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I was getting ready for the final touch to my new rig and have the real power on test (just using memtest86, no hard drives yet) when I noticed smoke coming from the inside of the case. Turns out I was an idiot and placed a small clip on light bulb a tad too close to one of the hose.
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No leak but it puts me in a difficult position. The melted section feels very thin like it may break easily. The hose goes from the radiator to chipset block. If I do it the right way, I'd have to empty the entire WC set to replace the hose, and then spend 3 days to refill and bleed air. 3 liter of water and large, complex WC loop does take a while. Not to mention tipping a huge 50 pound case isn't any fun.

If I try the quick way and just drain enough to replace that hose, there's a risk I'd spill water onto the mobo and I'd still be down for a few days for refilling and bleeding.

The local stores are closed right now but I could go tomorrow to get a 1/2" barbed fitting coupler and just cut out the damaged section and slip the coupler in but that still eaves me with spills and mess.

Or I could use Duck tape and pray.

Nothing like a little boneheaded move to set the plan back a few days. 4.gif

PS where would I find a LED bulb that uses E17 screw base (same size as Christmas C9 bulb)?? LED wouldn't melt the hose like mine did.
    
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The easiest way isn't always the best way. The best thing to do in my opinion... replace the hose. When it comes to water cooling you can never been too careful, even though it may be more work it will give you peace of mind and you won't have to worry about that hose failing.
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Oh man, that looks bad. I'd go the route of being safe than sorry and spend time redoing the loop. You don't want that regret on your mind when something goes wrong... *If only I'd have spent a few hours, I wouldn't be RMA'ing and replacing all my components."
    
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It is not worth it to have it "fixed" with duck tape - I have a feeling that this would be like having a ticking bomb in your computer, that will go off and most inconvenient time - say when you leave your computer running overnight...

Draining your loop is normal when playing around with water cooling, during the last week when I was modifying my loop I drained it at least once a day for minor changes - get used to it wink.gif
    
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I'm sorry to hear about this...didn't you smell it?
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post #6 of 16
Drain and replace. I love doing it!
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You need to replace that, don't tempt the computer gods.
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post #8 of 16
It sucks but crap happens. Replace the tubing. It's far better than the possible alternative.
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I'd say just go through the tedious process of carefully tearing apart your water cooling setup. Although your rig might be down for a few days just imagine the consequences of not fixing the melted tube and having it ruin all of the hardware you spent so much to water cool. I say replace it and then keep gaming or doing whatever you use your pc to do.
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post #10 of 16
Duct tape it and pray until you can fix it thumb.gif
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