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post #11 of 36
Would there be any reason you couldnt go to a hardware store and buy some teflon tape to wrap the threads with? That's what plumbers use for this type of problem, as long as you're careful im sure that would help.
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Just so its clear, the ONLY two barbs that didn't leak were the strange ones that came with smaller O rings, they were tightened to the same degree as the others.. frown.gif
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post #13 of 36
I'd get bitspower compression fittings if you choose to go that way. There quality seems to be really good. I'm using their regular barb fittings for my build as I didn't really want to use compression fittings.

If anything is going to leak its at your barbs, so best not to buy super cheap ones.
post #14 of 36
I would have to say that you probably over tightened. Or you got a bad batch of barbs. I only make mine hand tight. When you over tighten rubber o-rings and seals, you run the risk of pinching the rubber which will make it leak.

If it leaking from the threading under the fitting, compression fittings wont help any. Although I do recommend them.

EDIT: I also second the use of Bitspower fittings. They are the best ones I have used.
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post #15 of 36
Hardware store.. not a problem. Take a few fittings with you. Maybe even one of the o rings that fit.

edit: I sleep much better with compression fittings.
post #16 of 36
Either buy new o-rings from harbor freight, hardware store, etc, or order some bitspower fittings. No leaks here...and I have 14 fittings. smile.gif

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post #17 of 36
where i get mine?xoxide maybe?frozencpu?whichever one of those is cheaper..lol..point being..they didn't leak..the o-rings are tight
 
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post #18 of 36
Bummer. frown.gif

I'd just replace everything with regular Bitspower barbs, because I personally can't justify the price of compression fittings. In any event, their fittings have indented O-ring grooves and correctly sized rings, so even with my tendency to tighten my barbs all the way, I've never had one leak.

As has been said, though, if you can find some O-rings that fit tightly, that's a good, cheap, option. smile.gif
post #19 of 36
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Would you guys go with compression fittings? Are they more secure then barbs?

Also, if I were to get compression fittings... how exactly do they work? haha..

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post #20 of 36
Compression fittings have a collar that you first place on the tubing. Then you put the tube on the barb, slide the collar toward the barb, and tighten it onto the threads on the barb's base. Basically it just acts as an integrated clamp.

Overall I feel appearance is by and large the main draw for compression fittings. I stick with plain barbs because they're easy to use and don't cost an arm and a leg for a full loop's worth.

By the way, what size tubing are you using? For quite a while I was using Tygon R3603 3/8" x 1/2" on Bitspower 3/8" barbs, and it was a fantastic match. Didn't even need clamps, and a zip tie was plenty if some peace of mind was desired.
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