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Old 02-22-2009, 05:44 PM   #1
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What would you do with a keg with a tiny dent right around the lip? It wont seal (i filled it with water and shook, and water came out). where would you go to get it fixed (or should I just take a wrench and hope i can knock the dent out myself.

And if it cant be fixed... what do you do with a dented keg?


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Old 02-22-2009, 05:51 PM   #2
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I don't have experience straightening kegs, but I have done some sheet metal work. Do your best to straighten it with a wrench. Don't use a pliers or any other tool with a textured gripping surface that could leave marks. Then get a heavy and flat piece of steel and hold it on the back side as you tap with a hammer on the front side. If that doesn't work you have a neat flower pot.



 
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:54 PM   #3
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I don't have experience straightening kegs, but I have done some sheet metal work. Do your best to straighten it with a wrench. Don't use a pliers or any other tool with a textured gripping surface that could leave marks. Then get a heavy and flat piece of steel and hold it on the back side as you tap with a hammer on the front side. If that doesn't work you have a neat flower pot.
+1, Also lots of keg lube on the o-ring AND on the inside of the lip will help to seal it if you can get most of the dent out.

 
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:06 PM   #4
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I don't have experience straightening kegs, but I have done some sheet metal work. Do your best to straighten it with a wrench. Don't use a pliers or any other tool with a textured gripping surface that could leave marks. Then get a heavy and flat piece of steel and hold it on the back side as you tap with a hammer on the front side. If that doesn't work you have a neat flower pot.
interesting.... sounds like an interesting Sunday project! (was about to get pliers )
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interesting.... sounds like an interesting Sunday project! (was about to get pliers )
You could use pliers because that metal is easy to bend, but I would put an old washrag around the lip.

 
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:31 PM   #6
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+1 on straightening it some- Main other thing (other then keg lube as posted) is pressurize it with about 30 PSI- corny kegs are designed for pressure, and without about 30 PSI (and then vent if desired) they won't seal correctly. Hope this helps!
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:58 AM   #7
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A good idea when trying to straiten a dent in metal is to use a block of wood, if room permits. If the dent is away from the lip some, you might try a c-clamp right on the dent.

I have one with a pretty serious dent where the keg lid locks, almost as if something fell on it and pressed the linkage into the lid. I worked it enough to get it to seal, once, but the next time I messed with it I couldn't get it to seal to savce my life

As for what to do with a keg that has a dented lid and won't seal, no matter what.....I store starsan in mine.

 
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:19 AM   #8
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I have had luck treating it like a truck tire with a bead leak. Lube the seal and install the lid, pressurize it and leave the air connected. Tap the leaking area with a hammer until the leak stops. I used an air compressor with a gas in fitting on the hose dialed down to 30PSI. CO2 is to expensive to waste on fixing a leak.
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You could use pliers because that metal is easy to bend, but I would put an old washrag around the lip.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:39 PM   #10
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What would you do with a keg with a tiny dent right around the lip? It wont seal (i filled it with water and shook, and water came out). where would you go to get it fixed (or should I just take a wrench and hope i can knock the dent out myself.

And if it cant be fixed... what do you do with a dented keg?
have you actually pressure tested the Keg? Some of mine are a little banged up but they seal when I hit them with Gas. I would try some keg lube on the o ring and apply the pressure. One of mine wont seal till it hits about 30 psi then I can back it down.


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