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I accidentally ordered a bunch of fittings (2 silver barbs + 4 compression) and I guess they're too big for my tubing, and now the compression fittings don't compress the tubing. This is good, but it doesn't look nice.

What I ordered are 1/2" ID fittings - I have 7/16" tubing. What size tubing would work best in this situation?

Note: This is test fitting on the tubing that came with the kit.
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post #2 of 17
Sorry that happend to you You need 1/2 id tubing to fit the compression fittings I dont know the od size of your fittings. It could be 3/4 or 5/8 Do they have it on the bag it came in?

Man that is a good picture lol
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post #3 of 17
Some people actually run 1/2 barbs with 7/16 tubing on purpose. Apparently, they just heat up the end slightly to get it soft and pliable, stretch it over the barb and then clamps are not needed. Obviously this won't work with compression fittings buts its something to consider.
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That looks like some seriously thin walled tubing. Get some Primochill 1/2" x 3/4" tubing and you should be good to go.

But yea, you need to know WHAT you ordered in the way of compressions or getting diff tubing could still not work out.
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Some people actually run 1/2 barbs with 7/16 tubing on purpose. Apparently, they just heat up the end slightly to get it soft and pliable, stretch it over the barb and then clamps are not needed. Obviously this won't work with compression fittings buts its something to consider.
3/8" will work too, just a dab of water and it 'slides' on, no heat needed.
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haha I actually used sheer determination to get the fitting on.

The compression fittings are 3/4" OD. I have some white Primochill 7/16" tubing, I just tested with the stuff that came with my kit. Maybe I'll see what happens with the other tubing.. brb

EDIT: Nope, same issues. I didn't even try to get the fitting on - looked at the tubing and its the same lol

So some 1/2" tubing on these fittings? Whats the next step down? I want a nice tight fit.
Edited by Dirtyworks - 10/27/11 at 11:12am
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Getting new tubing?
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Getting new tubing?
Thats my intention.
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post #9 of 17
That should hold just fine but if you are concerned about aesthetics than go get some 1/2" diameter tubing.
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post #10 of 17
Get tubing with the same specs as the fittings. The tubing won't go anywhere with the collar tightened.
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