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Old 04-01-2013, 02:20 AM   #1201
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Couple of questions before I get started...

1. Will most any lead free silver solder work with Stay Clean flux?

2. For a 2" ferrule (for an element) is it best to dimple out or in?

3. Will this work for the dimple tool? http://www.amazon.com/Buttweld-Conce...entric+reducer

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:14 PM   #1202
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I got this one and it worked so far for my 2" hole. I also plan on using it for my 1.5" hole.

I got these two female couplers. When they arrived I thought I could have just used the first socket weld one but it wouldn't let me pull the reducer through enough. Glad I got the 2" coupler.

I dimpled out - but I am wondering how to solder it up tonight because I want to coil it around the T-C fitting on the inside, to fill the dimple. Will I have to heat it from the inside or can I heat the fitting from outside the keg (underneath) and and let the solder flow that way???

I wish I would have seen that fitting. I wanted one like that. It should work, I think those are inside measurements and OD should be around 2.375 based on this site, but hopefully someone else can chime in.

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Old 04-04-2013, 12:05 AM   #1203
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I dimpled out - but I am wondering how to solder it up tonight because I want to coil it around the T-C fitting on the inside, to fill the dimple. Will I have to heat it from the inside or can I heat the fitting from outside the keg (underneath) and and let the solder flow that way???

I wish I would have seen that fitting. I wanted one like that. It should work, I think those are inside measurements and OD should be around 2.375 based on this site, but hopefully someone else can chime in.
You never want to heat the side your applying solder, youll burn off all the flux and you'll have a hell of a time getting the solder to "stick". flux and solder the inside and then heat the other side, focusing most of your heat on the ferrule rather then the keg. Check out the video posted on here if your still not sure.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:24 AM   #1204
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Got it. Thanks.

Turned out pretty good. I'll do a leak test tonight.

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Has anyone soldered the coupler so that it sticks out into the vessel? What I mean is currently I use the weldless valves and this setup as most of you know has the coupler on the inside and the valve wedged again the exterior wall of the vessel. I have no issue with this the way it is now and all my fittings for the inside are already measured etc for this length. Does any one see any reason why I would not keep this configuration? Negatives?

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Old 04-06-2013, 03:20 PM   #1206
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Has anyone soldered the coupler so that it sticks out into the vessel? What I mean is currently I use the weldless valves and this setup as most of you know has the coupler on the inside and the valve wedged again the exterior wall of the vessel. I have no issue with this the way it is now and all my fittings for the inside are already measured etc for this length. Does any one see any reason why I would not keep this configuration? Negatives?
I have one like that on my kettle, works just fine.
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I have one like that on my kettle, works just fine.
Yeah, I kinda figured it was for cosmetic reasons, I can see for bottom draining etc why you would want it flush on the inside, but when you have a dip tube to pick up the wort it should not matter much.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:08 PM   #1208
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will this work for solder and flux? Silver solder no lead. I will be using it to solder a grounding screw inside an element housing.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...ductId=1290620

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Well I've been told regular paste flux won't cut it for soldering ss. I went with stay clean (harris products) and soldered my 1" nuts and valve easily

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Old 04-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #1210
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Yeah, I've tried that stuff before also and found that it didn't work. Save yourself the frustration and get the Harris stuff.

I got the kit from Airgas for $7.50 and it was enough to solder quite a few bulkheads in my kegs.

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