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so i spent last night disassembling my ek gtx 680 ftw waterblock to clean. i guess distilled water and silver kill coil isn't good enough. note: i flushed my rads, but i not the cpu and gpu blocks. as you can see...



after 30 minutes of scrubbing with a toothbrush w/ ketchup and rinsing with distill, it turned out pretty good...



but the nightmare began. my god, this gasket is such a pain in the rear! idk how to keep it in the groove for me to put the block back together...




it was expanded, so i shrunk it by putting in the freezer for 2 hours. its now flush with the groove, but it still won't stick, especially since the groove is so shallow. i had my girl help me, but it still won't sit. i haven't rolled it or anything. the groove is so complex, idk how the hell. im about to just use some super glue, but i figured i ask here. i saw a ek rep here - dude, how the hell did u guys get this damn gasket in the first place? suggestions please...
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I'm sure glue would be fine. Just do a very very small amount of it so that you can in the future remove it.
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I'm sure glue would be fine. Just do a very very small amount of it so that you can in the future remove it.
thanks, its my last resort. i don't want to, but i think i have no choice. there's is no way in hell im disassembling my second block. is there any way to flush and clean my second block without disassembling? like can i run my pump through the block to flush out the excess gunk. what should i use?
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I also take underwater photographs, when putting the o=rings into the housing I use a very slight smear of a specialy formulated silicone grease. It will be perfect for what you need, just enough stickyness(if thats a word) too hold the o-ring in place and no adverse effects. It will also make sure you get a perfect seal.
Sea & sea is the brand I use http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/98061-REG/Sea_Sea_SS_01900_Silicone_Grease.html
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I also take underwater photographs, when putting the o=rings into the housing I use a very slight smear of a specialy formulated silicone grease. It will be perfect for what you need, just enough stickyness(if thats a word) too hold the o-ring in place and no adverse effects. It will also make sure you get a perfect seal.
Sea & sea is the brand I use http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/98061-REG/Sea_Sea_SS_01900_Silicone_Grease.html

This or just plumbers grease (silicone) will work wonders. You can get it at any hardware store. I redo all my fitting o-rings, block o-ring and my koolance reservoir o-ring. It also helps them last longer (ie: not dry out).

Good luck!
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Not sure if this method will work, but I figured out the trick on my EK reservoir with a big gasket that made we want to kill myself.

You have to put down a corner of the gasket and then slide the plexi cover sideways over it (with light pressure to hold the entire gasket in the groove) to "lock" your work in. Keep working in one direction until the plexi is lined up with all the screw holes. You have to go really slow.
Edited by dr/owned - 3/4/13 at 7:32am
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aw damn. too late, i already used the super glue. it worked like a charm! wasn't going to clean my second block because the frustration i had with the first. but im going to manually clean it, and use the silicone grease for the gasket. thanks for the suggestions!
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