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Wrong Tubing for Compressions

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I'll keep this short.

I ordered and XSPC Kit 3 months ago. Around that time I learned about the plasticizer issue, so I decided to buy some duralene from Petras to use instead of the stock xspc colored tubing that came with the kit. Because of the issue Petras, was actually back ordered like crazy, and I did not receive my tubing for about a month. I ordered 7/16 5/8 tubing to match the compressions that came with the XSPC Kit.

Real life stuff hit me hard, and delayed my starting on my watercooling kit for another 2 months after I received the tubing. I started a couple days ago, and realized something strange. The duralene tubing I ordered was thinner than the XSPC stock tubing, which leads me to believe that Petras, in their haste to get out orders, had sent me the incorrect tubing size. They, in fact, sent me tubing that was thinner in both OD and ID than the 7/16 5/8. What's worse is that I stupidly did not check the tubing the day I received it, so this was also my fault.

The tubing is so thin that the "compression" portion does not even touch the outside of the tubing. The tubing's ID is so tight, the tubing needs to be heated in hot water to fit over the barb, creating a ridiculously tight seal.

So, the tubing is essentially thinner than the compression in all ways. My question is, since a compression is essentially a plain barb with a compression wrapped around it, can I treat it as a plain barb by removing the compression screw and sticking a worm drive around it? Or is there no alternative but to order the correct 7/16 5/8 tubing (or ask Petras if they'll still honor a replacement, seeing as I haven't cut any of the tubing yet). I really don't want to waste anymore time and would like to get this done, and the aesthetics don't bother me too much. Hell, the threads around the drive will add a spire kind of look to my loop that might look cool.

tl'dr: Can I remove the compression band from a compression barb and treat it like a regular barb, use a tighter tubing, and stick a worm drive around it, aesthetics be damned? Or does the nature of the compression make it a requirement to use the compression band and the correct tubing?

Thanks in advanced.
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You can seal it off with a worm drive fine as long as you make sure to seal it tightly.
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