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Old 09-19-2009, 02:46 AM   #1
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Jan 2008
Gainesville, Virginia
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I just got some ball valves from buyfittingsonline.com and they are really really tight to turn. So tight I am afraid that if I try and use them on my kettle it will cause problems with my weldless fitting.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might be done to loosen them?

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Old 09-19-2009, 04:26 AM   #2
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Once they heat up they will probably be a lot more loose. Try heating up your kettle with water and see how it works with a test drive boil.

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Old 09-19-2009, 06:04 AM   #3
Aug 2008
Portland OR
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I had the same problem. Took them apart and put a very small amount of keg lube and worked them back and forth. They loosened up a bit and after using them with heat they were fine. In my case the most expensive ones I bought were the hardest to turn.

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