Originally Posted by crabby654
Noob question #138972 by me!
Something I was curious about, how do tubes kink up or twist after awhile? This is something that confused me because I noticed people buy and use anti-kink wires I think that are wrapped around the tubing. I just don't understand how tubes can twist or kink after awhile.
If you twist the tubing while connecting the ends or bend the tubing too sharp or into the opposite curve that the tubing has been shaped from being in a roll, the tubing may kink or start to collapse. You can use hot water to shape the tubing or make it straight, or make a curve into is also. I personally check for collapsing or kinks when I'm installing tubing by trial fitting spare tubing to see how it reacts. I always start with a longer piece (about 1-1.5 inches) and then reduce it to get the correct shape needed without kinking the tubing.