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Old 12-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #191
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If your using casters, what are you using?
I used three different types of castors. I put four castors on one end, so that I can tip the stand over on one end to achieve a smaller footprint for storing my stand. For this, I used four swivel castors, three inch wheels, that have a half-inch bolt post. I ran the bolt-post through the slots in the unistrut, and then added some washers and half inch nuts.

For the bottom of the stand (in the brewing position) I used two swivel castors with four inch wheels. These also have a half-inch threaded post that I ran through the unistrut slot, and attached with washers and half-inch nuts. On the other end, I used to fixed castors that bolt on to a solid surface. I bolted these to some steel, which I then bolted to the unistrut. I wanted these castors to not swivel so that it would make it easier to move the stand from a vertical position (storage position) to a horizontal position (brewing position) and vice versa.

Others have used castors with a half-inch threaded post that they fastened to the short leg of an L connector. They then fastened the L connector to the unistrut using the special nuts, etc. Look at Post # 73 in this thread.

I hope that you find this helpful.

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:48 PM   #192
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anyone have shipping problems with the recommended strutchannelfittings.com? Not sure what happened but I ordered on the 19th and got the confirmation email on the 20th. Didnt even think about it over the weekend. Decided to check the tracking late Monday (24th) and its not even in the UPS system. I know with the holidays things are slow, but if they really notified ups it was ready to pickup on Thursday, hard to believe I cant track it.
UPS did not even post proper tracking but my order showed up in 3 days. I am more then pleased with their service and speed. These things are heavy duty to boot!
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:56 PM   #193
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UPS did not even post proper tracking but my order showed up in 3 days. I am more then pleased with their service and speed. These things are heavy duty to boot!
yea not sure what happened to mine. Got the first notice on the 20th. UPS didnt actually pick up til the 26th. Supposed to be on the truck today though.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:03 AM   #194
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Here is my brew stand in the vertical (storage) position and in the brewing position (horizontal) with HLT MLT and kettle.


I still have to add shelves, a three way valve, and a heat shield for the boil kettle. This was a great project. Thanks to all who participated in this thread. Mark

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Old 12-29-2012, 01:42 AM   #195
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Here is my brew stand in the vertical (storage) position and in the brewing position (horizontal) with HLT MLT and kettle.

I still have to add shelves, a three way valve, and a heat shield for the boil kettle. This was a great project. Thanks to all who participated in this thread. Mark
That is awesome. Love the ability to tIp it on it's side. That will save some space. I was trying to come up with a way to make mine fold up. I never thought of this. What a great idea. I'm stealing it.
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No problem. You're going to love how sturdy the thing is when you're done. I started mounting my gas rail last night. They make a nice hose clamp that locks into the strut. You can then slide it to wherever you need it, and it clamps down super tight. I should have the burners mounted and plumbed after tonight. Then I'll just put a branch of strut off the side, mount the controller, wire up the pump, and should be good for the initial trial brew session.

Another helpful tidbit, the March 809 pump is about 3.3" in diameter. I got the 3" pipe clamp and it is just a bit too big to really clamp down and secure the pump in a vertical position. I'm going to swap it out for the 2.5" clamp and try that tonight.
Did the 2.5" clamp for the pumps work out better?
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Did the 2.5" clamp for the pumps work out better?
Actually no. Forgot to post back. The 2.5" clamp was too small, so I went back to the 3" and laid some thin rubber strips (used a blown bike tire) in between the pump and clamp and it worked like a charm. Seemed better to be tightening down on the rubber instead of metal to metal like it is with the clamp on the pump housing. The rubber took up the play and made it really snug up well.
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Actually no. Forgot to post back. The 2.5" clamp was too small, so I went back to the 3" and laid some thin rubber strips (used a blown bike tire) in between the pump and clamp and it worked like a charm. Seemed better to be tightening down on the rubber instead of metal to metal like it is with the clamp on the pump housing. The rubber took up the play and made it really snug up well.
You also have the added benefit of the rubber absorbing any vibrations from the pump motor. This, too, will help keep the pump nice and snug.

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Do you think the cushion ones would work better: http://www.strutchannelfittings.com/...BE-_p_218.html

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Just a heads up to everyone. This Sunday we are going to assemble and take pics of the process regarding the use of the unistrut. So if you have any questions let us know and we will try to answer during the construction day.

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