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Poll Results: In light of EK's nickel failure, will you buy their blocks?

 
  • 39% (230)
    Yes, continue or consider using their blocks (copper or nickel)
  • 60% (354)
    No, I will look into other manufacturers.
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Does anyone know if the nickel plating issues apply to EK barbs as well
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Does anyone know if the nickel plating issues apply to EK barbs as well
I believe that it applies to anything that is corroded due to the substrate being susceptible to corrosion. I'm not sure though.

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Does anyone know if the nickel plating issues apply to EK barbs as well
If it was plated in the same bath or process, yea.
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Should I even bother using these barbs then? Gary at Sidewinder said he would stop selling all products affected by the issue...and since these have been in stock much later than that notice, I thought it would be fine...

Edit: here are the barbs
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ekhiflfig14t.html
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Should I even bother using these barbs then? Gary at Sidewinder said he would stop selling all products affected by the issue...and since these have been in stock much later than that notice, I thought it would be fine...

Edit: here are the barbs
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ekhiflfig14t.html
Just grab a flashlight and give them the good once over internally.

You don't want to see anything that looks like this. If you don't see it you should be fine. I contacted Performance-PCs' about 3 of my fittings. Should have been 4 but I didn't see the bare spot on my 4th one since it was on the bottom portion of the G1/4 thread.

It's not a plating issue. More of a mishandling issue. This one is a little of both.

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Just grab a flashlight and give them the good once over internally.

You don't want to see anything that looks like this. If you don't see it you should be fine. I contacted Performance-PCs' about 3 of my fittings. Should have been 4 but I didn't see the bare spot on my 4th one since it was on the bottom portion of the G1/4 thread.

It's not a plating issue. More of a mishandling issue. This one is a little of both.

~Ceadder
I don't see anything wrong with it?
Could you point it out?

Edit: nevermind.
I just looked at the inside of my barb and noticed that there is a dark mark. I'll take a picture of it...
And maybe I'll send an email to Gary to see if there is something wrong with the barb or if it is safe to use

Edit 2: notice the dark mark on the left side of the inside of the barb.

Should I be concerned?
Edited by kiwiasian - 6/26/11 at 8:41pm
post #987 of 1650
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I don't see anything wrong with it?
Could you point it out?

Edit: nevermind.
I just looked at the inside of my barb and noticed that there is a dark mark. I'll take a picture of it...
And maybe I'll send an email to Gary to see if there is something wrong with the barb or if it is safe to use

Edit 2: notice the dark mark on the left side of the inside of the barb.

Should I be concerned?
Sure. Here is something with a little more direction. I hope you're be able to read it.

Yeah I don't think it should look like that. I would see if they can get you a replacement.

~Ceadder

Edited by Ceadderman - 6/26/11 at 8:45pm
 
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post #988 of 1650
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Sure. Here is something with a little more direction. I hope you're be able to read it.

Yeah I don't think it should look like that. I would see if they can get you a replacement.

~Ceadder
Ah I see...hopefully you can get that replaced.

I just sent an email to Gary. I'll come back tomorrow to see if I can get it replaced.

Thanks Caedder for reminding me to check the inside of my barbs lol.
post #989 of 1650
Scratched black barbs is a cosmetic issue, not a metallurgical problem. Kiwi's spotty plated nickel barb on the other hand might be an issue because of the metal to metal contact.
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Scratched black barbs is a cosmetic issue, not a metallurgical problem. Kiwi's spotty plated nickel barb on the other hand might be an issue because of the metal to metal contact.
You're right. But one of 6 of my barbs is a metallurgical problem. As you can clearly see from the pic that I provided. If the scratch were inside the compression ring I wouldn't care at all. That's something that I can live with. Bare spots internally to the opening isn't a good thing and will promote corrosion. Hopefully Performance-PCs' will make good on these fittings.

And just going over them again, it seems that my fittings are 0 fer 6. Every one of them has bare spots internally.

Drat!

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