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As I'm thinking about how I'm going to config my loop when I add my extra rad and gpu block I just realized I forgot to put a drain plug or line in my setup. I use the xspc x20 750 dual bay pump/res combo with the top mounted fill port.
I'm curious if anyone out there has any nifty or useful/creative ways to drain a loop other than tipping the case every which way. At the moment I'm thinking of removing the entire loop assembled in 1 piece and draining. Any other Ideas?
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Your idea sounds good.. It would probably be best to remove the entire thing to prevent accidental leaks on your hardware.
 
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I ended up putting a couple quick disconnects very low in the case. It worked a lot better than using a drain coming from my bay res. I still need to rock the case quite a bit to drain fully though.
 
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post #4 of 9
You could always place a ball-valve at the reservoir that leads down to a drain port. That way you can turn the ball-valve off so no liquid runs down to the drain until you actually need to drain the system, then you just open the drain port and the ball valve.
post #5 of 9
A T-line low in the loop with a quick release connector on the end would be optimal imo:

Just plug the other end of the quick release in with as much tubing as you like on it...


I of course take none of my own advice and pull my pump out the bottom and unscrew the connectors over a container of some description.
    
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post
You could always place a ball-valve at the reservoir that leads down to a drain port. That way you can turn the ball-valve off so no liquid runs down to the drain until you actually need to drain the system, then you just open the drain port and the ball valve.
I like this idea. that way you dont hinder your loops flow with a drain line going down and always having fluid in it.

now...links to ball valve?? lol
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post #7 of 9
If you can slide the res out of the bay a bit you can just set the case on its front on a table. Put it hanging off the edge a bit and now your res is the lowest point. Pull out your fill port cap. and let gravity do its thing.

THIS is the valve I use...or extreme close as mine is black. I have it basically at the end of my loop. I can flip the valve and actually pump my water out the bottom port. I love US plastics...their quick disconects are really good too.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 6/9/11 at 8:50am
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by tx-jose View Post
I like this idea. that way you dont hinder your loops flow with a drain line going down and always having fluid in it.

now...links to ball valve?? lol
Here's the one I have: http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/aqcobavainth.html

You'll need 2 G 1/4 fitting to attach to either side of it. Fortunately bitspower sells such fittings: http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/bishsimatoma1.html

Plus, Sidewinder is a great shop with great prices. Gary's just an all-around good guy and really helped me when ordering my first loop.
post #9 of 9
a T line at the lowest point of you loop would make drain much easier. i just setup mine with http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=24838
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