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Old 04-18-2008, 12:36 AM   #1
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I have been calling around all the local welders in DC/MD area and every single one is saying it will cost $40 per 1/2" coupling! This sounds like an extreme rip off. I was curious how much you paid and what it is you had done.

Also, anyone here in the DC/MD area that would be willing to help me out?


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Old 04-18-2008, 12:46 AM   #2
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You've found that most welders are not interested in small jobs. They want projects that they can bill 10 hours to.

The best price I ever received was $135 for 9 couplings. My previous keg had 2 couplings and the guy took $50 cash. You just pay more for smaller jobs. If you have any custom motorcycle shops nearby, give them a try. They sometimes employ a part time welder.


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Old 04-18-2008, 12:46 AM   #3
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I've been doing the same thing but in the Huntsville, Alabama area and I've been quoted about $80 for 4 stainless-steel welds. I actually thought this sounded a little low and have hesitated on biting the bullet for fear they might botch my kegs.

Here's another related yet somewhat off-topic question: I see a lot of people welding in the coupling, but is it OK to weld in the MPT nipple, instead? I don't like the idea of having my ball valve and barbed fitting sticking out 3 miles from the keg and figured welding in the nipple would shorten things up. Anyone successfully done this?

 
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:51 AM   #4
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The reason most people use the couplings is because it allows you to make simple adjustments. Most components you will want to add will be male 1/2" connections and therefore mate with the 1/2" female coupling. Also, they sit flat and snug with the drilled hole which allows for a better weld. Last reason I could think of is that the coupling protects the threads from being damaged during storage while the nipple doesn't.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:35 AM   #5
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Has there been a discussion about brazing these fittings to an ss keggle? I know someone who had this done and he's had no problems. It will work as long as the design of the fitting is appropriate for this process.

 
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:16 AM   #6
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I had three 1/2" couplings welded into my keggle for $47 including tax. I used a custom fab shop rather than a stand alone welder.
I will be sending them my last two kegs shortly.

 
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:27 AM   #7
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OK, first things first. Remember, your a home brewer, therefore you have beer in a bottle I assume? I traded a case for all 6 of my couplings, and the tops cut out with a plasma torch. Ask em if they will take beer as payment. It was worth it to me to ask and the guy was more than stoked to agree to it.

Hey ddrouks, the reason to use a full coupling for a ball valve is because when you heat a keg from the bottom the heat goes up the side of the keggle and with a bv that close your sure to be wearing an oven mitt!

 
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:57 AM   #8
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50 bucks for three 1/2'' fittings and he cut the top out.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:58 PM   #9
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Free, my nephew is a pro welder.

 
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:13 PM   #10
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Do you guys buy the coupling then just have them weld it or do they use their own? If u use weldless now and down the road want to make it permenent that is possible correct? Right now I am still adjusting my system the way I want it so want to wait to make sure I will know where I want the holes to go.



 
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