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What do you use as inhibitor then?
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I'm no chemist (I was happy to take a D+ in college chemistry redface.gif), I've only read that glycol (ethylene glycol - antifreeze) either contains alcohol or is a form of alcohol.

You're probably confusing ethylene glycol (Ethylene Alcohol) with ethyl alcohol (aka Ethanol). They are very, very different.

Much as 60ml of 200 proof ethyl alcohol is consumable in a 24 hour period with minimal side effect (aside from probably being drunk), the same amount of wood alcohol (aka methanol) could kill you, and will most likely blind you.
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I had a friend use a glycol mixture and it dissolved the glue or whatever held his XSPC acrylic reservoir together. He came home to a completely flooded pc. It almost looked like the xspc reservoir exploded as the sides of it pushed out. I've been paranoid ever since and just run distilled to be safe.
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About the only inhibitors you can buy come in glycol base, some by necessity for solubility reasons, others because what is available is made for cars where altering boiling +/- freezing points are beneficial. There are concentrated inhibitors where you only need to use ~2% glycol, if your interested in just inhibitors. Glycol has no use in computer water cooling (ghetto rad cooling using freezing temps aside), other than minimum amount to add inhibitors, if your interested in using inhibitors.

And yep, you cant use glycol with anything glued, as it dissolves glue, unless the manufacturer specifically states its ok, though most bay res with glue will warn against glycol use. That being said, I would never use anything glued together in my water loop.
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I had a friend use a glycol mixture and it dissolved the glue or whatever held his XSPC acrylic reservoir together. He came home to a completely flooded pc. It almost looked like the xspc reservoir exploded as the sides of it pushed out. I've been paranoid ever since and just run distilled to be safe.

What kind of mixture was it?

Glue? IIRC, most reservoirs are welded, not glued. it's entirely possible that res would've crapped out anyways. Glue sounds like a terribad idea...
 
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I'd look into Mayhems XT-1 if you want to use an additive to water in a computer. It contains everything you need, even inhibitors. thumb.gif
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What kind of mixture was it?
Glue? IIRC, most reservoirs are welded, not glued. it's entirely possible that res would've crapped out anyways. Glue sounds like a terribad idea...

He is a big car guy and used some mixture containing a small amount of some high end pink antifreeze that contained a form of Glycol. It's possible something else was in the antifreeze that caused the corrosion to the acrylic weld. We just know that the reservoir failed at the seems. I wonder if pressure had built up in his system first because it literally was a cartographic failure, vs a small leak. I believe he had a corresponding with XSPC telling them what ingredients were in the antifreeze and none of them were supposedly unsafe for reservoir. It's possible it was a bad batch of reservoirs. I had bought one around the same time and I got rid of it just in case. This was about 2 years ago.
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I'd look into Mayhems XT-1 if you want to use an additive to water in a computer. It contains everything you need, even inhibitors. thumb.gif

Interesting but the only place selling it is for 20$ + 20$ shipping...

Other alternative would be to get glycol for car engine... Herm, I don't know if that's a good idea though. I will check when I have the time, I have some research to do.
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Interesting but the only place selling it is for 20$ + 20$ shipping...
Other alternative would be to get glycol for car engine... Herm, I don't know if that's a good idea though. I will check when I have the time, I have some research to do.

Talk to Mick from Mayhems. Are you looking on the Mayhems site?
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Talk to Mick from Mayhems. Are you looking on the Mayhems site?

No, it is based in the US, I live in CA so shipping can be quite expensive frown.gif
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