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I have only ever dealt with compression fittings so I have no experience of using barbs, but what are considered good ones and bad ones, are these any good?

And where about on the barb would you attach them, close to the end of the tube, around the middle, nearer the end of the barb? Is it safer to use a couple of them on the same barb (they look quite thin)?

Thanks in advance and +reps
post #2 of 9
They do the job, so long as you do them up good and tight. They can be difficult to remove until you get the hang of it, but they are re-usable.

Personally I prefer the spring steel type, I find them easier to install and remove and they create a very tight seal. They also keep the pressure up as the tube deforms over time - something that no other clips do.


Jubile clamps also work, although they don't look great. If you do use them be sure not to over tighten the clamp. Also the band can sometimes have sharp edges which may damage your tubing.


The hex type look pretty sweet but are expensive. A low cost option is to use zip ties although these can be difficult to get tight (use pliers) and remove (cut them off).
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Just use some zip ties. Or you could go with barbs that are just a bit larger than the ID of your tube and go clampless. For example, use 1/2" barbs with 7/16" ID tube
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I was looking at the steel spring clips too, but I can't see how they can provide enough pressure to keep the tube secure, I tried to find a video of someone applying them so I could see how they work but wasn't able to find any, are you supposed to bend the metal bit back around to secure them once on and make them as tight as possible?
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Originally Posted by morencyam View Post

Just use some zip ties. Or you could go with barbs that are just a bit larger than the ID of your tube and go clampless. For example, use 1/2" barbs with 7/16" ID tube



The barbs are fixed 3/8 barbs (groan) on the maximus v formula motherboard, while the rest of my system uses standard G1/4" threads and 1/2ID tubing, so I have to use one of these reducer things leading into the mobo barbs and then another one on the outlet side to get it to fit with my loop. Unless anyone has any simpler solutions/ideas?
Edited by paradoxum - 12/3/12 at 9:33am
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I was looking at the steel spring clips too, but I can't see how they can provide enough pressure to keep the tube secure, I tried to find a video of someone applying them so I could see how they work but wasn't able to find any, are you supposed to bend the metal bit back around to secure them once on and make them as tight as possible?

This is how they are applied:




You slide them onto the tube before you put the tube onto the barb.

Once you have put the tube on the barb you use pliers (or fingers if you are super strong) to compress the two tabs - making the diameter of the clamp wider.

You slip the widened clamp to the end of the tube and release the tabs. The clamp then springs back to compress the tube.

You don't need to bend anything to fit and they are very tight, no worries there.


Edit:

Awesome Paint Diagram:


Edited by GingerJohn - 12/3/12 at 9:52am
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post

This is how they are applied:

You slide them onto the tube before you put the tube onto the barb.
Once you have put the tube on the barb you use pliers (or fingers if you are super strong) to compress the two tabs - making the diameter of the clamp wider.
You slip the widened clamp to the end of the tube and release the tabs. The clamp then springs back to compress the tube.
You don't need to bend anything to fit and they are very tight, no worries there.
Edit:
Awesome Paint Diagram:

Still not getting it but i'm sure i'll figure it out when I can try them in person, it can't be that hard. I guess i'll go with some of those then.
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To be honest they are pretty cheap, if you only need two you could buy a couple of each type and see which you prefer.
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The barbs are fixed 3/8 barbs (groan) on the maximus v formula motherboard, while the rest of my system uses standard G1/4" threads and 1/2ID tubing, so I have to use one of these reducer things leading into the mobo barbs and then another one on the outlet side to get it to fit with my loop. Unless anyone has any simpler solutions/ideas?


Regarding the problem here of the motherboard having fixed barbs smaller than the G1/4" 1/2 ID fittings/tubing I use in the rest of my system, would there be any simpler methods of attaching that block to my loop other than using two of these reducers on each side? The barbs can't be removed or replaced.
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