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Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
« on: July 28, 2010, 05:14:27 AM »
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... ;)

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Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 06:15:31 AM »
there is a wall gasket in what my club just put together, leaked otherwise
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Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 07:06:21 AM »
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?
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Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 07:13:14 AM »
Think of it as a square o-ring.  An o-ring would work
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Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
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Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2010, 12:27:35 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.
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Re: Question about assembling shanks and tail pieces
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2010, 05:41:38 AM »
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.
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