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Im gonna be redoing my water cooling, and I was wondering, how do people use drain/fill ports? Where do I exactly put them and what is the best drain port available? Just is annoying when I have to cut a hose to drain, this would hopefully help me avoid that.
Let me know, just saw these and it got me thinking.
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post #2 of 8
A lot of people just use a T-junction with a short tube coming off and capped with the drain/fill port. I don't think there's necessarily a "best" one, it's a pretty basic part.
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maybe look into some quick-disconnects. ive never used them but they seem nice.
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Quick-disconnects are more for when you want to swap parts out quickly and easily. For instance, say you've got a Zalman Reserator cooling your rig at home, but you don't want to drag it out to a LAN party. You could use quick-disconnects to simply remove the Reserator and add something like a Swiftech MCR-DRIVE in its place while you're away from home. That's not their only use by any means, just a quick example! smile.gif
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Here is a, not great, diagram / photo of my current drain arrangement:
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I like it because it is cheap, effective and easy to use. I simply put a bowl under the extender, unscrew the stop fitting and uncap my res - drains the loop in about 10s (except for the bottom rad).
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Do you have to keep the pump on?
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When draining? No. I never use the pump to drain a loop, there is a large chance that you will run it dry which can cause damage. Besides, this loop drains quickly without the pump.
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When draining? No. I never use the pump to drain a loop, there is a large chance that you will run it dry which can cause damage. Besides, this loop drains quickly without the pump.

This is good advise. Do not use the pump to drain the loop.

Place a "tee" in-line of the loop or a drain plug tee'ed off of a RAD.
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