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Old 11-16-2006, 02:07 AM   #1
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you had said that in your counter flow chiller you used a 25/64 drill bit to make the compression fitting work. i could not find one at home depot. picked up the 3/8 bit and it appears that is not going to work, unless you have a tip on how to use that bit to make the hole big enough.

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Old 11-16-2006, 02:17 AM   #2
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It was Chairman Cheyco that mentioned that in this thread. You might be able to sand the copper down a little and get it to fit. You might be tempted to try it, but I'd be careful "wallowing" the hole out with the smaller drill - you're trying for a water-tight fitting. If you can't find a 25/64" bit, you could use a 7/16" bit and sweat the fittings in order to seal them.

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Old 11-16-2006, 02:47 AM   #3
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but I'd be careful "wallowing" the hole out with the smaller drill - you're trying for a water-tight fitting.

Actually, sanding the tubing would have a more negative affect on the watertightness of this design, since the the ferrule (the brass collar) seals against the ferrule seat and the tubing itself. Damaging the surface of the tubing is bad. When making the hole big enough for the tubing to pass through, the only thing you need to be careful of is to not damage the ferrule seat of the compression fitting while drilling it out.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:51 AM   #4
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Actually, sanding the tubing would have a more negative affect on the watertightness of this design, since the the ferrule (the brass collar) seals against the ferrule seat and the tubing itself. Damaging the surface of the tubing is bad. When making the hole big enough for the tubing to pass through, the only thing you need to be careful of is to not damage the ferrule seat of the compression fitting while drilling it out.
I was picturing the copper as soft enough to "spread" to fill any imperfections in the surface, so long as you don't sand more than just barely enough to get it to fit. Then again, this is your design, Chairman...
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I was picturing the copper as soft enough to "spread" to fill any imperfections in the surface, so long as you don't sand more than just barely enough to get it to fit. Then again, this is your design, Chairman...

Yeah, not to take anything away from your obvious skill in these matters, but I have found that surface marring and seat damage are terribly unforgiving in compression fitting land. Best not to risk either.
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:04 AM   #6
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Yeah, not to take anything away from your obvious skill in these matters, but I have found that surface marring and seat damage are terribly unforgiving in compression fitting land. Best not to risk either.
Completely understood...and I would probably just sweat the whole thing together. Welding, brazing, and soldering makes me feel good...

EDIT: It was very tempting to take credit for your project, though...but I'm not that much of a d!ck (I hope...).
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EDIT: It was very tempting to take credit for your project, though...but I'm not that much of a d!ck (I hope...).

That sounds like more of a survival instinct than not being a d!ck to me!


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That sounds like more of a survival instinct than not being a d!ck to me!
Are you threatening me???
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LOL, of course not!


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Sorry chairman, when i looked at the thread at work i had forgoten that infact it was you that posted it.


So, what is the harm in sanding down the tube and then just soldering it?
That seems like the easiest way to go without havnig to buy a 25 dollar drill bit.

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