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i've looked at some youtube videos and people were lightly tightening barbs onto openings with a wrench.

is it okay to just hand tighten the stuff down?
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post #2 of 28
No it isn't, but you don't want them too tight, but you want them stug otherwise they will leak.
Edited by Lord Xeb - 4/19/11 at 10:22am
 
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post #3 of 28
Yes, hand tightening is fine. People sometimes overtightening using tools and damage their components.
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post #4 of 28
Over-tightening can cause the o-rings to squish out from around the fitting. I hand-tighten mine.
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post #5 of 28
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what about compression fittings?
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post #6 of 28
I like to hand tighten my barbs then use a tool to turn them very little enugh that i cant unscrew them with my hands. Iv had issues were hand tighten ones would unscrew if i moved the tubing or if it had a wierd bend.
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post #7 of 28
Barbs,hand tight then 1/4 of a turn with a spanner or wrench if your american.

Compression fittings,hand tight no need to use any tools.
Edited by Rapid7 - 4/19/11 at 10:54am
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post #8 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rapid7 View Post
Barbs,hand tight then 1/4 of a turn with a spanner or wrench if your american.

Compression fittings,hand tight no need to use any tools.
Why would compression be any different? It's the exact same connection.
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post #9 of 28
I hand tightned all of mine, had a leak.. used tools, and no leak now :=)
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post #10 of 28
Quote:
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I like to hand tighten my barbs then use a tool to turn them very little enugh that i cant unscrew them with my hands. Iv had issues were hand tighten ones would unscrew if i moved the tubing or if it had a wierd bend.
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