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post #31 of 61
WOW how did that happen!?
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post #32 of 61
Great news! Glad that the motherboard is functional. Let's hope there is no more leak from that CPU block.
    
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I am wondering why OP used the zip tie on the tube in first place?
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post #34 of 61
Congrats op nice work!!! thumb.gif
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Congratulations OP, happy we could help you out smile.gif
post #36 of 61
i know a lot of people believe in zipties, but I would never use them personally. I have always used compression fittings myself along with quality tubing and a tubing cutter for even cuts on the tubing

yes it is more expensive, but a lot of us have expensive hardware... to me, it's worth the piece of mind.
post #37 of 61
Use worm-drive hose clamps and be absolutely sure nothing will ever go wrong for dirt cheap! Looks out of place you say? Nonsense, just build an industrial/steampunk themed system wink.gif

On a more serious tone, lots of people use zipties. They're smaller, cheaper, more easily obtainable, and (subjectively) better looking than wormdrives. Of course they have their downsides, but it's still better than going clamp-less (naked tube on a barb) as many users also do for aesthetic purposes.
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post #38 of 61
My personal opinion on clamps:

Zip-ties:
Pros
Cheap, somewhat effective, can get different colours, available everywhere, one size fits all.

Cons
Can be hard to get tight, one use only, can look "cheap" (subjective)

Worm drives
Pros
Easy to tighten, fairly cheap, widely available, reusable.

Cons
Can easily overtighten, can have sharp edges on bands which cut tubing, looks arn't great (subjective)

Plastic clamps:
Pros
Colours, look slightly better than worm drives, reusable

Cons
Can be hard to tighten, difficult to remove, have to find the right size

Spring steel clamps
Pros
Tight seal, spring clamp so adjusts for any change in tubing, look good, fairly easy to use, reusable.

Cons
Strong fingers or pliers needed, not always available, limited colours, have to get the right size

Clampless 7/16" tubing over 1/2" barbs
Pros
Looks great, provides a tight seal, cheapest solution

Cons
Possible for tubing to work free over time, can be hard to fit


Overall the spring steel clamps are my favourite. I like how they adjust to the tubing over time, how easy they are to apply and remove and how they look. One of the things I found when using zip ties and plastic clamps was that I would get it nice and tight to start with, then when I checked them a few weeks later they had become loose. Not because the clamp had changed, but because the tubing underneath them had. When I took them off I found that the tubing had compressed under the clamp. This does not happen with spring steel clamps or worm drives (proivded you tighten them properly).

In the end it is down to personal preference. All of the methods I mentioned can work just fine provided they are done right.
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post #39 of 61
I'm cheap and can't afford fancy compression fittings, so my personal rig gets steel spring clamps (just like GingerJohn). Although I've used every type of clamp known to man at some points in the past.
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post #40 of 61
I have gone naked tubing with primochill LRT and 1/2in XSPC barbs. It worked great for me, and was impossible to get the tubing off without cutting it once it had been on there for a while. My current tubing is really cheap stuff and I am using dual zip ties and it is barely enough. I had a leak the first time when I only had one zip tie. I would recommend 2 zip ties, one before, and one after the edge of the barb.

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Edited by thrasherht - 4/13/12 at 9:45am
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