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OP. How much did the chrome plating cost you? Or did you buy it already plated? I wanted to get an estimate on how much chrome plating ran you. So far everyone that I have called has given me a price range from $250-$380 to plate 10ft. of 1/2" copper tubing. Pretty expensive IMO.
Also, anyone have a tutorial on how to polish these pipes to a mirror finish?
I got mine pre plated,you need to be careful with pre plated pipe,you can crack the chrome when you bend it.
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This is great guide, maybe include how you put them in the fittings? If there's some special you have to do so it doesn't leak or w/e smile.gif
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Now that we are using copper pipe, can we move from water to 134a?
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Now that we are using copper pipe, can we move from water to 134a?
You might as well look into phase change units then.rolleyes.gif
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Can you use compression fittings like you can with normal tubing or do have to add some sort of o-ring? Looks awesome btw
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Finally got my bender wheee.gif Copper tubing will be here tomorrow!

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Bookmarked.

Something I may do down the road.

What kind of maintenance would one expect going with copper tubing other than normal?
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Can you use compression fittings like you can with normal tubing or do have to add some sort of o-ring? Looks awesome btw

Unfortunately, normal compression fittings will not work because they squeeze the plastic tubing with an air tight seal the more you trun them. You cannot do this for copper pipng since it keeps its shape and cannot be squeezed. A normal 1/4 BP SLI fitting would work. Cheaper than compression fittings.

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Bookmarked.
Something I may do down the road.
What kind of maintenance would one expect going with copper tubing other than normal?

I don't see any maintanence issues with copper because all houses have them and no one touches them for decades. Not sure about dyes, but I don't think that should be an issue either.
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Bookmarked.

Something I may do down the road.

What kind of maintenance would one expect going with copper tubing other than normal?

It should be less, as you won't ever have to change tubing unless you change something in your system, this is the main reason I'm going copper.
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Thanks.

Future project for sure.
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