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Old 03-29-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Weldless sightglass how to?

i looked but didnt finda thread on it. I'd like to make my own weldless site glass for my keggles.. anyone know of a how-to and parts list? id like to buy everything at Home Depot or Lowes if i can.
If i HAVE to buy them , i'd buy from Bobby M because ive heard nothing but good things. but id rather make them myself if possible, because thats just more fun to me.

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Old 03-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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i looked but didnt finda thread on it. I'd like to make my own weldless site glass for my keggles.. anyone know of a how-to and parts list? id like to buy everything at Home Depot or Lowes if i can.
If i HAVE to buy them , i'd buy from Bobby M because ive heard nothing but good things. but id rather make them myself if possible, because thats just more fun to me.

thanks!
You can get most of the parts from McMaster Carr. The locknut with the ridge can be gotten from any number of online suppliers. You cant piece it together from home depot.

Do yourself a favor. Order one from Bobby If you get the parts yourself, you'll probably pay more and curse more than just buying it ready to assemble from Bobby. You still have the DIY satisfaction of drilling your keg and mounting and calibrating the volumes.


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Old 03-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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If you're going to get it out of state, just buy it from Bobby and be done with it.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #4
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It's probably not too difficult to figure out the pile of parts I use to make mine but not a single piece would be found at a home center. I started with Mcmaster parts and eventually found better suppliers. I will warn you that if you do copy my design exactly that some manufacturers have longer thread lengths than others and you may be stuck using a short stack of washers to make up for that gap. If you thread the polycarbonate, be sure to do it on an angle so that the tubing doesn't jut out away from the keg at the top.

If you want to buy parts from lowes, it will be brass fittings. They don't have polycarbonate so PVC clear tubing? Eh... I'm not so sure.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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at the price Bobby sells his most excellent sight gauges, why bother building on from scratch?
I'd put the energy in to another DIY project
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You'll pay more for an equal to or lesser version.

Still wanna DIY? Maybe Bobby will sell you one unassembled ;-)
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I'm a big proponent of DIY projects, but I bought two sight glasses from Bobby. It will definitely cost you more in the long run.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:26 AM   #8
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that all seems like sound advice
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I am all about DIY. But for the quality that you receive from the products that Bobby M provides, you just can't go wrong. I just bought two sightglass kits with T-fittings and a RIMS kit from BREWHARDWARE.COM and honestly, for the prices you're really better off going with his "proven" products. You're still within the realm of DIY but with the quality of the fittings and the pieces he is able to provide, you're not going to be able to "piece-meal" a similar setup together at Home Depot or anywhere else for that matter. Sure its a couple bucks more but the "trial, error, and guess-work" has been eliminated from the equation. That alone is worth it to me.
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I made two of them using parts I already had on hand, but everything I used can be found at home depot. I used clear pex for the tube, and brass compression x NPT elbows, brass lock nuts, and SS washers and eye bolts for the rest.

If I didn't already have the parts on hand I probably would have bought from Bobby. For just a few $ more than the retail cost of my inferior parts, the BobbyM model is well worth the price IMO.


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