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The people with bitspower compression fittings, how do you tighten them (the barb)? Finger tight? Use some kind of tool?

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I did mine as tight as I could by hand. Seems to work perfectly. I believe if you get ambitious and start cranking on it with some pliers, you could crush the tube and ruin the seal.
    
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Hand tightening is fine. When i mocked up my system, i actually high tighten and tugged on the tubing to make sure it was snug and not going anywhere.
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Sounds like your both talking about the actually fitting that compresses the tubing. I meant the actual barb tightening onto for example the water block.
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Sounds like your both talking about the actually fitting that compresses the tubing. I meant the actual barb tightening onto for example the water block.
It still applies. I only hand-tightened both of my loops.
    
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Personally, I tighten as much as possible by hand and then follow up with pliers until I encounter wee bit of resistance. You need to get the feel for this because you do not want to crush the O-ring(s). However, the snugger the fit the better obviously and the less likely you are to spring any kind of leak at the thread.
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It still applies. I only hand-tightened both of my loops.
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post #8 of 9
Any advice on tightening compression fittings in difficult-to-reach places? I ordered a small pair of pliers but honestly not sure how much its gonna help. rolleyes.gif
post #9 of 9
I just picked up some monsoon fittings. Hope they will be easier to tighten in small spaces.

When I connect a fitting to a block I use Teflon tape and tighten just beyond finger tight using a wrench. On the tubing, as tight as you can get with your fingers is fine. Just remember to check the fittings after the system runs for a week or two as the tubing will settle and you will find that you can tighten the fittings a little more with your finger.

In some situations I have attached the tubing to the fitting before installing the equipment. My res/rad bend is pretty tight.
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