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Old 11-15-2011, 02:19 PM   #511
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Someone PMed me the same Q. March pumps aren't uber fast but they are brain-dead simple and reliable (as you'll see when you eventually open up the pump head). These things are used for 7x24 operation in solar heating systems. If it's flowing, it's working.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:04 AM   #512
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Can anyone provide a more complete parts list? I really want to build this, but I am unsure as to whether the nipples are 3/8x1/2 or 3/8x1/4?? Same story on the barbs, tees, etc.

 
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:26 AM   #513
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Can anyone provide a more complete parts list? I really want to build this, but I am unsure as to whether the nipples are 3/8x1/2 or 3/8x1/4?? Same story on the barbs, tees, etc.
Here: Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Countertop Brutus 20 Parts List

Or Here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/coun...1/#post1476709

I used these and all was good with them...the best thing to do is to print out all the pictures buried within this thread, and the mentally go down the list notating what goes where...Had my first brew day with this rig this past weekend and things went good!

Cheers!
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:35 AM   #514
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Jeff can chime in but I believe he made a lot of his connections based on what he had lying around. After building this system I would suggest making everything 1/2 inch tubing and connections. The march pump is 1/2 inch and it would just make everything easier to connect and purchase. You can throttle it all with the valves in this system easily.

 
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:45 PM   #515
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HarkinBanks is right. I had lots of 3/8 bits about in junk bins. The only 1/2 stuff in mine is from the kettle to the pump input.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:58 AM   #516
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HarkinBanks is right. I had lots of 3/8 bits about in junk bins. The only 1/2 stuff in mine is from the kettle to the pump input.
Where you connected your silicone tubing to your cfc, did you clamp the tubing down on top of the 3/8s copper or is it clamped onto a 1/2 in coupling?

 
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:04 PM   #517
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Where you connected your silicone tubing to your cfc, did you clamp the tubing down on top of the 3/8s copper or is it clamped onto a 1/2 in coupling?
Output of pump has a 1/2 female to 3/8 barb. From there it's 3/8 silicone tubing to the 3/8 copper.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:17 AM   #518
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Output of pump has a 1/2 female to 3/8 barb. From there it's 3/8 silicone tubing to the 3/8 copper.
Thanks! I am in the process of cloning your setup. Finished the cfc, moving on to installing the bulkhead and element to the kettle.... All I need is to break down and buy the pump!

 
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:08 AM   #519
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Jkarp, do you have a washer on the exterior of your kettle where your bulkhead goes through or does the washer just go on the inside since the nut has a groove cut out for the washer?

Also, can you describe a bit more in detail at how you installed your hot water heater element?

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Old 12-11-2011, 01:24 PM   #520
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I followed Bargain Fittings's directions for bulkhead assembly (no exterior washers).

On the water heater element, I simply used it as it comes (black rubber washer installed), and on the inside used the 1" o-ring and locknut kit.
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