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Old 08-26-2011, 07:27 PM   #11
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That is a great guide. I've been using a deburring tool to clean the holes, but the round stone is a good idea. I'll do that next time.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:30 PM   #12
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Its really easy, even is stainless. Just buy one of those step drills, punch a spot where you want to drill using a hammer and something hard, and drill away. You can't go wrong, if your using a 1/8-7/8 step drill just stop short of where you think you want to drill to make sure your not wallowing out the hole.

A note- if you are going to do this, and your pot has handles, make sure you are drilling the hole where you really want it. I drilled my drain hole offset about 45 degrees from in between the handles, and then put my temp guage directly in between the handles, so I could put the guage lower in the pot without crowding it.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:30 PM   #13
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And I'd like to see my 1.080 beers ready from grain to glass in a week, and served to me by red-headed twin penthouse pets wearing garter belts and fishnet stockings, with Irish accents, calling me "master luv gun," but we can't always get what we want can we? :)

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:38 PM   #14
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It's not that hard. Measure twice, drill once. Start with a pilot hole. For stainless steel, slow RPMs plus steady pressure on the drill and lots of cutting oil. Have the kettle securely braced or someone else holding it so you can keep both hands on the drill (it may try to twist sideways when you break through). If the oil starts to smoke, stop drilling and let the bit cool. When you start getting close to the desired hole size, test fit after each step bit breakthrough, to make sure you don't drill too big.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:44 PM   #15
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Oh, and be sure to position the hole high enough that you can get any washers, nuts, etc. on the inside of the kettle onto the flat part, not on the curve at the bottom.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:39 PM   #16
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you're putting off beer by waiting.

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:43 PM   #17
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Just think back to when you were 34 and lost your virginity. A hole is just a hole!!.....Bloody procrastinators!

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Old 08-26-2011, 09:27 PM   #18
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Just think back to when you were 34 and lost your virginity. A hole is just a hole!!.....Bloody procrastinators!
Yeah but if you choose the wrong one then the bulkhead just flops around in there

 
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:01 PM   #19
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Yeah but if you choose the wrong one then the bulkhead just flops around in there
I don't know man... When I get inside either hole, there's very little "flopping" going on with my bulkhead. ;-)
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:11 PM   #20
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I don't know man... When I get inside any hole, there's very little "flopping" going on with my bulkhead. ;-)
That only proves that you are pleased with ANY hole! There are some holes out there that can cause a touch of the floppy bulkheads. Trust me.

 
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