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This is WHY i am scared of trying full custom water cooling and i always wanted to but there comes a huge risk. I wish they can make things easier for us.
post #12 of 34
If you have a rad puncture, not always will there be a constant leak. It depends how deep and where the hole is. It may only be showing up when the pump is on. I had a rad that did this once, and it had to have been such a tiny hole since only a drop would show anywhere about every few minutes or so when running. 1 drop would accumulate at the base of my rad and sometimes dry before it dripped.

Most rads are better designed so that the mount holes are staggered between the channels in the rad, or they have a deeper offset.

For 78@pwnt4lif3:

Most watercooling prevention takes place at loop setup and build. Taking steps and precautions during this time typically ensures far fewer issues later.
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post #13 of 34
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So any thing I can do or just try to isolate the problem and report back with my findings?

My dad came over to help me out that day and decided it was a good idea to tighten all the barbs really tight with a wrench. Could this be making the hairline crack? If so then should I loosen all the barbs or is the damage already done?
Edited by Live_free - 2/4/11 at 11:37am
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This is WHY i am scared of trying full custom water cooling and i always wanted to but there comes a huge risk. I wish they can make things easier for us.
its not risky as long as you know what your doing.
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So any thing I can do or just try to isolate the problem and report back with my findings?

My dad came over to help me out that day and decided it was a good idea to tighten all the barbs really tight with a wrench. Could this be making the hairline crack? If so then should I loosen all the barbs or is the damage already done?
This is where you went wrong, you over tightened...all you need is to get them snug/hand tight.
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I didn't know that for sure but was pretty sure but he insisted. If it's unsalvageable he said he'd pay for it.

Should I undo all the fittings and put them back on by hand? Or is the damage already done? Will this overtightning mess up all my barbs and blocks? As in it's already all cracked/susceptible easily to cracking.
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post #17 of 34
Well, if you can, bypass your rad with an inline fitting adapter (like $1 at hardware stores. See if you have any other leaks. Then go back, reapply fittings/tubing HAND TIGHT only. Make sure you don't have damage o-rings. If you do, replace.

If you've tightened acrylic block fittings, there is a chance...re-do your setup, hand tighten, leak test by jumpering your PSU.
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post #18 of 34
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I will do that. Gonna drain it all out but leak test it first to isolate the issue. Then if everything is ok re tighten it and see if I can fix the rad. If it's the only issue looks like my dads buying a new rad for messing that one up.
post #19 of 34
I punctured my rad, bought a new one.. not worth it.
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post #20 of 34
Hi,

And while down add a T-Line into loop so you can drain
if you ever have to drain the system.

Pic of mine using a T fitting.
Gets most of it out as to lowest point of drain.

Pic.

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