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Old 03-17-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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So I'm working on having my keezer in the basement crawl space (about 4-4.5' high) and the lines running up into my dining room liquor cabinet. As I plan this out and start buying supplies, I'm realizing that with a collar on the keezer, I won't be able to open the lid much at all. It's going to be tight as it is just getting the cornies in there.

Does anybody have any ideas on how I can make accessing the inside of the keezer easier?

The current plan is to just leave the hinges off and make sure that when I put the lid back on that it lines up on the collar correctly.

Also, I wish I could say that I had a big budget for this, but the reality of it is that any solution will involve a lot of cheap DIY rigging...

Thanks in advance for any insight you might have!



 
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:23 PM   #2
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Well, it sounds like you already know what you want. I would leave the hinges off and install some tight-fitting latches on the sides...That way, when you center it, you have more to fall back on besides gravity...Sounds like a cool setup...LET'S SEE SOME PICS!!!!!



 
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:25 PM   #3
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Use a small dorm type fridge instead of a chest freezer. Then you can just swing the door open. If you need extra space you can go to 2 of them or build a collar on it.

 
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:32 PM   #4
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- Make a trap door in the floor just above it, large enough that you can easily open the lid?

- Mount the lid using some drawer slides so it will slide away instead of lift?

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Old 03-17-2010, 07:34 PM   #5
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I would think dorm fridge too..
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:07 AM   #6
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Dorm fridge is out (money issue)
Trap door/digging is out (flooding issue)
I like the drawer slide idea, might look into that
I'll definitely use the latch idea to secure it down, I've got a ton of velcro sitting around here

I'll definitely post pictures once I get this underway. I have limited time over the next few weeks and some major projects to finish up before I can tackle this one so I wouldn't expect them until at least the middle of April...

Thanks for all of the replies so far!

 
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:45 AM   #7
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I like the drawer slide idea, might look into that
"Van door" type sliders would probably be good, up then back style of sliding. Hopefully you can understand what I saying. Don't know if you could buy something of the shelf or you would have to fabricate something.


 
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:49 AM   #8
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Do you need the collar to get the cornies to fit? I assume so, but sometimes people only have collars if they're putting cornies on the hump, or for the tap. If you don't actually need the collar, the 6 inches could save the day.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:41 PM   #9
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You could try disconnects on the outside of the keezer with some small casters and slide it out when you want to change and back in for use

 
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:45 PM   #10
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Maybe not practical in your situation, but how would a trap door above the keezer be susceptible to flooding?



 
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