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Old 02-22-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default Oops... one inch hole for weldless fitting

I screwed up and drilled one inch hole on a keggle for the weldless fitting instead of the 7/8. I managed to use the right one for all three of mine, but the first time I drill the hole for someone else, wrong size. Crud. I didn't even realize I had a 1" hole saw.

The set up still seems to work and I'm not getting any leaking out of the wall joint and it seem pretty solid. The only think that irks me a little is that the o-rings seem to be creeping out a lot more than mine do.

Anyway, I'd really like to plud the hole and give this guy a proper bulkhead/spout. Has anyone tried to plug one of these before? I was thinking a couple of stainless washers bolted together with some silicone material might do the trick, but I thought I'd see if anyone else had any experience.

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Old 02-22-2010, 06:45 PM   #2
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I would just get some stainless washers for either side of the hole and use a nice silicone flat washer behind them instead of orings.


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Old 02-22-2010, 07:20 PM   #3
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Not sure where I'll get hi-temp silicone washers, but I was thinking of trying to find some silicone bakeware on sale. It may not look great, but it'll work.

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that will work. use a sharp pair of scissors and you can get a decent looking washer.

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Have you tried McMaster Carr?
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Bargain Fittings has them, too.
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I'm curious, what type of hole saw did you use?
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If you get a sheet of this you'll have plenty of gasket material:

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It's a lenox bi-metal. Standard issue at Lowes/HD. I had actually used a 3/4 bit for my earlier kegs, and dremeled out the hole until the nipple fit perfectly. Worked great.

I only wish I would have remembered that I bought a 1" for a different use. That's what you get for assuming, I guess.
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I wouldn't have thought a bi metal hole saw would make it through stainless steel. Hmmm.


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