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Old 05-29-2010, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default How difficult would this be to do? (Install ball valve)

I am looking at buying a 15 gallon pot but it does not come with a ball valve. Would it be difficult to install one myself? I have a dremel and a few other tools. I don't want to ruin an expensive pot so wanted to see if it was possible or even a good idea instead of having one welded in and not screwed on.

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Old 05-29-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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Sure, you just need a titanium step bit, a good drill and some will power. Buy a weldless ball valve kit from bargain fittings and you are all set. I have drilled many, many holes in my three SS kettles.

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When using the step bit, start off with a small pilot hole and it will make everything much easier

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+1 on bargain fittings. I ordered my ball valve kit from them for my cooler. I could've saved a few bucks if I bought all the parts seperately, but not much and it was easy knowing I had all the stuff I needed in one little bag that UPS dropped off.

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Is that step bit something I can buy at the hardware store? What should I be looking to spend on that bit and the ball valve all together?

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http://greatbargain.net/opencart/ind...&product_id=91

http://greatbargain.net/opencart/ind...&product_id=99
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Bargain Fittings sells the weldless bulkhead kit for $12, plus your choice of ball valve.

The also sell the step bits for $18

Many many people have been very happy with their products...

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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Some may disagree with me because of long term quality, but I went with the step bits from Harbor Freight, cheaper and have lasted me through about a dozen holes through SS and still going strong.

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece...lls-96275.html

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