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Old 03-16-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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I need help. Im beyond frustrated with my setup. Chugger pump toldme to get rid of my quick disconnects and get camlocks so i will do that. Where is a good place for my pump. On my set up the inlet is on the left and out on right. Is this a bad spot? Im just getting terribke flow, it trickles out unless im wrong and thats how its suppose to work

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:20 PM   #2
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Heres my setup from a far

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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why not take the pump and mount it to the side of that middle vertical post, remove the ss head and turn it so the inlet is at the bottom and the outlet if pointing straight up.

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:42 PM   #4
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What is the inside diameter of the QD's? IMO, it is best to use nothing less than 1/2" ID anywhere in the pump circuit. This includes any fittings and pickup tubes. Often the ID of a barb fitting will be substantially smaller than the nominal tubing size. This can make a huge difference in performance. It is also beneficial to keep the hoses as short as conveniently possible in order to minimize frictional losses. Many pickup tubes I've seen are only 3/8" OD and something like 1/4" ID. The cross sectional area of 1/2" tubing is about four times more than the cross sectional area of 1/4" tubing.

You can do a simple test and time how long it takes to fill a 5 gallon bucket. IIRC, your pump should be able to move something like 8 gpm under ideal conditions and near zero head. You can get that info from the pump specs. You should be able to pump at least 6 or 7 gpm for your test I would think.

 
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:43 PM   #5
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why not take the pump and mount it to the side of that middle vertical post, remove the ss head and turn it so the inlet is at the bottom and the outlet if pointing straight up.

-=Jason=-
I doubt very much that this is the reason for the feeble flow rates. So long as the pump is getting properly primed, the orientation of the inlet/outlets will make little difference IME.

 
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:44 PM   #6
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why not take the pump and mount it to the side of that middle vertical post, remove the ss head and turn it so the inlet is at the bottom and the outlet if pointing straight up.

-=Jason=-
I cant rotate the ss head the screws wont mount up. Will this work?

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:44 PM   #7
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What is the inside diameter of the QD's? IMO, it is best to use nothing less than 1/2" ID anywhere in the pump circuit. This includes any fittings and pickup tubes. Often the ID of a barb fitting will be substantially smaller than the nominal tubing size. This can make a huge difference in performance. It is also beneficial to keep the hoses as short as conveniently possible in order to minimize frictional losses. Many pickup tubes I've seen are only 3/8" OD and something like 1/4" ID. The cross sectional area of 1/2" tubing is about four times more than the cross sectional area of 1/4" tubing.

You can do a simple test and time how long it takes to fill a 5 gallon bucket. IIRC, your pump should be able to move something like 8 gpm under ideal conditions and near zero head. You can get that info from the pump specs. You should be able to pump at least 6 or 7 gpm for your test I would think.
My tubes are 1/2 id and 3/4 od. All 1/2 fittings

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:47 PM   #8
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I take that back for the fittings they are definitely not 1/2 outlet. The pipe thread is but i cant remember what the actual qd size is.

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:48 PM   #9
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My tubes are 1/2 id and 3/4 od. All 1/2 fittings

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What is the actual ID of the fittings? Normally, 1/2" fittings do not have a full 1/2" inside diameter. That was kinda my main point. IOW, what is the ID of the actual barb, not the nominal size of the fitting. How about the pickup tubes in the converted kegs? Are they a full 1/2" ID. The actual ID is what counts, not the nominal fitting size. There's a big difference.

 
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:52 PM   #10
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I take that back for the fittings they are definitely not 1/2 outlet. The pipe thread is but i cant remember what the actual qd size is.

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That is likely your problem right there. Run the timed test as I suggested. It only takes a few minutes and it will reveal a lot.

 
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