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Old 10-02-2012, 01:15 PM   #1021
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:42 PM   #1022
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Important tip, people:

If you build a keg tool. Be sure you tighten the NUT SIDE, not the bolt side.... I'm sure somewhere in the 26 pages of this thread, this was mentioned and I missed it but I'm posting anyway. If you tighten the bolt, the threads will get destroyed and you will find yourself inventing new ways of leveraging torque to pull it back out again. Then, you'll have to order a new bolt/nut and wait for shipping, to try again.

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Edit: speaking of...if anyone knows a good place to buy a 9/16 bolt and nut please pm me (no, hd and lowes dont have that size)

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Old 10-12-2012, 03:59 AM   #1023
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Fastenal nearby?

Maybe use the Schwartz?

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #1024
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You could try ace hardware, true value, or tractor supply. If the threads stripped out you are really stressing th bolt, maybe the fit is too tight. Also try and get a grade 8 bolt or grade 5 at least and put some grease on the threads.

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Old 10-12-2012, 04:58 PM   #1025
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Thanks for the suggestions on where I can buy a replacement locally.

The real problem is that I was turning the bolt, so the threads got messed up by grating against the washers. The torque was to get the nut back off so I didnt have an unuseable keg. All good now--just wanted to warn others to turn the nut side.

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:08 PM   #1026
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My suggestion is to use grade 8 bolt and nut and STILL put some lube on those threads!

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:35 PM   #1027
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I baught my bolts at ace and I actually baught the bolt called for here and the next shorter size. I find it easier to press the coupler in with the long one and make the demple with the shorter one due to threads on the bolt being shorter than the ones people order. It works pretty good.

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Old 10-13-2012, 05:48 PM   #1028
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I just soldered my last coupling into place.... a half-coupling for my temp probe. Unfortunately, I didn't test-fit it so I didn't realize that only one side works. With a 50/50 chance of getting it right, I soldered it in backwards.

What do I do now?

Toying with a few ideas, including using my step-bit to drill out the inner edge of the coupler from the outside, hoping that I can get the probe threads to line up (and that the act of drilling will not torque my solder too much). Also considering blasting it with the torch and then banging it with a hammer until it comes loose, sanding it all down, and re-soldering it in place. A last idea is screwing a stainless steel plug into the coupler from the inside and making a new hole for the temp probe, but then I'm going to be short a coupler. Help!

Arrgghh.. Why don't you guys live next door to me to help protect me from myself!??!

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Old 10-13-2012, 08:50 PM   #1029
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I just soldered my last coupling into place.... a half-coupling for my temp probe. Unfortunately, I didn't test-fit it so I didn't realize that only one side works. With a 50/50 chance of getting it right, I soldered it in backwards.

What do I do now?

Toying with a few ideas, including using my step-bit to drill out the inner edge of the coupler from the outside, hoping that I can get the probe threads to line up (and that the act of drilling will not torque my solder too much). Also considering blasting it with the torch and then banging it with a hammer until it comes loose, sanding it all down, and re-soldering it in place. A last idea is screwing a stainless steel plug into the coupler from the inside and making a new hole for the temp probe, but then I'm going to be short a coupler. Help!

Arrgghh.. Why don't you guys live next door to me to help protect me from myself!??!
Torch it, smack it, clean it up & start over. RDW
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:40 PM   #1030
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torched it
smacked it (about 35 times)
cleaned it up
pulled it back in place
TESTED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS NOT BACKWARDS
soldered!

Thanks Starman!

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