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Old 04-02-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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I have your standard march pump 1/25 HP, i was pumping fittings onto the inlet and outlet, put to much pressure on the outlet threads and snapped the whole threaded portion right off. I was soo pissed when this happened. I am out a pump and a fitting because what snapped off the pump is now in the fitting.

Has this happened to anyone? What did you do? I wonder if they made a food grade epoxy or glue that i can use. What i really want to know is if they sell just the face of the pumphead that is removeable. Does anyone know this? I dont want to wait until monday to find out. If i know they sell replacement parts i can enjoy the rest of my weekend.

On NPT fittings, can anyone give me advice on fitting them? How tight do they really need to be? If i would have known this maybe it wouldn't have now happened.


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Old 04-02-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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http://morebeer.com/view_product/173..._-_Replacement


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Old 04-02-2011, 10:21 PM   #3
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they sell replacement heads...
http://morebeer.com/view_product/173..._-_Replacement


Also, you should be able to get the plastic out of the fitting.. I have a pipe nipple remover meant for removing broken sprinkler head nipples, that's what I'd use.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:23 PM   #4
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like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Orbit-Sprinkle.../dp/B000I1RQZ8

course, I don't know how much your fitting cost - might be a wash to buy this tool in order to not replace a $5 fitting.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:39 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, yeah, it would be cheaper to buy another fitting.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:49 PM   #6
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I dropped mine and broke it. I temporarily attached a fitting using JB weld, but ended up buying a Chugger head to replace it. I would look into that instead of another plastic head.

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find a screwdriver that fits in the broken nipple a little, them heat the end of the screwdriver till its red hot, push in the broken nipple till it sinks to the widest part of the screwdriver blade and let it cool.
after it cools gently heat the stainless fitting put it a Mr vise, or hold it with whatever you have and give the screwdriver a twist
or if you are going to throw it ,,, throw it my way, I'll pay postage
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I broke mine over tightening it too. I used medium viscosity CA glue and it's held withtwo brews on it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #9
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I used these on my pump:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=11184

and they also have these:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=12500
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I ended up JB welding it on. My concern is the the JB weld will produce off flavors. I have a email into JB weld to see if this is the case. I will let you know what they say.

I also talked to chugger pump and I there heads are now 50 bucks a piece.


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