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Alright so I want to know all about fittings.

The size tubing I want to use is 1/2inch and u assume worth 3/8 interior size.

So I would need 3/8 fittings correct?

Also the whole barbs v.s. Compression fittings, not sure start to go with any real reason other than looks?
 
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Barbs and clamps tend to be the cheaper option, compression fittings tend to be the better looking option. Both are reliable and secure if used correctly.

You need to know the Inner Diameter (ID) and Outer Diameter (OD) of your tubing. Know, not guess. The site you are buying off with list the ID and OD.

For barbs:
Match the ID of the tubing to the barb.*
Match the OD of the tubing to the clamp - some clamps give a size range.

For compression fittings:
Match the ID and the OD of the tube to the fitting.


* The only exception to this is when you use larger barbs than the tubing ID, for example 1/2" barbs with 7/6" ID tubing. The tube is stretched over the barb and can remove the need for clamps for a clean look. If you choose to go this route be very careful to make sure that the tube is tight on the fitting, can't be pulled off and is under no tension that will loosen it over time.
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