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Got my replacement pump/reservoir. This is my first time with water cooling, I have the RX360. and I just realized how hard it is to pull tubing off the barbs fittings. You guys have any tricks to pull this off?

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by Chainspell View Post

Got my replacement pump/reservoir. This is my first time with water cooling, I have the RX360. and I just realized how hard it is to pull tubing off the barbs fittings. You guys have any tricks to pull this off?
Thanks!

Don't you squeeze the tube right before the barb to loosen it?
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post #3 of 17
Warm it up a bit.... I used to use a damp towel that I warmed in the microwave then wrapped around the tube/barb. Then pinch the tube near the barb and pops right off...well, most of the time, lol.
 
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post #4 of 17
warm it up, twist a little, squeeze before barb. Many tricks and everyone has their own. I'd rather have my hoses tight than loose...
post #5 of 17
I never could get my 7/16 tubing off without feeling I was about to rip the cpu right out of my case lol. I always made a small cut in the tubing on along barb
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post #6 of 17
Practice or just cut it off.
    
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post #7 of 17
Even though I use compressions I occasionally cut the tubing off if the fitting is in a hard to reach area or the compression ring is 'stuck' to the tubing.
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Los Hog View Post

I never could get my 7/16 tubing off without feeling I was about to rip the cpu right out of my case lol. I always made a small cut in the tubing on along barb

This is the best way when the tubing is being stubborn. Just be careful not to harm your barbs!
 
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post #9 of 17
If I'm going to reuse the tubing, I use a small flat-blade screwdriver to pry the lip of the tubing off the barb then work it underneath to break the adhesion to the barb, Then you can work it around the fitting to free it up. That way I can rock the tubing back and forth to pull it past the barb. If you're careful, you won't scratch the fitting if it's anodized or plated.

Of course this all depends on where the fitting is located and if you can get at it. Otherwise, I cut the end as another poster suggested. I always leave my tubing a bit longer than necessary just for reasons like this. biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 17
With 7/16th tube on 1/2" barbs, I don't even bother, I just cut it off.
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