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Old 04-27-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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I have all the stuff to convert a top freezer refrigerator I bought on Craigslist to a kegerator, but I can't decide whether to put the taps on the front of the door or the side of the fridge. Any opinions?

I wonder if I put them on the door if they will get in the way. It will be a 2 tap system to start with but I'm quite certain I will probably add more in the future.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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I personally would put the tube through the top and then put the tap on a tube, the side is thick and insulated and the door is also thick and will get in the way. It's your choice but personally I think the through the top looks pretty dapper.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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I've done it both ways (on 2 different fridges). I much prefer them on the side. On the front the tubes get tangled and in the way when you open/close the door. On the side does not effect the door action. And then you can store bottled beer in the door shelves and in the other areas of the fridge.

I also recommend using a bucket to catch the drips. This is easier on the side then in front of the door.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, this helps.

 
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #5
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Mine are on the side, and they are fine there - the deciding factor for me was that I was able to mount them a few inches higher than I would have had I went with the door (as I still wanted to be able to use the freezer).

Some people have concerns about refrigerant lines in the side walls and choose to use the door to completely eliminate that concern.

 
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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I was afraid to hit refrigerant lines so I went through the door and it works fine. I am still able to use most the shelves in the door but the lines do get mixed up opening and closing the fridge.

 
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:28 PM   #7
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drill a tiny pilot hole and probe around with a wire to look for lines. Then drill the proper hole for the shank

 
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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I went trough the door and I am happy with the results. My only complaint is I have to use smaller tap handles so that I can get in the freezer w/o accidentally opening the taps. Actually, even closing the door too quickly caused the heavier, ceramic tap to open.

 
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:05 PM   #9
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I'm plenty happy with through the door. My only complaint (though it doesn't bother me at all) is that if I decide to use longer tap handles, I have to attach the freezer door to the fridge door to prevent opening all of my taps if I only open the freezer.
I have no problem whatsoever with hoses tangling, etc. with my setup.



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Old 04-28-2012, 04:13 PM   #10
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Mine are on the side ... Keeps the lines nice and tidy ... And you can use longer handles ...

 
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