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Originally Posted by Soggysilicon View Post
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.
I'd take it apart, but I'm actually slightly worried that if it is because it is on too tight (or perhaps the angle is a bit too harsh) that doing any further modification may make it worse.

I definitely will replace it in the long run, and I completely agree that's the only way to go. Once a fitting starts leaking like that, it's probably not worth taking the risk. As you said however, a small 'band-aid' fix should do for now! I'm really liking the wet apply adhesive, as I have some materials left over from my last venture into plumbing!


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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?
I think this is the right idea as well, I cannot believe I didn't think of it (but this is why I love OCN!) - I'll 'plug' it up to so speak for now, and replace it 6 months or so!

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Hairspray would be dissolved by water.

How about that stylish 'hair wax'?
Ahhhh I actually do have hair wax (as I use it over hair spray which I do not have) but unfortunately that stuff dissolves in water too xD


Many thanks for the input gents (+rep to all!) - now to determine what adhesive/material would be best! Anyone know what is safe to use with a loop?
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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.
Ah many thanks for the input, and I agree stallion. I hate even the idea of the leak, even though it'll probably amount to nothing. I am slightly concerned however, that taking it out will just make it worse - and as no local store near me carries the fitting, I have to order one in.

And I forgot to add, I am already using a 90 degree (bitspower) rotary fitting That's how tight it is down there - I had to saw off the little notches in my door case to fit it all in!
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Ah many thanks for the input, and I agree stallion. I hate even the idea of the leak, even though it'll probably amount to nothing. I am slightly concerned however, that taking it out will just make it worse - and as no local store near me carries the fitting, I have to order one in.

And I forgot to add, I am already using a 90 degree (bitspower) rotary fitting That's how tight it is down there - I had to saw off the little notches in my door case to fit it all in!
I would drain the system and pull out the radiator then remove the fittings from it and check the orings to make sure that they're properly installed. Put everything back, but don't use as much pressure when installing the fitting or the tube to the fitting. That should solve it. It usually does with my setups.
 
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I would drain the system and pull out the radiator then remove the fittings from it and check the orings to make sure that they're properly installed. Put everything back, but don't use as much pressure when installing the fitting or the tube to the fitting. That should solve it. It usually does with my setups.
Sound advice! I do always check the o-rings, but unfortunately this time something got past me. I'm really starting to think I've over-tightened the fitting. Or more likely, that putting it all together put some pressure on the fitting which was slightly too much.

And indeed, I already had to do that three times while setting this up - I don't even have space to install a drain-line in any meaningful place in my system! I could put it after my res, which is in the top of my case, but then it wouldn't really drain anything

The only real long term solution is just to free up space - easier to work on, and less pressure on the tubing/fittings!

Many thanks, I appreciate everyone's input here. Stallion has the right idea in terms of long-term planning, you never want a leak no matter how small. I guess I'll try some sort of plumbing material, and leak test from there. If it's ok for 24-48 hours, I think I'll leave it until my next maintenance session.

Cheers once again!
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As a quick fix you could just wrap a thin towel around the leaky fitting and hold it in place with a rubber band or something. Ugly, but then you don't have to worry about (small) leaks and it's much easier to remove than adhesive.
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