Sometimes it is easy to ignore the fittings and tubing that are used to connect various parts of the liquid chromatography (LC) system. After all, it's the pump, injector, column and detector that do all the work - right? Well, yes and no. It is possible to compromise an otherwise excellent separation by the improper use of fittings, but with reasonable care, you should not have problems with most applications. This month's instalment of "LC Troubleshooting" takes a look at the important components that are used to connect various parts of the LC system and how to use them wisely.