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Old 01-28-2011, 10:37 PM   #1
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I have an older rectangular Igloo "marine cooler" that I just pulled the drain spout off of. I measured it, and it's about 3/4" in diamater, if not slightly larger. I've looked through the DIY MLT threads, and a lot of people are using 1/2" fittings. Are the Rubbermaid coolers' drain spouts smaller? What gives?

I don't want to have to make a million trips to Home Depot, so I'm trying to get this right on the first shot. What size nipple and ball valve will I need for a 3/4" diameter hole? Logic tells me I need to fill the hole with something that is 3/4" of an inch, but that's pretty good sized, isn't it? I know next to nothing about plumbing, but I am fairly handy. I'm just about to head out to HD, thanks for any help!

 
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
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Bring the cooler with you, i'm sure the home depot guys would be psyched to help.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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Keep in mind that on a 1/2" fitting that's the INTERNAL diameter. I don't know the exact thickness, but a pipe nipple is probably going to be something like 5/8-3/4" on the outside.

 
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:09 AM   #4
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+1 to both posters.

 
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:30 AM   #5
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1/2" npt is .83" od
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:10 AM   #6
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Man what an adventure. Long story short, it's a 1/2" ID nipple that "fits" and I use that term loosely because loosely is exactly how it fits (3/4" was obviously slightly too large). I mean its not terrible, but it's not as snug as I had wanted either. The good news is that the braided steel part was a breeze, but I need to go back for a couple more washers in order to snug everything up. I didn't bother with reducers or any of that nonsense. Brass is getting expensive, so everything is just 1/2" straight through. I saw some people saying they step down to 3/8" ID barbs, but honestly that would have been too small for the 20" braided steel toilet hose I got.

Anyways, thanks a lot for the help everyone. Had I not taken my cooler with me, I would have had to make two trips! I might do a DIY, but there are a lot of good ones on here already.

 
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:42 PM   #7
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Glad it worked out for you. Happy brewing!

 
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