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Old 01-10-2013, 12:58 AM   #371
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Tap handle we came up with over the weekend while fixing another one that we thought was a dry erase version but was actually the chalkboard version. Decided to take a crack at making our own and it came out pretty good and unique.


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Old 01-10-2013, 07:28 AM   #372
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Tap handle we came up with over the weekend while fixing another one that we thought was a dry erase version but was actually the chalkboard version. Decided to take a crack at making our own and it came out pretty good and unique.
did you use chalkboard paint?


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Old 01-10-2013, 02:30 PM   #373
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Yes, we used spray on chalkboard paint. What you see in that picture is just 1 coat. We applied 2 more coats and it came out really nice. We are going to also try out black dry erase paint, the white dry erase did not turn out so well on a test piece.

 
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:11 PM   #374
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Incorporated my profession by using a cheap nightstick from the internet and added some old spare tap handle parts. It's the same height as the Smithwick's handle - the pic is just a little distorted.


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Old 01-13-2013, 11:36 PM   #375
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Have wanted for some time to use some of my RR spikes that I pick up while running as tap handles. No welding ability or tools, though. How did you attach the nut?
I like the smaller, less chance of accidental opening style handle.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:48 PM   #376
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no welding required for a railroad spike. find a local machine shop and have them tap the proper hole right into the end of the RR spike. they just need to drill a hole and run a tap through it. shouldn't cost more than a couple bucks... or some homebrew.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:55 PM   #377
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Does anyone have problems with heavy metal tap handles? I have a large and heavy bolt that I thought would be cool to use, but it weighs a couple pounds. I think that I would get the head tapped so it wouldn't be so top heavy that the tap would open on its own. The bolt looks like this (A structural steel framing bolt from a building)
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:42 PM   #378
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make sure the weight bias is backwards to avoid accidental openings and that your mounting to the tower/whatever is capable of handling the weight/leverage, and i think you'll be ok. might be a problem with a thin pvc tower but on a collar or a metal tower you should be fine.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:43 PM   #379
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First thing that came to my head when you said "Heavy Metal Tap Handle"......


A Spinal Tap-handle...
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:47 PM   #380
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make sure the weight bias is backwards to avoid accidental openings and that your mounting to the tower/whatever is capable of handling the weight/leverage, and i think you'll be ok. might be a problem with a thin pvc tower but on a collar or a metal tower you should be fine.
Thanks, I'll be mounting it to a collar so im not worried about support. The other big problem will be trying to drill into it. It's made from pretty high strength structural steel so it might be a bit difficult to work with.


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