22
Mar

Hose Clamps the Savior for Do it Yourself Plumbing

Written by Free Car Magazine. Posted in Constant tension hose clamp, Hose clamp, Quick release hose clamps

Hose clamp assortment

In this day in age, you would be tough pressed to find anyone who isn’t interested in the latest trend of do it yourself. Why wouldn’t someone cut costs, while learning more about a hobby they may be interested in? If there are any plumbing aficionados out there, large diameter hose clamps are necessities for your next project.

Invented in 1921 by former Royal Navy commander Lumley Robinson, a hose clamp is a gadget used to seal and attach a hose onto a nipple or barb fitting. Manufactured to ensure a tight seal between a hose and a barb, there are many types of hose clamps including worm gear clamps, spring clamps, and wire clamps, all coming in a wide variety of sizes in order to meet the needs of a hose of any size.

Each hose clamp is similar but different. The spring clamp is of the simplest variety, consisting of a strip of metal in the shape of a cylindrical spring with several protrusions. Wire hose clamps are made out of a heavy piece of wire, bent into a tight U shape, and worm drive hose clamps have the ability to be daisy-chained to make longer clamps if need be.

Screw clamps are typically used for hoses 1/2 diameter and up, and they consist of a stainless steel band, where the screw thread pattern has been cut or pressed. Generally, large diameter hose clamps are limited to the moderate pressures of those found in automotive and home applications, such as securing hoses in automotive systems and for clamping lines in household plumbing systems. But when you start your project, make sure the outer diameter of the item you are clamping falls between the minimum and maximum range of the clamp you are using.

Without the proper size and quality of hose clamps, a hose seal is at risk for leaking gas, liquid and other toxic substances. To achieve a good seal between a barb and a hose, the barb must be free of any scratches and nicks, as large diameter hose clamps are designed to provide equal pressure on all sides without any gaps. One way to prevent this is to never remove a hose by cutting or slitting, as this will undoubtedly leave a scratch on the barb and cause a leak.

Overall, with all the variety of uses and sizes, large diameter hose clamps can surely be a plumber’s best friend in the realm of do it yourself projects.

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