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Old 09-17-2010, 04:13 PM   #11
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Would this work, or would it not be deep enough?
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I use the flat version. It takes up less space in the drawer.

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Old 09-17-2010, 05:07 PM   #12
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Open /box combination end wrenches work for me. I use cheap ones I found at garage sales or flea markets, I don't remember where. I think they are stamped India, which means they were made back before China cornered the market on imitation tools.


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Old 09-17-2010, 05:27 PM   #13
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While we're on the topic of removing the posts...correct me if I'm wrong, but the gas in is differentiated from the liquid out by some form of grooves or notches on the post? Where are those grooves. I see some on the corners of the post...but not sure if those are the marking, or just some grooves done by the previous owner who was trying to take the post off with an inappropriate tool?

Besides the posts, the poppets and o-rings are identical..correct?
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:33 PM   #14
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I'm having some major issues with the fittings on both my ball-lock kegs that I just received from kegconnection.com. I was hoping I could see if anyone could help out with what's going on. After the advice of this thread, I just bought a 7/8" 12 point deep socket wrench to remove the post. On one of the two kegs I have, it has the star shape fitting seen below in red. I was able to loosen and then unscrew this one with the wrench. The other side of the keg (beer out) looks as if the wrench will fit on it, but I cannot for the life of me get it unscrewed. I've tried it with a buddy together, and this little bastard will not unscrew. This may be a dumb question, but shouldn't the same socket wrench unscrew both the in and the out part of the keg? Can anyone help me out with this situation to ensure that I am using the correct tool to unscrew this? The pictures below show the socket wrench I'm using as well as the gas in post that I'm able to unscrew (red) and the beer out (black) that I cannot unscrew.

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Old 06-17-2012, 07:06 PM   #15
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Yep, they should both be the same size.

Is it just too tight? If that's the case, you may need to "force" it.

I've had some that were tighter than a mofo the first time and had to use a hammer to whack the wrench to get 'em loose. I make sure when I put them back on not to get too carried away with over-tightening.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:10 PM   #16
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While we're on the topic of removing the posts...correct me if I'm wrong, but the gas in is differentiated from the liquid out by some form of grooves or notches on the post? Where are those grooves. I see some on the corners of the post...but not sure if those are the marking, or just some grooves done by the previous owner who was trying to take the post off with an inappropriate tool?
If you look at these two pictures (from kegconnection.com) you can see the notches on the gas posts on the left.





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Besides the posts, the poppets and o-rings are identical..correct?
For ball locks, yes, the O-rings are the same size. Not sure about pin locks as I've never used them, but at the least it seems that they are not the same size as used on ball lock posts...

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[...]Can anyone help me out with this situation to ensure that I am using the correct tool to unscrew this?[...]
A 12-point 7/8" socket or box wrench is the correct tool, so you're good there. You just ran into a post that some knucklehead torqued the cr@p out of. The suggestion to whack the end of your wrench is a good one and your best bet.

If you don't have a extra pair of hands available, lay the keg down and sit on it, grip it with your thighs, rotate it to give you the best shot at the wrench handle, and give the wrench a good smack. You'll get it loose eventually

Cheers - and good luck!
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And when using a hammer as a "helper", the dead-blow type works pretty well.
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Thank you all for the replies. It did turn out that whoever tightened the one post, went a little out of control. I poured near boiling water on it, and then used some more force and this finally did the trick.
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Definitely recommend the Craftsman ratcheting wrenches. I used a deep socket and still had trouble removing some posts (meaning some corny keg types)...it's like the socket doesn't sit well on the posts of some kegs. My craftsman wrench works on everything and it's easier to use IMO...plus, it's dedicated for cornies so I can keep it close to my kegs and leave the socket set in its case. One is offset and the other is not...choose one:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-11-16...65000P?prdNo=1
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-11-16...65000P?prdNo=2


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