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Old 09-09-2008, 06:55 AM
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Best way to install ball valves on a 55 gal drum

So I just got the vegistroke install done, and now going to purchase a filter housing and I already have a few 55 gallon drums. How do you guys go about welding or soldering a ball valve on the bottom of the drum to drain?

The ball valves are thick and the drums are thin so is there a special ball valve you guys use to weld on or what?

Any ideas and pictures would be helpful.

I noticed this awhile ago but dont want to pay that much unless I have to.
55 gallon Drum w/Fittings at F2F Filtration Units

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Weld or braze the proper size nipple into the drum and then screw the ball valve onto the nipple. You don't weld the ball valve directly to the drum.
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I cheated. I took a closed top 55 gal barrel, flipped it upside down, cut the bottom off and screwed a 3/4 in. nipple into the small bung hole. Make sure the large bung is tight and use a thread sealant on both holes. So far this is working good.
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Weld or braze the proper size nipple into the drum and then screw the ball valve onto the nipple. You don't weld the ball valve directly to the drum.
+1. This is the way to do it. Any welder can do this without much trouble.
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:14 AM
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I cheated. I took a closed top 55 gal barrel, flipped it upside down, cut the bottom off and screwed a 3/4 in. nipple into the small bung hole. Make sure the large bung is tight and use a thread sealant on both holes. So far this is working good.
That is the easy way to do it but if you have open top drums which I assumed since he asked about welding I told him how to weld it up. No welding is required with closed top drums.
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This is the setup I used...a weathertight electrical fitting from Home Depot. I replaced the rubber gasket with a Viton gasket, but otherwise, all the fittings are from HD, save for the locking ball valve that is from McMaster Carr.

Takes a little work, but does avoid the welding.







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Now that's a clever solution I haven't seen before. Thanks for posting that up.
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Not bad. Where did you get the Viton gasket?

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Not bad. Where did you get the Viton gasket?

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Al
Ditto,

Where did you get the gasket from?
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Now that's a clever solution I haven't seen before. Thanks for posting that up.

No problem...hope it helps everyone out!
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