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Install Tool (pull through flaring) for 1.5" TC Weld Ferrules
Install Tool (pull through flaring) for 1.5" TC Weld Ferrules


 
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This tool creates a flared opening in kettle walls, bottoms, lids, etc for install of 1.5" TC weld ferrules. Once the ferrule is installed, it is well prepped to receive a bead of silver solder for strong permanent (or not) install.

Here's how it gets installed using the one step pull-in method:
  • Drill a 1-1/4" hole in your pot using either a step bit or a 32mm tungsten carbide hole saw.
  • Deburr the hole (file or sand the sharp edges). If you used a step bit, you can use it to deburr the hole by running it on the other side of the hole.
  • Degrease the pot wall, TC ferrule, and tapered bullet mandrel with acetone, etc.
  • The bolt of the install tool remains installed through the large cup die and that assembly goes inside the pot with the threaded side of the bolt sticking out through the 1-1/4" hole.
  • On the outside of the pot, the narrow end of the bullet mandrel is slid onto the bolt, followed by the TC ferrule, two fender washers, a smaller flat washer and finally the nut.
  • Hand snug the nut until everything is firmly in place. Wiggle the bolt in a few directions to be sure everything is centered.
  • Apply liquid flux to the fitting on the inside of the pot. This will ensure flux coverage when the fitting is pulled into place, but also acts as a lubricant.
  • With a pair of wrenches of some sort, tighten the bolt/nut to pull the fitting through the hole. While the mandrel is creating the flared opening, it will be difficult to tighten the nut. Once the full diameter is reached, it will be easier to tighten. When the bullet mandrel clears the pot wall, you will hear a popping sound. You will want to continue tightening another 1.5 turns.
  • Loosen the nut and take the tool out of place. You want the inside edge of the ferrule to stick into the flared opening by at least 1/16".
  • Prop the pot on its back so that the TC flange is perfectly level in all directions facing up towards the ceiling.
  • Apply a little more flux into the valley created by the flare, heat with a propane torch and apply Stay Brite silver solder to fill up the valley.
  • After cooling, clean up the area and polish the heat affected areas with bar keeper's friend or a felt wheel with polishing compound to return the area to the original luster.
Other details:

The picture shows the tool with a TC ferrule loaded in the correct location for install but does NOT include one.

It comes with a grade 5 bolt and nut, two flat washers, two fender washers, a flaring bullet mandrel and a cup die.

Optional install method for 9th level hardware nerds (there is a relatively high failure rate for this method so use at your own risk):

The standard install method outlined above is awesomely easy with the only downside being that the solder joint is done on the outside. For a slightly better outside appearance, you can flare the hole outward and then pull the TC ferrule in from the outside. We call this the FOPI method (Flare Out, Pull In).

  • Drill a 1-1/4" hole in your pot using either a step bit or a 32mm tungsten carbide hole saw.
  • Deburr the hole (file or sand the sharp edges). If you used a step bit, you can use it to deburr the hole by running it on the other side of the hole.
  • Degrease the pot wall, TC ferrule, and tapered bullet mandrel with acetone, etc.
  • The bolt of the install tool remains installed through the large cup die and that assembly goes outside the pot with the threaded side of the bolt sticking in through the 1-1/4" hole.
  • On the inside of the pot, the narrow end of the bullet mandrel is slid onto the bolt, followed by the TC ferrule, two fender washers, a smaller flat washer and finally the nut.
  • Tighten the nut/bolt until the bullet mandrel pops all the way through the hole.
  • IMPORTANT: Make sure the opening of the hole is smooth with no burrs. Any burrs will prevent the ferrule from popping back in.
  • Wipe a light coating of Harris Stay Clean liquid flux on the interior of the flared opening.
  • Load the tool with the TC ferrule in place this time exactly in reverse. The cup die goes inside the pot this time. The bullet mandrel will slightly stretch the flare open again (in the opposite direction) just enough to let the edge of the TC tubing to slip in.
  • Slowly tighten the nut/bolt. If all goes well, the TC ferrule will slide into the opening of the flare. If it starts getting hard to turn, the leading edge of the ferrule may have gotten hung up on the edge of the flare.
  • The final step is to solder on the inside of the pot.
What's that about failure rate? Yeah, it's an adventure for sure. If the ferrule gets hung up, it starts to deform the flare inward and it's enough to drive you to drink. In every test case that failed, we were able to tap out the deformity and go again. Is it for you? Probably not. Don't do it.


Do you care about Economics?

ProcessTool/Labor CostTC portTotal for 1Total for 4 ports
Weld In Ferrule DIY$1500 welder$4.50$1504.50$1518
Weld In Ferrule HIRE OUT$50 per port$4.50$54.50$218
Pull Through Weld Ferrule (soldered)$30 pull tool
$30 torch/gas
$4.50$64.50$78
Radius Faced Flange (soldered)$30 torch/gas$20$50$110
Weldless TC$13 Socket$26$39$117

Of course there are a lot of other factors to consider other than cost. The most skilled TIG welding professional possible will do a great job but only a lucky few homebrewers will have access. This pull through TC with soldering process is about as good as it gets for a DIY.

Optional Buy-Back Offer:

Consider the purchase price for this tool a deposit. If you should choose to return the tool after using it for a few installs, we will refund 2/3rds. With that spirit in mind, the tool you receive may not be pristine in appearance but will work as intended.
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worked like a charm! July 27, 2019
Reviewer: Jared Lazorchak from Galeton, PA United States  
I flared the kettle outward and then pressed  my 1.5" ferrule into opening and worked very nicely and looks great.

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Install Tool June 10, 2019
Reviewer: Shane Seright from Hamlet, IN United States  
I installed 2 fittings in a 7-1/2 gallon keg. Tool made it fast and easy. I would suggest that you go to the local hardware store and invest in a grade 8 bolt an nut as the one supplied stripped during the first install, good thing I just happened to have one on hand.

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The TC pull through tool December 14, 2018
Reviewer: Kevin Tyrrell from Chino, CA United States  
Exactly as advertised.  Depending on the thickness of your kettle, don't torque the bolt too fast.  Once it's through enough to be visible stop.  
Also after installation I noticed the brewhardwear ripple element snags on the inside of the ferrule a bit. Should be okay though.

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Makes a beautiful install. April 7, 2018
Reviewer: Dave Rhodes from Merritt Island, FL United States  
I was using the radius TC on my keggle but when this came out I jumped.  Very happy with the results.  I can only imagine how much easier it would install into a regular kettle.  Because I was converting a 15 gallon keg, and because I’m lazy, once the holes were drilled and everything lined up it was a breeze.  Of course I used an impact wrench... like ya do.

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March 28, 2018
Reviewer: Dan from Jacksonville, FL  
Quickly delivered in impecable packaging. Everything looks and performs at a high quality.

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