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    Default Copper tubing size

    I know 1/2" to 5/8" tubing is pretty much standard and nearly all fittings are made for it, however...

    Would conventional copper or NiCop tubing (I work in auto parts) in 3/8" OD (5/16" ID) definitely be too small to use, or would it just require changes in the loop like a different pump, res, etc. compared to 1/2" or 5/8" systems?

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    i'd be affraid of the 3/8-5/16 being to small for a necessary flow volume. all sizes can be modded to connectors. as a mechanic talking to a parts store guy i'd reference the flair fitting made for tubbing conections & the muffler & exhaust flairs & bends.

    fittings can be made to fit if your working with good metal. bad metal breaks and cracks. "ductility" is the word used in electrical apprenticeship to refer to the flexibility of metal pipe.

    this nicopp? iv have NEVER heard of it
    NiCopp® Archives - AGS Company AGS Company

    WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE !?!?!?
    anyhow, looks epic. but expensive. im still beyond words as to how impressive this stuff looks.


    why you no clear tubbing???
    going for the steampunk look? this would do it for sure. especially if you mix nicopp, plexi reservoir and bubbles
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    Not really sure what you have in mind but do beware if mixing metals used within this setup of a galvanic reaction with the copper and other metals.
    Do some research and you'll see what I'm talking about - Can be a nasty problem if it happens.

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    bones is correct. VERY correct.

    a chemical prohibiter to this corrosive nature is
    as a parts store guy you will know about di-eletric grease, as an electrician i would refer to a product named "De-Ox".
    personaly from much experiance with both i recomend the grease.

    a link to the wikipedia page on the topic
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_corrosion
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    Default Re: Copper tubing size

    Quote Originally Posted by calemus View Post

    this nicopp? iv have NEVER heard of it
    NiCopp® Archives - AGS Company AGS Company

    WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE !?!?!?
    anyhow, looks epic. but expensive. im still beyond words as to how impressive this stuff looks.
    NiCopp is great stuff. I thought you might like seeing this: Copper tubing size-2017-06-29-11.12.01.jpg

    For fun I grabbed a length of 3/8" (which I'm sure you know in steel line us tough to bend and loves to kink) and without straining just gave it a bend.
    Copper tubing size-2017-06-29-11.11.37.jpg

    ...nice even bend with no collapsing. Then I straightened back out by hand.
    Copper tubing size-2017-06-29-11.11.11.jpg

    You combine that with the fact that it holds just as much pressure as steel, is just as resistant to cracking or tearing, and is almost entirely corrosion proof. Um, yeah I don't think I'll ever have a use for steel line again.

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    Default Re: Copper tubing size

    Of course, since 3/8 is as big as it goes it could all be a moot point unless there's a way to compensate like by using a higher pressure lower volume pump for example.

    Then there's also the pain of adapting from flare or compression to G 1/4 (BSPP) thread (unless it's possible some how tap the blocks to directly fit inverted flare). Obviously it won't be easy, but I probably wouldn't be trying it if it were easy.

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