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Old 04-20-2009, 04:37 PM   #1
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A while back I bought the zymico thermothingy for adding a thermometer through the wall of my cooler:

Thermothingy™ kits for thermometers.

Anyway, I just got around to installing it. It involves drilling a 3/8" hole. Seems easy enough. Except, I did not drill it straight - it went through at an angle.

Needless to say, no amount of tightening of this thing seems to be helping in making it leak free. This really, really sucks.

Is there some sort of food grade silicon that I can fill the hole with now to salvage my $40 cooler? Or should I just ditch it and buy a new one. Really not sure how it would even hold up to filling with silicon, since the wall itself is not solid.

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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You don't want to tighten too much, even if the hole was straight...that will make it leak also. There is food grade silicon. I wouldn't just silicon the whole hole. I would install the thermothingy, then silicon around it so it doesn't leak. That should work. If not, start over.

 
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:57 PM   #3
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They had food grade silicone at the hardware store...DAP makes it...Very small 1 oz tube for $5...
I think you couuld lube the o rings with it and install the thermodingy...Clean excess and you are golden...
I just fixed a rubber stopper leak in a pipe fitting with it...

 
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:14 PM   #4
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I really don't like the way that thing works. When you tighten the fittings you will always be fighting the compression of the insulation between the walls of the cooler.
If it was me, I would open up the hole in the outside wall, and change the fittings so you are only sealing against the inside wall.
Hope it helps.
Good luck
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:45 PM   #5
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I really don't like the way that thing works. When you tighten the fittings you will always be fighting the compression of the insulation between the walls of the cooler.
If it was me, I would open up the hole in the outside wall, and change the fittings so you are only sealing against the inside wall.
Hope it helps.
Good luck
-David
Well the other problem is that it is very very tough to tighten - the end piece on the inside is very hard to grip with pliers. For some reason the inside of that end piece is female threaded - not sure what that is intended for.

 
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:47 PM   #6
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I would look into bigger washers & o-rings. There are a lot of o-rings Size Cross Reference and washer combos.

 
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:50 PM   #7
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That sucks... could open the hole up and do this instead. It never has leaked.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/10-t...ics-too-24946/

 
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:07 PM   #8
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That sucks... could open the hole up and do this instead. It never has leaked.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/10-t...ics-too-24946/
This is what I would do in this situation as well. I just did this (planned from the start) last week. Used it this week and it works fantastic. I was worried about knocking it out when stirring with the mash paddle, but that held up to my ham fisted panicking stirring during a mini stuck sparge. I highly recommend it.

Thanks to The Pol for sharing this with all.

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Old 04-20-2009, 07:52 PM   #9
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This is what I would do in this situation as well. I just did this (planned from the start) last week. Used it this week and it works fantastic. I was worried about knocking it out when stirring with the mash paddle, but that held up to my ham fisted panicking stirring during a mini stuck sparge. I highly recommend it.

Thanks to The Pol for sharing this with all.

Cheers,
That looks like it should work. Cool.

 
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:38 PM   #10
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That looks like it should work. Cool.
Happy to help... good luck with the build.

 
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