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II currently have tygon tubes in my system, however Ive seen good things written about clearflex and it's also cheaper.

2 questions:

1. So can mix tygon and clear flex in my system

2. can I mix tubes with different ID and OD or will there be some serious problems for me?

cooling is in sig, I also have a 360 aquacomputer radiator.
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You "can" - as the diameter decreses the velocity will increase. I haven't seen any reviews of the effect this has on a system. But I don't think it would be good. Be careful to use the right size fittings on different lengths of tubing.
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In home plumbing this creates noise. You get a high pitched rushing noise from the pipes and it's a rule to not do this. It's pretty annoying to turn on the water to wash your hands and the pipes are squealing. I'm pretty sure the same will occur in a loop.

Also, if you had to do this, do it at the rad level, like G3/8 to G1/4 which won't cause the acceleration issue.
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Originally Posted by grandpatzer View Post

II currently have tygon tubes in my system, however Ive seen good things written about clearflex and it's also cheaper.
2 questions:
1. So can mix tygon and clear flex in my system
2. can I mix tubes with different ID and OD or will there be some serious problems for me?
cooling is in sig, I also have a 360 aquacomputer radiator.

1. Yes, no problem.
2. Yes, no problem. Only the smaller tubing will increase the resistance and hence the pressure. I have 60 feet of 1/4" ID tubing that transitions to 1/2" ID with no problems.
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In home plumbing this creates noise. You get a high pitched rushing noise from the pipes and it's a rule to not do this. It's pretty annoying to turn on the water to wash your hands and the pipes are squealing. I'm pretty sure the same will occur in a loop.
Also, if you had to do this, do it at the rad level, like G3/8 to G1/4 which won't cause the acceleration issue.

I think that squealing is actually caused by the copper tubing expanding from the pressure, especially when using hot water. Remember the water going into your home has psi of ~60, our loops rarely exceed 15 psi.
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The two brands should work just fine in a loop. My loop is ClearFlex60.

As for tubing sizes, my RES to pump is 1/2-inch (12.7mm) ID and the remainder is all 3/8-inch (9.5mm) ID for the loop.

The reason of having a larger tubing ID from the RES to pump, is to avoid air entrapment, so much easier to prime, and allows the RES to be a little further away from the pump rahter than butt up against it. This allows you to place both the RES and pump in better places within your case.

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Originally Posted by Raul-7 View Post

... I have 60 feet of 1/4" ID tubing that transitions to 1/2" ID with no problems.

Is this a long geothermal loop using 60 feet of tubing? smile.gif Would love to see one of those.






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Originally Posted by bmaverick View Post

Is this a long geothermal loop using 60 feet of tubing? smile.gif Would love to see one of those.
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Actually it's not a geothermal loop. redface.gif Merely a dual radiator setup I have in my backyard to take advantage of the better ambients and allow me to use Delta's at full blast without the deafness. thumb.gif
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You can mix tube brands after all in the end they're just all plastic tubes tongue.gif I ran a loop with mostly 3/8id 5/8od primochill tubing and a length of 1/2id 5/8od masterkleer tubing just to compare the differences after a few months and it went perfectly fine.
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You can mix tube brands after all in the end they're just all plastic tubes tongue.gif I ran a loop with mostly 3/8id 5/8od primochill tubing and a length of 1/2id 5/8od masterkleer tubing just to compare the differences after a few months and it went perfectly fine.

So can I use clearflex tubing with 12mm ID and 16mm OD?

the fitting description says up to 11mm no clamps required, from 13mm need clamps.

I have fatboy 13mm (1/2") barbed fitting. fatboy 13mm (1/2") barbed fitting

I currently only use R3603 tubing 15,9/11,1mm (7/16"ID) R3603 tubing 15,9/11,1mm (7/16"ID)

My understanding is that I can only use 11-13mm tubes on the fitting also infact 11mm is hard as h*ll to press into it, however 12mm might be too loose with just cable ties?

Rememver from 13mm it need hose clamps.
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post #10 of 17
Even if it's snug tight on the barb I'd rather be safe than sorry and have at least some kind of keep down whether it's clamps or zip ties.
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