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Hey all,

Just did some maintenance on my loop (cleaning out blocks, all the usual) leak tested for 12 hours, determined everything was fine and closed it up. Realised the next day I forgot to properly connect one usb header (that or it came lose) so I opened it up, only to notice one solitary drop of water on my case floor.

I thought that was odd, double checked all fittings, but it seem alright. Cleaned it up, and decided to leave my case door off to check just in-case it dripped again. Waited three hours, and I noticed that the bottom of one fitting near my case floor was ever so slightly wet. Couldn't even really see any droplet forming.

Decided to do a 24 hour test, and behold, at just about the 22 hour mark what could almost be called a water droplet (it was tiny) was forming, still hanging to the compression fitting. Cleaned it up, did another leak test for *another* 24 hours, and this time another small drop was forming yet again. I did the earlier leak test on a rather hot day (34 degrees celsius) and I can only presume that it dried up before it could even hit the bottom of my case and that's why I didn't see it.

Now as the radiator end is near the front, on the bottom (TJ07) and on the opposite end from my PSU, I have no fear of it causing a short that way. In fact, I also have a very thin layer of rubber used to stop vibrations under my radiators, which would further prevent any water from reaching my psu.




The question my fine gentlemen is: Should I even bother to take apart my system to fix it, if it is really a problem at all? (Note, I have tightened it as far as I can without taking the whole radiator out).



A leak is bad I know, but this one seems inconsequential unless the leak can somehow develop into a more serious problem. I believe the leak is due to the incredible tight fitting (it's a 90 degree adapter) required to fit my two radiators, 38mm thick fans and a psu on the bottom of my case (I actually had to saw off the notches in the tj07's door to get it to close). Hence taking apart my system is an exercise in frustration, and I would rather avoid it if possible.


What do you guys think, and has anyone ever encountered this before? I've never heard of anyone having to deal with a leak so small. Many thanks for any insight or help offered!
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IMHO don't mess with it, that small of a leak shouldn't matter in the long run, if your not worried about it shorting anything out then leave it. Could let it dry and see if you can hit the spot with some hairspray, careful to only get it on the leaky fitting. That should stop the leave after it dry's. At least if the leak is that slow.

Just thought of the hairspray thing as I was typing this.
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IMHO don't mess with it, that small of a leak shouldn't matter in the long run, if your not worried about it shorting anything out then leave it. Could let it dry and see if you can hit the spot with some hairspray, careful to only get it on the leaky fitting. That should stop the leave after it dry's. At least if the leak is that slow.

Just thought of the hairspray thing as I was typing this.
That's actually a very good idea, which I didn't think about (thanks and +rep!). I really like it, I'm just wondering, should I use something perhaps a little bit more firm if I'm going to be taking apart once every six months or so?

Technically I don't think it'd interfere with my system... but technically as water will be coming into contact with it (ever so slightly) I'm curious as to what materials I should or should not use.

Anyone have further insight? And many thanks once again!
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Did you over tighten the compression fitting?
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Did you over tighten the compression fitting?
I don't believe I did, but as it's an incredibly tight fit (I cannot actually use my fingers to tighten it while it's still in the case) it might be possible.

Also, due to the very tight fit and angle, there is some pressure on the fitting

Ensuring I even get this far usually takes an entire day or more of taking apart my system, leak testing, taking it apart again because I see one small leak that I cannot reach without moving stuff out... etc :/

For my next system I'm definitely leaving some room to spare!
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In the long run, replacement is the way to go, I suppose, and this is just my 2c a little tephlon tape and some adhesive (i think I saw hairspray above) could be the ticket to seal it... may be able to come up with some water rated/wet apply adhesive at the local hardware shop... really comes down to what you can live with I suppose.
 
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post #7 of 15
I'd go with the other answers above, and not do anything about it until you next maintain your loop. You could consider a rotary to reduce the stress on the fitting at that point?
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Quote:
Just thought of the hairspray thing as I was typing this.
Hairspray would be dissolved by water.

How about that stylish 'hair wax'?
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The biggest thing is anything you use has to be easily removed and not damage the parts. The only thing with adhesives would be removing them. Hairspray or some clear spray paint should seal up the tiny leak, and either be easily removed, or not really matter cause it's clear. I would go with some rotary fittings on your next maintenance job. Worst cast is next time you pull it apart you have to replace a problem fitting.
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No leak is small. Just put your loop together properly and be finished with it. Don't be lazy. You'll regret it.
 
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