3" SS/Copper bubbler build

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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby scottyd72 » Wed Apr 26, 2023 2:14 pm

A quick question on the diameter of the copper bubble plates...

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Have I made the plates too big? do they need to be slightly smaller? ( I bought the seals from 5 star a few years ago before I moved) and do you use one seal or two when sandwiching a plate between tees?

I've silver soldered the risers into the plates, just have to attach the caps...

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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby iOnaBender » Wed Apr 26, 2023 5:08 pm

Hi Scotty,

Those seals look like a full tri clover seal. You want a plate seal, the inner flat piece of rubber up to the bead
is not there on a.plate seal

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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby The Stig » Wed Apr 26, 2023 5:13 pm

We don’t do 3” plate seals
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby scottyd72 » Wed Apr 26, 2023 5:44 pm

iOnaBender wrote:Hi Scotty,

Those seals look like a full tri clover seal. You want a plate seal, the inner flat piece of rubber up to the bead
is not there on a.plate seal

Cheers


Ah ok I'll go looking for them. Thanks Bender :handgestures-thumbupleft:


The Stig wrote:We don’t do 3” plate seals


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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby The Stig » Wed Apr 26, 2023 7:26 pm

You can just use a taser blade to cut the inner lip away from a standard tri-clamp seal
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby scottyd72 » Wed Apr 26, 2023 9:58 pm

The Stig wrote:You can just use a taser blade to cut the inner lip away from a standard tri-clamp seal


Ah ok thanks ill have a go at it. I’m guessing that i need to cut the diameter of my plates down a bit to fit just inside the seal then?
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby The Stig » Thu Apr 27, 2023 7:08 am

Of course that should have been razor blade , stupid auto correct :laughing-rolling:
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby scottyd72 » Mon May 01, 2023 8:22 pm

The Stig wrote:Of course that should have been razor blade , stupid auto correct :laughing-rolling:

Ah auto correct... almost as infamous as the real Stig... :))
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby scottyd72 » Mon May 01, 2023 8:27 pm

A little bit of progress today....

I had to make a holding fixture to screw the copper plates to so I could resize them to fit into the seals between the tees...

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Then I soaked them for 2 1/2hours in George from Barley and Hops Brewing YT channels 551 mixture (500ml water, 50ml Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 ounce (28gms) Citric acid powder).

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Now they are soaking in a weak water/vinegar mix overnight.
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby harold01 » Mon May 01, 2023 10:04 pm

You are doing some good shit there, what does soaking them do.
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby scottyd72 » Mon May 01, 2023 10:05 pm

harold01 wrote:You are doing some good shit there, what does soaking them do.

Thanks :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupleft: :handgestures-thumbupleft:

It's to clean off the gunk from soldering.
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Re: 3" SS/Copper bubbler build

Postby harold01 » Tue May 02, 2023 10:25 am

I see said the blind man
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