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collar_builder 10-14-2012 07:49 PM

Wood collar not sitting flush
Hello all, first post here.

I built a wood collar for my keezer project, but it does not sit flush. One corner is raised, and if I press it down the opposite corner raises up. If I apply pressure to both corners simultaneously with enough force, it will lay flush.

I purchased a 3 year warranty for my 13 cu. ft. freezer so I don't want to use liquid nails. I purchased clear silicone caulk to make the seal, and I do not know if that will hold it securely.

I have a simple 2x4 collar where the two smaller boards sit inside the two larger boards. I drilled pilot holes, I used wood screws, 2.5". The collar sits on the outer perimeter of the top of the freezer, it doesnt dip down inside the freezer or anything like that.

Has anyone encountered a similar problem and how did you fix it or how would you fix it? I am unsure how to proceed. I have considered removing the screws and filing off some of the end of the board since my tools are limited. I relied on home depot to make the cuts, the lengths are accurate so no problem there. Thanks.

Old_mil_guy 10-14-2012 08:12 PM

The 2x4's may curl or warp as they dry. You may be able to lay the collar on a flat floor and use weight to keep it flat for a while.

collar_builder 10-14-2012 08:33 PM

two ten pound weights on both raised sides is enough to hold it down. the wood has more flex than I thought. I think that if I let the silicone sealant cure for a week with a heavy weight on top it will begin to accept the new shape. If all else fails Ill spend another 5 dollars on 2x4's and another 5 on screws.

Hang Glider 10-15-2012 12:33 PM

if the boards weren't glued, loosen the screws and drill new holes, one corner at a time, with the weights keeping it flat - More than likely, unless the cuts were not square, the holes and screws are partially to blame

WhiteEagle1 10-15-2012 01:59 PM

I had the same problem. Glued it up real good and put a 45 pound barbell plate on each problem corner. Let it sit for a couple days. After it dried caulked the inside seam as well before installing the foam board....

collar_builder 10-19-2012 05:54 PM

It worked out.

This is in my room. Does anyone use co2 detectors? I dont want a leak to smother me or anything.

Spartan1979 10-19-2012 06:06 PM


Originally Posted by collar_builder (Post 4514241)
It worked out.

This is in my room. Does anyone use co2 detectors? I dont want a leak to smother me or anything.

It's CO detectors that one buys, not CO2.

collar_builder 10-19-2012 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by Spartan1979 (Post 4514279)
It's CO detectors that one buys, not CO2.

co2 detectors are sold, they are relatively much more expensive and intended for co2. I've not heard of anyone using them for kegging. co2 can pose a risk, I only wonder if the quantities my canister could release would be trivial or relevant and if anyone else has purchased a detector to that end.

collar_builder 10-19-2012 08:04 PM

also can kegs explode if they freeze? Im wondering what would happen if my johnson thermostat malfunctioned. trying to stay safe.

Bsquared 10-19-2012 08:32 PM

No kegs will not explode if they freeze They might split but if they did you probably did not want to be using that keg anymore anyways. I had a couple freeze a while back , and if they do, let them thaw till they are slushy and draw off all the liquor and you will have an Impreial of what ever was in the keg:D...At least thats what I did.

Also you will notice if your room is full of CO2, there is a distinct burning sensation in your nose when its exposed to CO2. It is the formation of carbonic acid in your nasal passages and your throat. CO is odorless and much more dangerous.

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