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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Something that didn't dawn on me about the Koolance fittings until I had to disassemble some hard pipe yesterday.
Since the fittings swivel, you can just unscrew them from a block without disturbing the ferrule. So for anyone worried about having to remove/replace the ferrule every time you want to disassemble the tubing, as long as you can unthread the lower portion from the block or whatever it's threaded into you don't need to disturb the ferrule at all.
Some thin pliers with tape or other suitable padding will keep the fitting from being scratched. I've thought about gluing split pieces of leftover soft tubing to my pliers to add some padding, as tape doesn't hold up very well.

So, maybe not as quick and elegant as push fittings, but for those wanting to use 3/8" or 1/2" pipe/tubing instead of metric, the Koolance fittings work out pretty good and look fairly decent, IMO.

Also I'm happy to report that the little bender I got from Lowes is working out well with the 3/8" chromed copper tubing.

thumb.gif Great info.
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I feel like ditching this plan again. frown.gif

Either I can get the 3/8" or 1/2" pipes for cheap, but the fittings are either too expensive for me or requires lathing the threads because they're too long.

Or I can get the 10mm fittings for cheap but then the 10mm copper pipes are stupidly expensive. I mean really... $50 for a meter worth? Ugh... frown.gif
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I feel like ditching this plan again. frown.gif

Either I can get the 3/8" or 1/2" pipes for cheap, but the fittings are either too expensive for me or requires lathing the threads because they're too long.

Or I can get the 10mm fittings for cheap but then the 10mm copper pipes are stupidly expensive. I mean really... $50 for a meter worth? Ugh... frown.gif

The US gets stiffed on metric tube....

Did you check the pipe list on the first post?
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I feel like ditching this plan again. frown.gif

Either I can get the 3/8" or 1/2" pipes for cheap, but the fittings are either too expensive for me or requires lathing the threads because they're too long.

Or I can get the 10mm fittings for cheap but then the 10mm copper pipes are stupidly expensive. I mean really... $50 for a meter worth? Ugh... frown.gif

Someone else here told me to check out CopperTubingSales.com
It's not on their web store so you have to place the order by phone. They sell the 5 meter pipes for around 50$. So I bought two.

You might have to fight with them a bit. They wanted to send me full lenghts or cut in two. But even cut in two, that's still 8 ft long, or a little over that. Just imagine the UPS charges for an 8 ft long package ...LOL

Talk to Aaron, he is the one who finally let me order it in 4 ft lenghts. I get the feeling these guys usually deal with orders much bigger than what we buy.

And B Neg, you should add CopperTubingSales.com to the first post. McMaster only ships to the USA and they are stupid expensive.

Cheers cheers.gif
Edited by PepeLapiu - 3/5/13 at 9:41pm
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Did you check the pipe list on the first post?

Yeah... McMaster's is $20 per 1 meter + shipping.
The links in OP for onlinemetals and electrontubes are actually 3/8" OD tubes. I don't know why they say (10mm) behind that. I don't think I can trust them? Considering they don't know that 3/8" =/= 10mm...

All the listings 10mm copper tubing on ebay are coming from UK. Which I think shipping would be expensive?

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Originally Posted by PepeLapiu View Post

Someone else here told me to check out CopperTubingSales.com
It's not on their web store so you have yo make the order by phone. They sell the 5 meter pipes for around 50$. So I bought two.

You might have to fight with them a bit. They wanted to send me full lenghts or cut in two. But even cut in two, that's still 8 ft long, or a little over that. Just image the UPS charges for an 8 ft long package ...LOL

Talk to Aaron, he is the one who finally let me order it in 4 ft lenghts. I get the feeling these guys usually dealcwith orders much bigger than what we buy.

And B Neg, you should add CopperTubingSales.com to the first post. McMaster only ships tobthe USA and the are stupid expensive.

Cheers cheers.gif

Pretty sure I only need like 6 ft worth. 8 ft for safety net. They won't deal by email? I have a hard enough time making ANY phone calls at work.
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I finally got around to ordering and now have received my 10mm tubing from McMaster Carr. It ended up being $68 for 3 meters which I didn't think was that bad. Now I just hope my cheap bender is up to the task lol. Hopefully will have a few test bends going by this weekend.
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What I like about the 3/8" & 1/2" tubing is the availability in the US. Anytime I need some I can hop down to Lowes or Home Depot and pick some up. The chromed tubing is more expensive since we're talking about specialty or plumbing uses, and most I've found is only around 20-30" in length, but if one goes with plain copper Lowes sells the 3/8" x 10' coils cheap enough.

So with these sizes either you pay around $10 each for Koolance fittings or get the industrial push fittings which I believe require turning down the threads to an acceptable length on a lathe.

I like the idea of push fits, but I don't see the industrial fittings for 3/8" & 1/2" tubing looking as good as the ones offered for metric tubing from vendors like Aquatuning, etc, who have some really nice looking fittings. IMO.
But then as B NEG says we get rooked on metric tubing prices here in the States.

So it gets down to prices and preferences, as with anything water cooling.
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Here are some pics of my fittings biggrin.gif Hope to get some test bends done with the annealed Cu this week/weekend. (sorry for the crappy pics from the cell)

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Here are some pics of my fittings biggrin.gif Hope to get some test bends done with the annealed Cu this week/weekend. (sorry for the crappy pics from the cell)
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I have been asked a few times now how i bent my pipe for my SR 2 build,so i decided to do a little walk thru.

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