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Old 02-10-2013, 04:40 AM   #11
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Nice Build.

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:41 PM   #12
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Is there some trick I'm missing. I'm having a hell of a time getting the 2 T's filed out enough so they will slide over the tube. Any help would be appreciated.
shouldn't have to file out anything. make sure you have the same size tube as the T. 1/2 inch tube should slide into a 1/2 inch T


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Is there some trick I'm missing. I'm having a hell of a time getting the 2 T's filed out enough so they will slide over the tube. Any help would be appreciated.
It depends on the tee. Some brands just have a rim that can be filed out easily, but others have a solid casting that needs to be removed all the way through. The ones I used were of the second type (Cello brand). I filed down the inner casting as much as I could, and then drilled through with a 16mm (5/8") bit. I wouldn't necessarily recommend using a spade bit but it was the only one I had that was the right diameter.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #14
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Thanks Alien. I have the ones with the solid castings and spent quite a bit of time grinding it out with my Dremel. It's frustrating because its filed down to the point where it feels flush all the way through but the pipe still wouldn't go. I didn't think about using a spade bit. I'm going to throw it in the vise and give it a shot. Everything else with this build has went smooth but these 2 T's are kicking my A$$.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:05 PM   #15
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If it makes you feel any better, the first tee I tried drilling through without filing first, and ended up going through the side.

I have since learned that there is such a thing as a "slip tee" which should slide straight on with no drilling.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_21660-137-61...ductId=1060433
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #16
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Alien, nice build and great instructions. The first MLT I built back in '06 used a copper manifold very similar in design to yours that was inspired by John Palmer. The cooler was a 48qt Rubbermaid. Two years ago we moved and I upgraded to 70 qt Coleman. I extended the copper manifold and it works great. We regularly brew 10 gallon batches so the larger size works greats.
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Thanks again Alien. For $1.20 I think I'll forget about drilling the ones I have and run to Lowe's for the easy fix.
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I am scrapping my manifold and building this one. Nice work!
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Thanks - hope it works out for you!
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GrogNerd -

I would definitely rather buy this fitting than risk screwing up the hole while drilling. What kind of plumbers putty did you use exactly? Any risk of it getting too hot and leaking into the cooler?

Anything else I should know?

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