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Tools / Tool kits for Acrylic hard tubes?

Discussion in 'Watercooling' started by kosch, 17 Feb 2021.

  1. kosch

    kosch Trango in the Mango

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    Hi All,

    So I'll be starting my venture into using hard lines for my setup and I was hoping to get some recommendations on all in one tool kits for heating/cutting/bending etc. If such a thing doesn't exist what tools would you recommend?

    Thanks
     
  2. Yaka

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    i only ever used hard lines for 3 builds i did for freinds and relatives last one was two years ago. i pretty much followed this guide https://bit-tech.net/guides/modding/watercooling/water-cooling-with-hardline-tubing-guide-petg-and-acrylic/1
    used a wickes branded tube cutter and silcone tube were the only things i needed to buy. i dont think its recommended but i just used nails nailed to a bit of thick ply wood to do my bends fair bit of trial and eror and wasted tubes. these days you can get kits like these or these to help you do trippy bends

    didn't realize they added a video to that guide now, should make more easier to understand now
     
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  3. kosch

    kosch Trango in the Mango

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    Thanks for the tips @Yaka, I've been watching the video series and its really great. Not sure I will be able to grow a moustache like that though!
     
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  4. Yaka

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    yup i gave it a try but mine started to turn into a bushy mess
     
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  5. kosch

    kosch Trango in the Mango

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    I was having a lot of problems making tubes seal properly when I was honing my skills on some test pipes and using a leak tester. After much farting about I discovered my technique with the "lemon squeezer triangle razer blade deburring/chamfer" tool wasn't so good.

    Ended up buying one of these off eBay for a fiver and omg its so easy and also made the pipes slide into the fitting so much easier! Also made me realize that the chamfer needs to be a good 3-5mm on the actual pipe which has been difficult to tell from various videos and guides.

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  6. LePhuronn

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    What is it? Got a link?
     
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    kosch Trango in the Mango

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    Oh I see. Pair of blades at the bottom of the suspicious-looking shafts, slip the tube over the top to keep it straight and grind away. Nice.

    Shame there's no 12mm equivalent. Would save me designing and printing a guide jig for the lemon squeezer.
     
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    yeah, saw a couple of those on eBay and Amazon and the very incomplete descriptions seem to indicate the measurements are for ID, not OD, so wouldn't fit my 12/10 tube.
     

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