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Old 11-25-2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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I built an inline sight glass for my RIMS. Mine is built from 316 Stainless but you could easily do this for 1/2 the price using plastic or brass.



McMaster-Carr part numbers:


8585K41 8 Ft. Polycarbonate Round Tube, 5/8" Od, 1/2" Id, Clear
5182K814 2 Each Type 316 Ss Yor-lok Tube Fitting
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:09 PM   #2
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Nicely done! Thanks for sharing the part numbers.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:39 PM   #3
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Looks nice. Did you go with polycarbonate instead of borosilicate glass just due to potential breakage? The glass would be easier to clean and, if it didn't break, would last longer. Over time it seems that polycarbonate will likely get discolored and might crack if there are any stress points.
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Looks nice. Did you go with polycarbonate instead of borosilicate glass just due to potential breakage? The glass would be easier to clean and, if it didn't break, would last longer. Over time it seems that polycarbonate will likely get discolored and might crack if there are any stress points.
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5/8" OD borosilicate glass tubing
You are probably right about the tubing. I was concerned about breakage... but I got 8 feet of the polycarbonate so if it does discolor, it is easily replaced. Also, I was able to cut it using a regular pipe cutter.
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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Yea, it prob depends on how and where you use it. If it is put in a fixed location that is reasonably out-of-the-way and kept there then breakage is much less likely. I have some 600 gallon tanks at work that have ~5' long, 3/4" OD sight glass tubes. At that length those all-thread rods don't provide that much protection but nobody has ever broken one (~15 years and counting).

EDIT: FWIW, I just bought one of the 5088K58 from this page for work. So ya...you saved a bit!
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:10 PM   #6
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Those fittings say they are for SS tubing, how well are they working for the plastic. I was looking at making one myself using glass tubing instead and was a little worried about breakage when tightening them down.


 
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:34 PM   #7
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Wow, that's a real sharp, clean build. These things are really useful, and cool as hell. Any idea how you might add those 4 bars around one of these? (Cheaply?)

 
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:05 PM   #8
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Those fittings say they are for SS tubing, how well are they working for the plastic. I was looking at making one myself using glass tubing instead and was a little worried about breakage when tightening them down.
No, you can't tighten them down on glass using the included stainless ferrules. You'd have to pack the area between the nut and fitting with 2-3 orings. Even then, the ends of borosilicate tubes absolutely need to be flame polished and you can't tweak it in the fitting at all.
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Wow, that's a real sharp, clean build. These things are really useful, and cool as hell. Any idea how you might add those 4 bars around one of these? (Cheaply?)
Yeah, hose clamp them to the compression nuts.
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That's not a bad idea, it would still look pretty clean if you had the worm clamp to the back.....

 
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