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How do you tighten your fittings?

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I'm doing a new build and will be replacing all my cheap phobya fittings with bitspower ones, I used a wrench to tighten them and they got wrecked as the paint and crap came off on them, what can I use so I don't ruin my BP ones? I can barely tighten any fittings with my hands, maybe i'm just super weak or something. I saw a tool in a youtube video once which was like a plastic grip thing the guy used but I have no idea what it was called.
post #2 of 9
By hand. Use a little piece of tube and just barely slip it on to get a grip and twist until the fitting is seated and no further. Fitting should compress the O-ring.
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post #3 of 9
finger tight, then use a towel and give it another 1/4-1/2 turn, that should be tight enough you just need to seat the o-ring(finger tight), and a bit of compression(the 1/4-1/2 turn)
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sorry, what I mean is tightening the compression ring around the fitting with the tube on, not fitting to component
post #5 of 9
i use hand because tbh man it takes A LOT of force to get those tubes to burst

i use 3/8 id and i cant even yank them off easily using something to pry them up and then slip them off. the compression fittings just are an extra buffer

also using a tool especially metal anythings will cause the little rivets or whatever u wana call them to get stripped and chips the powder coating. just use a towel or soft surface and use your RIGHT hand

if you use your left hand everyone you know and love dies.... then you gota like copy a tape and send it on to the next person or else u die and then they gota make a copy and so forth and so forth....
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post #6 of 9
same thing a towel works nicely for tightening and loosening the compression clamp
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post #7 of 9
I use rubber gloves to tighten my compression fittings thumb.gif works a charm!
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post #8 of 9
If you don't feel like you can tighten it enough by hand get a pair of channel lock pliers and something to cover the teeth, like a towel or better yet a jar opener. Just don't over tighten.
post #9 of 9
i use my hand then i use a wrench very very very little and only reason i do that is because i had fittings start to come off when the tubing was in a bind.
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