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Title: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on July 28, 2010, 12:14:27 pm
For anyone who has used separate shanks and tail pieces (as opposed to shanks that have welded tail pieces), can you tell me whether there needs to be a gasket between the shank and the tail piece?  I'm concerned that a metal to metal connection might result in leaking.  Am I being overly worrisome or am I missing something?

Also, does the tail piece just screw onto the shank?  I've only seen shanks and tail pieces in photos online.  I suppose I could just go to my LHBS and look at them, but since you fine people are all online and I'll be at work all day... ;)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: bonjour on July 28, 2010, 01:15:31 pm
there is a wall gasket in what my club just put together, leaked otherwise
Title: Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on July 28, 2010, 02:06:21 pm
there is a wall gasket in what my club just put together, leaked otherwise

Thanks, Fred. I assumed there would be leaking if there wasn't some sort of gasket involved.  By "wall" gasket, do you mean one with flat sides?  As opposed to, say, an o-ring?
Title: Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: bonjour on July 28, 2010, 02:13:14 pm
Think of it as a square o-ring.  An o-ring would work
Title: Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: theDarkSide on July 28, 2010, 02:30:04 pm
Something like this?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/neoprene-washer.html (http://www.midwestsupplies.com/neoprene-washer.html)
Title: Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on July 28, 2010, 02:39:31 pm
Something like this?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/neoprene-washer.html (http://www.midwestsupplies.com/neoprene-washer.html)

Exactly!  Thanks.
Title: Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: IHBHS on July 29, 2010, 07:27:35 pm
A beer washer goes in between the shank and the tail piece and the either a hex or a winged beer nut holds the whole assembly in place.
Title: Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on July 31, 2010, 12:41:38 pm
A beer washer goes in between the shank and the tail piece and the either a hex or a winged beer nut holds the whole assembly in place.

Thanks!  That's exactly the info I was looking for.