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post #1 of 11
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I know alot of people have different opinions on this subject. Alot of people like the plastic ones, some like the worm clamps, some like the spring clamps, and some even prefer 2-3 zipties.

What i want to know is, which one of this methods is the most secure. I dont care about fashion. I want to know which has the smallest chance of leaking.

thanx for any help.
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post #2 of 11
7/16th ID tubing on 1/2 barbs is so secure you don't need clamps, so clamps on top of that would be super-secure. I think the worm clamps are the most secure, spring clamps can loose their spring and plastic clamps teeth can break.

Metal Worm + 7/16 on 1/2 = Most secure.
post #3 of 11
Worm clamps over a metal barb are the most secure, I've been through all the rest and use those now - no way there gonna leak.
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post #4 of 11
Any type of actual clamp will work, maybe a smaller tubing vs larger barbs... I use plastic clips right now but waiting on the next upgrade/drain to put on my resuable metal hose clamps (http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=24886).
post #5 of 11
Imho, the most secure are worm-drive clamps.

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post #6 of 11
Worm clamps are good, cheap and reliable, the only thing to watch is that you don't over tighten them. They can sometimes have sharp edges on the band and with the tension that you can put into them they can easily damage the tubing.

Really any clamp is going to be fine, install it properly and you should have no problems.
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post #7 of 11
I went with the worm clamps that you can get at hardware stores. I figured they looked the most secured but that's my opinion: some find that the ties work great with a bonus of their low profile as well. I finished my water loop yesterday with the worm clamps and ran the loop with no leaks through the whole night. Haven't tried anything else but someone will probably have more to say about other clamps.
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post #8 of 11
IMO the metal spring clips are probably the nicest looking clamps you can get.
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post #9 of 11
Lower tubing over higher barb + clamps (any) is secure enough from leaking.

Just note that in most cases using that method, you will have to cut the tube in order to take it off the bard.
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post
Worm clamps are good, cheap and reliable, the only thing to watch is that you don't over tighten them. They can sometimes have sharp edges on the band and with the tension that you can put into them they can easily damage the tubing.

Really any clamp is going to be fine, install it properly and you should have no problems.
A very valuable cautionary tale, there.

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