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post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by thrgk View Post
So 1/2 won't leak or is 7/16 better?
Both can leak, if you're ham-handed and careless or in a hurry. I use real metal hose clamps regardless. Especially with short/stubby barbs. Better a bit ugly and safe than have a leak hazard if something gets bumped the wrong way when your side panel is off.
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post #12 of 17
use 7/16 and forget all about any kind of clamps...
    
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Ok so 7/16 I guess just so hard to get on lol
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post #14 of 17
it also depends what kind of 1/2" barbs you are using, not all barbs are created equal. danger den fatboys are popular and work very well with 7/16" tubing.
post #15 of 17
Same suggestion - go for 7/16" tubing for the 1/2" barbs. As suggested earlier, dip the ends in hot water before placing the tubing. I had to do this for everything, particularly the pump. Once it's placed on the barbs and it cools off, I guarantee you just won't be able to pull it off. Add a wormdrive clamp on there and the thing will NOT leak..!
To remove the tubing, you need a knife to slit the ends that are on the barbs, then you can easily remove it.
    
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post #16 of 17
For barbs it is better to use 7/16 as it is just that touch tighter and will ensure there is no chance of leakage.

however using 1/2" is perfectly fine and wont leak if put together correctly. Is only a problem if you do it wrong ^^

As above dipping it in some really hot water makes them easy to slip on and once they are cool again will be very very hard to pull off.
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post #17 of 17
I am using thermochill 7/16" over 1/2" XSPC barbs. I am not using any clamps. They are VERY snug fit. Like someone above said, I had to cut them open when I had to change out a portion of my loop.
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