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Very nice case and installation by the way.
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I tap the lines with my fillport alen wrench & leave the top off for days on end & tap the lines when I wake up and go to bed. Only if I'm planning on keeping it the way it is for a long time that is...
    
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You could move the T to the top of the loop too... maybe use an ebow so you can still route it where you have it now.
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Very good point CD!
    
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I don`t know if it`s even feasible here, but in the HVAC business when we`re doing service on hydronic systems (chilled/hot water loops), we use a part called an automatic vent. It is a cylindrical shaped item made from copper and it has a float valve inside. The inlet end has a small male pipe fitting (some autovents are made small enough to have a 1/8" pipe fitting), and a relief port consists of a schrader valve similar to a bicycle valve. This device is plumbed vertically so air will vent from the schrader valve. When enough air enters the autovent, the valve allows the air to escape through the schrader valve and then shuts off when water level in the autovent rises about halfway. A small one of these devices might be useful if a 1/8" pipe to barb (you pick the barb size) adapter were used. However, the key to making this work effectively would be to install this device at the highest point in the suction line of the pump loop, as `Druid`s red arrow shows.

Another idea to further enhance the above would be to mount an expansion tank of some sort where trapped air could rise to. It would only need to be about 1/5th the total volume of your cooling loop. The best shape for it would be cylindrical, with it being three times longer than its diameter. The only line needed for plumbing would be one at the bottom of the tank which would be teed into the suction side of the water loop. Although this might be cumbersome for some folks, it would be the surest method of getting bubbles to rise away from critical flow areas. The expansion tank would also take pressure stress off the loop when water temperatures would rise when the system would not be in operation. Of course, careful piping and component arrangement would be necessary to allow the air to rise to the highest point possible.
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Thanks HAVC, those with external WC could put that expansion tank concept to fruitfull use.
May just have given me my next project.
  
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That is a good one...A nice little pop-off valve....
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