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Attempting copper pipe within my next build.

Ideally i want 3/8 ID x 1/2 OD x 1/8 Wall

Not sure if i should be using soft or hard copper, guess i'll figure that out later on.
Does anyone know of a place i could buy this? I intend too use Bitspower multi-link fittings.

thanks.
post #2 of 13
Pipe sizing is based on ID. If you need exactly 1/2" OD you are going to have a tough time finding it. What you need to look for is tubing, which is sized on OD. Where are you planning on running these fittings?
Edited by ramicio - 3/26/12 at 12:30pm
 
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It is not available in that wall thickness. See this document

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I also hope you don't plan on using those o-ring fittings everywhere. They only work between video cards because the rigidity of the two cards is enough to hold in the short length of tubing. You should rather look into using some sort of brass compression fittings with a ferrule, or flare fittings, like AN, JIC, or SAE (used in natural gas lines).
 
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I also hope you don't plan on using those o-ring fittings everywhere. They only work between video cards because the rigidity of the two cards is enough to hold in the short length of tubing. You should rather look into using some sort of brass compression fittings with a ferrule, or flare fittings, like AN, JIC, or SAE (used in natural gas lines).

The MurderBox MKII uses those bitspower fittings. dunno.gif
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Good for them. And if somehow the pump dies and the water boils and there is any bit of pressure in the system, the tubing will pop out, and water will be everywhere, ruining other stuff. It's a proof of concept, not an actual system that a consumer will use daily and not worry about tubes popping out of fittings. I'm only looking out for the OP.
 
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i know onlinemetalls has some copper tubing, but from my understanding copper tubing isn't friendly with bending without kinking
and since they define wall thickness slightly different (the don't add both side across the diameter) you'd end up with only 1/4" ID not the 3/8" but with how copper it a ton stronger than vinyl tubing you can get away with thinner walls, but for bendable tubing you might want to pick up the bitspower sli fitting first and head down to your local hardware store(that sells copper pipe/tube) and see if you can get the flexible copper pipe that fits into the sli fitting, be warned of the sharp edges will probably damage the orings in the sli fitting if you don't deburr it first

oh yea i forgot to add you can also flare/ream the copper a bit to make it really snug against the fitting
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Bending should not be hard with the right tools. You can also fill the tubing with VERY soapy water, freeze it, and then bend with a bender. The frozen mess inside forms what is called a mandrel, helping the tubing keep its shape. Then it melts and you just rinse out any leftover soapiness.

Please do not use these o-ring fittings if this is for a machine you will actually use. They are not made for anything but bridging two video cards. I will continue to hammer on with this belief.
 
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post #9 of 13
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Bending should not be hard with the right tools. You can also fill the tubing with VERY soapy water, freeze it, and then bend with a bender. The frozen mess inside forms what is called a mandrel, helping the tubing keep its shape. Then it melts and you just rinse out any leftover soapiness.
Please do not use these o-ring fittings if this is for a machine you will actually use. They are not made for anything but bridging two video cards. I will continue to hammer on with this belief.

it's like a super crappy rotary fitting any kind of force on the fitting from the pipe and it'll be leaking, yea the soapy mixture works they use it for making most brass instruments
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yea the soapy mixture works they use it for making most brass instruments

I mentioned it because I was bored at work yesterday and watched a youtube video of the "How It's Made" episode about making trumpets. It's too bad they spent most of the time on the horn part and didn't really talk much about the valves and other passages.
 
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