Originally Posted by BelowAverageIQ
Thank you ALL for the fantastic replies, ideas and help. I can't wait. Hopefully I can get it to work and it will look ok and more importantly not leak.
Will try our equivalent of Home Depot here in Australia noting the tube size needed, other will try a drill bit reamer and sand paper. With the coping saw, I assume you Mark a nice 90 degree line for a straight cut?
Size is immaterial.... that one in pic works for like 1/4" thru 1.5"
Did bunch of tubes last night .... what I learned ..... mostly for the "non benders"
1. If you meticulous plan your layout and order the exact amount of fittings you need, the ones you bought just in case will find a need in your loop to be there and the ones you bought a lot of wind up left over.....OK exaggerating a bit but I did run out of 45's .... didn't think id need any, bought 2, need 4 and I did run outta 30mm extensions (bought 2 need 3) an M X M extenders (bought 2 need 4).
2, Buy tape.... I used this cause it was convenient ... should be easy enough to get at local hardware store.
2" x 180' Modding Masking Tape
Center the tape about where ya think you'll need the cut ....measure it up mark the tape, cut the line....glue keeps dust down. The hand saw in the EK kit is fine..... think I'll grab a fine blade for my scroll saw tomorrow.
3. Handy to have a spare C47 fitting and 30mm extender available ....starting with a fill 19.5" tube I reamed both ends so always had one clean side. After cutting a short piece, connect the C47 and 30mm extension to the clean side if the tube. This gives you something to grip when chamfering the freshly cut end of the tube.....and keeps ya knuckles from getting reamed
4. Caliper very handy for those tough to accurately measure cuts .... take best guess.... cut, measure.... ream edges, test fit ..... measure.... take off 1 , 2 whatever mm at a time using caliper to measure progress.
5. 200 waterproof (usually black) sand paper great for final edge finish, layout newspaper and rub edge 5-6 times back and forth after reaming and rinsing (hence the waterproof) .... if ya cut is off 90....too much to sand, dremel with grind wheel works wonders.
Originally Posted by lowfat
Not sure why you'd need a special tool for deburring. Just use a file. It takes like 5 seconds.
Deburring probably a bad word to describe the what I think is one of the tasks being discussed......on any piping / tubing where ya want a tight fit it is common to chamfer the pipe edge of the pipe / tube.
EK-HD Tube is solid type extruded acrylic tubing intended to be used with EK-HD Adapter fittings. ..... It is mandatory to chamfer the edges of freshly cut tube in order to prevent gasket (O-ring) damage. EK recommends a 0,5mm x 45° chamfer.
Personally, mandatory seems a strong word but it sure did make assembly a lot easier. Forgot once or twice and it was a bit harder ..... every fitting slipped in easily with just water as lubricant.Edited by JackNaylorPE - 11/21/13 at 10:25pm