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Hey guys, So about a month or so ago I ruined my graphics card when the acrylic pipe leaked all over my card thus shorting it. ( The problem was that the fans failed, computer heated up, pipe probably melted at the joint and therefore leaked. ) What can I do to prevent this.. can I use teflon tape or something? Or should I ditch the piping completely and just trade my fittings for some normal fittings? I just want an opinion. Btw only one of the joints leaked, the other ones were rock solid. (getting my rma card back today)
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You could setup your fan controller and computer to shut down immediately if a fan fails and you don't have a backup solution to a single fan going down.
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Originally Posted by wermad View Post

Do you know the 90° radius that results w/ this tube size (3/4 od)?

Chris aka Mosquito has the build at his place, I asked him to get that number, one of us will get that for you by the end of day.
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post

The thing about the Monsoon kit, is that it was made FOR acrylic tubing. It isn't re-purposed. I went through about 4 feet of acrylic in just testing bends, heating properly, etc, but the mandrels do exactly what they were designed to do, and the included saw with miter box is incredibly handy to cut down the acrylic. Then it comes with a pipe reamer that allows you to not only chamfer the inside of the pipe, but the outside as well. There's definitely a learning curve, but if you watch the videos in the OP that BNeg linked to, and follow his instructions, everything becomes much simpler.

I've been using E-22 tubing with Bitspower's new Acrylic/Hard fittings because it's a much smaller ID/OD than anything in the US. Using large fittings and tubing on an Impact board was definitely a no-go. So far, no issues.

I dunno about McMaster's tubing, haven't worked with it, but then again, I don't like UV colored items in my rig. I've never seen a UV rig that made me feel like "wow, I want to do that." It's just personal preference, really.

I'm going to go ahead, pick up the mandrels and cutting kit, seems much cleaner than all this guess work. I have yet to sell myself on the rulers but who knows. The heat gun is never available, we have a 1200 watt locally for 20 or 1500 for 40 that's digital, question is, will 1200 watt work sufficiently? I think the digital and twice the price is overkill.
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The t. ng about the Monsoon kit, is that it was made FOR acrylic tubing. It isnt re-purposed. I went through about 4 feet of acrylic in just testing bends, heating properly, etc, but the do exactly what they were designed to do, and the included saw with miter box is incredibly handy to cut down the acrylic. Then it comes with a pipe reamer that allows you to not only chamfer the inside of the pipe, but the outside as well. There's definitely a learning curve, but if you watch the videos in the OP that BNeg linked to, and follow his instructions, everything becomes much simpler.

I've been using E-22 tubing with Bitspower's new Acrylic/Hard fittings because it's a much smaller ID/OD than anything in the US. Using large fittings and tubing on an Impact board was definitely a no-go. So far, no issues.

I dunno about McMaster's tubing, haven't worked with it, but then again, I don't like UV colored items in my rig. I've never seen a UV rig that made me feel like "wow, I want to do that." It's just personal preference, really.

I'm going to go ahead, pick up the mandrels and cutting kit, seems much cleaner than all this guess work. I have yet to sell myself on the rulers but who knows. The heat gun is never available, we have a 1200 watt locally for 20 or 1500 for 40 that's digital, question is, will 1200 watt work sufficiently? I think the digital and twice the price is overkill.

The rulers are actually essential to measuring your bends correctly. There isn't a part of the kit I haven't used. For a heat gun, the 20 dollar model will work fine, I have 15 dollar heat gun from microcenter I bought years ago that works. Everything in the monsoon kit is used in doing acrylic work, it's honestly very cheap for the use you get out of it, not to mention the results.
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Pretty much this ^^

I thought I could go without the measuring kit...nope.Too hard. Gave up and bought the kit. smile.gif
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I honestly have had very little use for the rulers. I have tried using them the way they were shown in the video but found them inaccurate. Using an adjustable square, the 90 degree mandrel, and a piece of scrap tubing is how I do all my measuring now. tongue.gif

All I use from the kit are the 180 and 90 mandrels, the heatgun, the saw, the reamer, the gloves, and the miter box.
Edited by lowfat - 4/9/14 at 11:28am
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Chris aka Mosquito has the build at his place, I asked him to get that number, one of us will get that for you by the end of day.

Thanks smile.gif

Just stopped by e-plastics.com and spent ~$27 for four lengths of 6' tubes. Got a nice discount from the guys there smile.gif. McMasterCarr.com has shipped my silicone rod and since they're in socal, it usually arrives in the next couple of days.


For the tight motherboard area, I may just go w/ a bunch of 90°s fittings (male to male) if the radius is too large to loop my several blocks w/ bends. As large as my STH10 is, these 140mm rads do make it very cramp so plumbing will need some modding of the case smile.gif.
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post

The rulers are actually essential to measuring your bends correctly. There isn't a part of the kit I haven't used. For a heat gun, the 20 dollar model will work fine, I have 15 dollar heat gun from microcenter I bought years ago that works. Everything in the monsoon kit is used in doing acrylic work, it's honestly very cheap for the use you get out of it, not to mention the results.

I might go ahead and try the measure tools then, I've got someone I've talked into going into acrylic also, pitching in on the tools with me, make it a little more affordable which is a funny word with all I've put into this computer so far...
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Every time I've used the rulers my results have been terrific, and as Geno mentioned, you always add more length than what you measure to either end to allow for placement in the fitting, and allowing you to cut to length. Not a single issue with the rulers on my end.
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