From the HBD Archive
From: Brian Davis <brian%mbf.uucp@ics.uci.edu>
Subject: pin lock vs. ball lock kegs
Date: 1992-05-26 17:58:44 GMT

In HBD 886, Richard Dale <rsd@silk.udev.cdc.com> said:

>I find that the ball lock is much easier to dismantle than the pin
>lock. The ball lock fittings can be easily removed/installed from
>your kegs using an ordinary deep socket. (Some require a 12 pt
>socket) It's fast and you have good control over torque, etc...

>There may be a special tool you can get for removing/installing
>pin-lock fittings from/on your kegs but I don't own one or know
>where to order one. I do it by working with an open-end wrench
>through a handle slot, doing the "turn your open-end wrench over
>every 30 degress" technique, with the wrench wedged in at kind of
>a funny angle. Not as good. Maybe I'm doing this wrong, someone
>tell me.

I just bought some pin lock kegs yesterday. Their previous owner made his
own pin lock removal tool. It was a 13/16 ( I think ) deep socket with
slots cut in the side to match up with the pins on the fittings. It looked
MUCH easier than wrench flipping.

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