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brojoh2

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Well, the tubing in my system melted - my PS blew up - live and learn - right? So my question is: How hot should my tubing be rated in order to withstand any potential situations that may arise? I wasn't doing anything at all when it blew - not running any progies or anything. Hose just melted. Sheesh!

I'd just as soon get my materials at the local Home Depot or Sears Hardware rather than have to resort to order from the 'net. Any suggestions and/or input will be appreciated. Thanx.

I'm running 1.33ghz Tbird stock right now. Nothing exotic going on . . .
 

Ridenow

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This is a new one to me. Usually plain old plastic or vinyl tubing form the hardware store is used. What kind of temps were you getting? Was the tube resting against something? What tube were you using? What radiator do you have? I am thinking that if your water got hot enough to melt the tubes you might have other heat problems.
 
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brojoh2

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Ridenow (May 24, 2001 12:14 p.m.):
This is a new one to me. Usually plain old plastic or vinyl tubing form the hardware store is used.

I used "Watts clear vinyl tubing" Home Depot variety. 1/2" OD 3/8" ID. A 20' roll cost something in the neighborhood of $6.00. The label states "use for:
- low pressure
- food/water use"

What kind of temps were you getting?

I wasn't up long enough to even think about looking at temps, or anything else.

Was the tube resting against something?

Not to my knowledge. I certainly would have moved it if I had been aware of any such condition.

What tube were you using?

See above.

What radiator do you have?

Be Cooling radiator and water block. Good reviews. Generally thought of as good ones.

I am thinking that if your water got hot enough to melt the tubes you might have other heat problems.

Yeah . . . me too. But what? Where do I start? New PS is on the way. Kinda worried about puttin' it in and juicing it up . . . Any other thoughts or possible courses of action?

 

inertia

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boil the tubing before you use it. That way if it's going to melt, it'll melt and you can find some new tubing. If it doesn't melt, you're good to go.

The TBird is rated to work at up to 95C. Five degrees higher and the water's going to boil and create huge internal pressures on a system not designed for that sort of thing and kablooie. That'd be cool looking as long as it doesn't happen to you, especially if it's got some of that fluorescent dye and a black light and you're smokin a big fat one.
 

Ridenow

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I like inertia's idea of testing the tube. You have a decent radiator and obviously checked your setup for "anomalies". I recently had a DOA processor that did not run, but produced enough heat in less than a minute to discolor the bottom of a heatsink. I am concerned that your problem might be a strange symptom of a processor going bad. My setup has one of those "compunurse" probes in my reservoir to monitor water temperature. When you get up an running with it again I would watch your temps very closely