Pictuorial: How To Sleeve Tubing
So here is a quick Pictorial about how to sleeve your water cooling hoses to add that bit of unique classiness to your rig.
Tubing: Self explanatory I hope.
Fittings: I'm using barbs/clamps. It can be done with compression fitting I just don't have any to try with.
Sleeving: You want the ID of your sleeving to match the OD of out tubing. I.E. My tubing is 1/2" X 5/8" so I got 5/8" sleeving.
Hand tools: Lighter, Pliers, Scissors, etc. I use a pair of locking pliers for my hose clamp because I have the squeeze kind. It's just one less thing that to worry about while sliding clamps on tubes.
Step 1: Lightly fuse(melt) the end of your sleeving to keep if from fraying. Start sliding it over the tubing
Step 2: Don't pre-cut the sleeving! As the sleeving expands over the tubing it will take up the slack in the sleeving and your sleeving will end up short.
Step 3: Slide it past the end of the tubing 1/8 to 3/16" of an inch.
Step 4: Slowly start to melt it back to the tubing.
Step 4b: Twisting, pushing and forming it so you end up with a nice solid end that is flush with the tubing. This will help prevent the the sleeving from sliding around and snagging while you put your fittings on.
Step 5: Put your fitting on. When it's time to do the other end you rinse and repeat steps 1-5.
Check here if you have compression fittings.
If done right you should end up with something similar to this.
Excellent pictorial. I can't wait to try this on a build.
You should post some pics when you do.
You could get stainless sleeving. I found some here.
edit: nevermind, just saw the link you posted. great guide! i've been looking for something like this
You can remove the clamps. Tape over the exposed parts of nylon sleeving or cover them. Proceed to heat gun the shrinking clamp to seal off the hose. Then slide a second piece of dual wall heat shrink up the line and use that to just adhere the loom to the line/clamp area. The only downside is the inability to be serviceable.
These are also quite slick:
Price didn't seem bad and fairly easy to use.
I do understand the sizes aren't right, but a little digging can bring up the right ones and a plethora of similar options.
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