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Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
quick disconnects on 11/01/2010 09:26:14 MDT Print View

i am building a water purifying gravity setup. i need to know where to get the lightest cheapest quick disconnects? the only ones i found were on usplastic and were $9. SHould the disconnects be for the filter only, since it will need to be kept from freezing? should i use them somewhere else in the process for sanitation reasons?

Edited by isaac.mouser on 11/01/2010 09:29:39 MDT.

Keith Selbo
(herman666) - F - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
what to disconnect on 11/04/2010 17:56:01 MDT Print View

Ike,

Nalgene has some accessories with quick disconnects that you might be able to use.

If you're looking for cheaper, you might try some hose clamps. I've seen them with a tab so you can tighten and loosen them by hand. I think they were in the automotive section at Walmart.

I personally use just one quick disconnect and that one only because my hydration bladder has a quick connect socket for the drinking tube, so it was the only way I could connect the filter to the bladder to fill it. It doesn't save a huge amount of time.

I do recommend you make your setup so you don't have to monitor it while it does its job. That's what really takes time.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: what to disconnect on 11/04/2010 19:14:06 MDT Print View

Platy Quick Disconnect -

Platy Quick Disconnect
$13 -- Ouch!


Edit: Sawyer also has QDCs. They are smaller and simpler than the Platy. I sent off an email and will post the response.

Edited by greg23 on 11/04/2010 19:27:35 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 11/04/2010 19:26:50 MDT Print View

One thing bad about quick disconnects is that they have a constricted opening so it takes longer for the water to flow through.

It might be that the filter would be the limiting factor affecting flow and the quick disconect wouldn't make any difference

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: quick disconnects on 11/04/2010 19:40:38 MDT Print View

Ike,

Do you need a shut-off included?

If so, check out USPlastics.

If not, check out USPlastics.

Cheaper than Platy even with shipping.

Also, ValuePlastics has some very interesting designs, including a buckle quick-connect, but they only come in bulk (10 - 50 minimum). Anybody else want some?

Edited by goosefeet on 11/04/2010 19:46:05 MDT.

Andrew Schriner
(lettheguydance) - F

Locale: Midwest
Best source on 11/12/2010 14:34:32 MST Print View

Check out McMaster Carr. http://www.mcmaster.com/#

All kinds of goodies.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Best source on 11/12/2010 14:44:28 MST Print View

McMaster-Carr Quick Connect link.

Move down a couple of lines at Quick Disconnect page, then scroll to the middle of the page.

These appear to be US Plastics items.

Edited by greg23 on 11/12/2010 14:49:57 MST.