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Old 07-12-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default Want to make a MLT but no 3/8" Threaded Ball Valve

I went to home depot today to get the stuff to make a MLT using the specifications from FlyGuy...however they didnt have a 3/8" threaded ball valve...only 1/4" and 1/2"....


So i was wondering if there was a good way to convert or make an adaptor to either one of those sizes....

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Old 07-12-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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You can get a 1/2 pipe thread to 3/8 compression adapter. The 3/8 section runs through the kettle and a section of copper tubing for a pick-up tube is attached using a slip/compression sleeve and nut.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:23 PM   #3
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so....in lay man's terms, get a 3/8" to 1/2" adaptor to fit on the 1/2" threaded ball valve? will that affect the output flow?
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:27 PM   #4
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I used a 1/2" ball valve, some O-rings, and 7/8" SS washers.
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:28 PM   #5
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I had the same problem so went to Lowes where they had them.
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:39 PM   #6
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I had the same problem so went to Lowes where they had them.
+1. To make mine I had to go to Home Depot, Lowes, True Value Hardware and Fastenal in order to get all the parts. In hindsight I wish I just purchased a pre-assembled kit from somewhere like bargain fittings. I ended up spending about $30 on the hardware - $6.30 of that was on the x4 5/8" washers from Fastenal.

Also, remember to go to Lowes for the steel braid. Home Depot doesn't sell stainless steel. I think it was some other kind of metal which includes zinc.
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I've about had it with HD. I was originally pissed at Lowe's for buying out Eagle's (which I loved), but now I'm finding Lowe's has a much better brass selection and consistently lower prices than HD.


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