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What's the best way to Drain a loop?

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I have an xspc kit i installed a few months ago. Was wondering when i go to drain this thing what is the easiest way? Do i need to take the cpu block off and remove the compression fittings to drain it?
post #2 of 14
I would do it from the rad or the res. That would be the easiest I would think but I would also think it would vary due to how your loop is set up.
post #3 of 14
The quickest, easiest way to drain without a drainloop? Cut the tube biggrin.gif It's quite messy though if you're not careful...

On a more serious note, you could try to unscrew the compression-part of the fitting, thus making it possible to just drag the tube off.

Edit:
Gravity works, drain it from the lowest possible position in your loop.
post #4 of 14
You could always clamp down the tube and remove the fitting.
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Res. Is a bay mount. 360 rad is mounted up top so the lowest point is the cpu block. Planning on adding another rad and some gpu blocks in the future. Worth it to invest in quick disconnects or are they restrictive? Just seems like it's going to be a pain in the ass to drain without making a mess.
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Res. Is a bay mount. 360 rad is mounted up top so the lowest point is the cpu block. Planning on adding another rad and some gpu blocks in the future. Worth it to invest in quick disconnects or are they restrictive? Just seems like it's going to be a pain in the ass to drain without making a mess.

Easiest way to drain that loop? If you are going to take the CPU block off anyway, then do that first, hold the block outside the case / over a bowl then take one of the tubes off it. Otherwise, if you have left enough tubing to pull the res clear of the case then do so and remove one of the tubes from it.


In future, yes a single Quick Disconnect can be useful. QDs are not all that restrictive, but it is still better to minimize the number of them. There are plenty of different options, personally I use a T-piece mounted on my lower radiator with an extender and a plug coming off it. I find that it is a cheap and efficient solution that takes up minimal space:
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The extender protrudes far enough that I can get a bowl under it, but not so far that I can't close the side panel. Bowl under, uncap res, remove plug, done.
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What I did is connect a long tube to the reservoir and turn case so it was the lowest point in the water loop holding tube up, then laid tube on ground lower than the res and drained what I could. The I cracked open and unused port in my radiator to get it flowing out (like a gas can).

I did buy an inline valve to do this, but couldn't fit it in my case in the direction it would need to go to drain. In the future will add a bitspower valve.
post #9 of 14

Personally, from the reservoir, I do a siphon and empty what I can from the loop. From there, I disconnect the tube safely and empty what left.

 

This is how I do it. You need a small tube to do it. I use and empty electric wire from and unknown cable, work great.

 

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post #10 of 14
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Hmmm.. Siphon might work. I left enough tube to pull the res far enough out to get to the fill hole but not enough to take it all the way out. Rad is at the top so it should keep emptying into the res. I'm using AIO coolers on my 7950's but plan on getting an extra rad and hopefully a pair of 290x's in the future with full blocks..
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