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Old 11-30-2012, 10:10 PM   #1051
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Thanks for all of the suggestions, pointers & tips throughout this thread!! I have soldered in some fittings on my brew kettle and it looks great!
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:02 AM   #1052
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Hey guys, how important is it to use stay-brite 8 vs just stay-brite solder? I ordered some stay-brite on eBay without realizing the difference. I think I read a post or two that said it worked well. I did get the stay clean liquid flux.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:10 AM   #1053
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Hey guys, how important is it to use stay-brite 8 vs just stay-brite solder? I ordered some stay-brite on eBay without realizing the difference. I think I read a post or two that said it worked well. I did get the stay clean liquid flux.
No problem at all. The Stay-Brite 8 just has a a greater liquid temperature range. Both of them can and will perform well and do the job.

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Old 12-03-2012, 02:18 AM   #1054
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No problem at all. The Stay-Brite 8 just has a greater liquid temperature range. Both of them can and will perform well and do the job.

P-J
Phew, I'm relieved. Thanks P-J!

Thanks to this thread and some other related ones I've got a dimple ready for an element coupling and I've decided to convert all my weldless to soldered.

I'm looking forward to it!

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:34 PM   #1055
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This thread has to be one of the most valuable on the forum. If you can learn to solder your own fittings, you can pretty much make your own custom system at the cost of the fittings. Too bad it won't work for vessels under pressure, etc. but then again, I wouldn't trust my own skills doing something like that anyway

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:21 PM   #1056
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I've never been happy with my aeration stone with its barb attached to a hose. I already have a nice SS racking cane and plenty of left over Stay Brite / Stay Clean, so I figured I'd try sticking some copper tubing on to the stone. The tubing ID fit right over the SS barb and to my good fortune the OD perfectly fit inside the ID in the stone.

I actually used a Harbor Freight soldering gun and not a torch on this one. I read in this forum (I think) of someone getting a gun to work. I was surprised it worked so well. I cleaned it up with some 600 grit sand paper and it turned out looking pretty good.

Now I can easily connect this thing using a push-connect fitting that I already had to my long SS racking cane and aerate away! Looking forward to using it next brew day. Check it out:
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:54 PM   #1057
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I got to practice for my first time on this today with a stainless washer and brass fitting. I discovered that a loop of 1/8" solder is probably a bit much, as did another member here. The joint was not super tight and the solder ran through it in one spot pretty bad but otherwise I'm surprised to find that it wasn't all that difficult after following in everyone's footsteps. Thanks for the great thread.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:25 AM   #1058
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Ok, I ran into a problem trying to get my coupling into my dimple for my element. I used the 1-1/4" hole I had, a 1x1-1/4" welding reducer and started with a 1" coupling I got on Amazon. I didn't check the sizes and the coupling is way too small for the hole I made. I then bought a coupler from McMaster-Carr and it's too big. Lesson learned and $'s spent.

I tried pulling it through and it bent a strong bracket I was using for a washer on the receiving end. It didn't go in at all and I was worried to try anymore. So, what are my best options?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:29 AM   #1059
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Can you make the dimple a little larger with your dimple tool? It looks REALLY close

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:32 AM   #1060
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Can you make the dimple a little larger with your dimple tool? It looks REALLY close
No, I pulled it all the way through. I hate to buy anything else, but I guess if I bought a larger reducer I could open it just a tad more. Darn!

 
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