in liquid it cannot leak air.

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The lid is typically metal on the outside, insulation inside and a plastic liner on the inside. It's the one part of a chest freezer that I'd feel comfortable drilling through.
Yep, I agree. I assume you want to run beer lines through the top to tower. Just buy an appropriately sized hole saw and you'll have no problems.
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For running the drip tray - you want to run a hose to something. I run mine into an old 1.75l bottle that sits inside the kegerator. I check it from time to time, as you don't want to let that bad boy overflow... YUCK.

Cutting into the top is the easy part of cutting into a chest freezer.

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Ok, that was too simple. Hadn't thought about keeping the drip tray hose in liquid. Thanks for everyone's help.

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Yep, I agree. I assume you want to run beer lines through the top to tower. Just buy an appropriately sized hole saw and you'll have no problems.

When you make your holes with the holesaw.........Put a pilot hole through the outer skin, ( metal), all the way through the inner skin, (plastic), using a drill bit of the same size as used with the hole saw, ( usually 1/4 inch).

Keep your drill and pilot hole perpendicular to the skin as you drill through both skins, ( inner and outer).

Then, use your holesaw from EACH side, ( metal skin, then plastic skin), and you'll have a lot cleaner hole.................(That's what she said!......).
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Thanks all, so very helpful. Excellent idea about pilot hole, gonna give it a shot this weekend.

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