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Are there any benefits of doing some of this 7/16" ID x 5/8" OD tubing

with either these compression fittings?

or should i do these 1/2" barbs with some clamps


Are the more expensive compression fitting worth it?

I know that the regular 1/2" barb with 7/16" tubing is a super tight fit, and adding clamps will give a little extra security and peace of mind.
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post #2 of 14
To be honest.I have used barbs and compression fittings.The compression fittings seem to be easier to work with during assembly and during repair/maintenance.The looks of them are out standing too.
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post #3 of 14
Id go with the compression fittings. They look better and IMO they seal much better.
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Are there any reliability issues with compression fittings over the regular barb and clamp?
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Compression fittings can have O-ring issues if turned too much (rotary type) and non-rotary can be difficult to angle correctly when using 45 or 90 degree connectors. I personally would never use barbs, even with the potential for O-ring problems.
 
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post #6 of 14
Compression gives a cleanier, nicer look, but its expensive.

Barbs and a Clamp work fine.

Make sure that the ID and OD match your tubing for Compressions.

1/2 barbs for 7/16 tubing is tight. use a clamp too tho
post #7 of 14
I prefer compression fittings. I've had three BP 45* rotary fittings leak, so I'd recommend using non-rotary if possible.

I used 1/2" ID 3/4" OD tubing for sex appeal.
Edited by Trogdor - 8/1/11 at 12:10am
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post #8 of 14
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Compression fittings can have O-ring issues if turned too much (rotary type) and non-rotary can be difficult to angle correctly when using 45 or 90 degree connectors. I personally would never use barbs, even with the potential for O-ring problems.

what's the difference between a rotary and a non-rotary compression fitting?
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I prefer compression fittings. I've had three BP 45* rotary fittings leak, so I'd recommend using non-rotary if possible.

I used 1/2" ID 3/4" OD tubing for sex appeal.

That was another question I conjured up while milling about the office this afternoon.

The point of going with 7/16" tubing is to be used with 1/2" barbs correct? For the super tight fit, correct?

If I do with compression fittings the tightness of tubing is out the window based on the way in which the compression fitting works, correct?

Bigger ID tube, like the 1/2", with the appropriate compression fitting will be as tight a fit, or tighter, than going with 7/16" tubing and barbs? Or no?
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You can twist the rotary at a rotation point but can't put too much pressure on it as it is prone to leak.
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