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Old 04-22-2009, 01:23 AM   #731
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Yes it was the 10G rubbermaid. I'm always around 170. The first time I used it it was popping and cracking it scared the crap out of me but nothing was actually cracked. This weekend no sounds but it cracked.

BTW I called rubbermaid about it and it was a complete waste of my time. ( I told them I was cleaning it with hot water and it cracked) I'm still waiting for someone who can explain how a material with a working temperature of 212-220 can crack at 120. I called Home Hardware and told them the same thing and they told me to bring it back and they would give me a new one. They have a one year over the counter replacement warranty the store manager took one look at it and declared it a manufacturing defect.

I hope I have better luck with the new one. I'm thinking I might perheat it to about 120 just to reduce the shock on it.


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Old 04-22-2009, 03:32 PM   #732
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The cracking noise is the insulation "breaking". It happened to mine and now I have a small ripple in the interior lining. No harm done. Still works like a charm.


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Old 04-23-2009, 11:29 PM   #733
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OK i finally went and got the parts and put em together, only thing im missing is not only the stainless steel 5/8" fender washer but ANY 5/8" fender washer... they somehow dont exist at Lowes or a local hardware store. I ordered off fastenal as was proposed in the start of the thread. I had them ship to a local fastenal store, I hope it doesnt take a month. I called that store and the numbers disconnected... pain in the balls. Anyone order from fastenal?
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:54 AM   #734
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I picked up a pack of 10 at my local Fastenal... the other 9 are great for weighing down hop and grain bags .
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:25 AM   #735
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Yeah looks like ill actually get them then.
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:05 AM   #736
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just completed my build tonite with a gatorade cooler

as far as 5/8" ss washers- i found them in a $3.78 pack with a some nuts and bolts. didnt find them indivudually... but i will use the other ones for the spigot i plan to put on my kettle. the MLT has been full of 10g water for 30 min without leaking a drop. i maybe would have put 2 5/8" o rings around the outside spigot fitting, but like i said, its not leaking a drop so it must be fine...

thanks for an awesome tutorial.. because of this post- i will be doing my first AG batch on 5/2 and am probably done with extract and partial mash FOREVER..

thanks FlyGuy
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Are you going to do one of the AHA brews for the National Brew Day?

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as far as 5/8" ss washers- i found them in a $3.78 pack with a some nuts and bolts. didnt find them indivudually...
Was it "build a bolt" or something like that? I read it on here before, couldnt find them. What was your package called and where did u buy it?
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Whew, just read all 74 pages. Going to pick up the parts on the way home from work.

Update: Picked up all the parts, went with 1\2" inch fittings and what not. Picked up the 10g Rubbermaid at Home Despot for $37, and a 48", 1/2" braided SS hose for $8. Already assembled and being leak tested.

On thing I found was that Lowes was selling 1-1/8od X 23/32ID rubber grommets that fit into the hole left when you remove the spigot and seal, the 1/2” MIP x 1-1/2” fits tightly into this and appeared to make a great seal, before adding the washers. Lowes also had packs of 2 5/8" washers, I ended up getting the 3/4" due to the 1/2" fittings.
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Was it "build a bolt" or something like that? I read it on here before, couldnt find them. What was your package called and where did u buy it?
yeah, i just got back from Home Depot with my parts tonight and purchased the same "Build a Bolt" kit to get the 5/8" SS Washer:

Crown Bolt Inc. "Create-A-Bolt" part # 00692
Bar Code: 0 30699 00692 2
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