Jan
31

Hose Clamp Parts Got You Down? Read On for Helpful Tips!

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Automotive hose clamps, Hose clamp types, Spring hose clamp

Large diameter hose clamps

WIth the help of YouTube and other online sites that offer help and tips on do-it-yourself projects — anything from fixing your plumbing to how to do your taxes — more and more people are trying to save money by using online tutorials to help them fix broken items around the house. If you feel fairly competent and have always been a bit handy, you might be inspired to try fixing some of your minor plumbing issues yourself! One tricky part though, can be figuring out what parts to use. There are so many different types of hose clamps — from mini hose clamps to spring hose clamps and made of all different materials: what do you choose?
What Are Hose Clamps and What Do They Do?
Hose clamps are an integral part of your plumbing system. They make sre that a house is connected and sealed to a barb or nipple of some kind. They’re specifically designed to create a tight seal between these two parts and to prevent the leaking of any substances, such as gas or liquids. Interestingly enough, the hose clamp was first thought of as early as 1921, by a man named Lumley Robinson, who was previously a Royal Navy Commander. Hose clamps can be used for purposes other than household plumbing as well; another common place you’ll find them is in automotive systems. In a pinch, hose clamps can also be used as a more durable or thicker type of zip tie or even as a substitute for duct tape, should you run out! It is very important that you are using the right type of hose clamp though, whether’s it’s mini hose clamps or a worm drive hose clamp, since using the wrong type and size can cause leaks. This is because of the uneven pressure and possibility of gaps occurring between the hose and the barb or nipple.
What Are the Different Types of Hose Clamps and How Are They Used?
There are many different types of hose clamps as discussed, from mini hose clamps to screw clamps, all meant for different purposes. However, there are two types of hose clamps that are particularly prevalent. Mini hose clamps can also be made from stainless steel or plastic, and are usually either a screw clamp or a wire clamp, just in a smaller size.
Screw Clamps
Screw clamps are made up of a stainless steel band that has a screw thread impressed on it, by either cutting or pressing. They’re generally used in cases where you need a hose that’s more than a 1/2 inch in diameter. This might certainly be a type of hose clamp you’d use if you were fixing your plumbing temporarily — they’re often used in emergency situations to quickly fix a bad pipe. (If you’ve used it in this manner, you’ll definitely want to have a plumber come look at the pipe, assess the problem, and fix it permanently.)
Wire Clamps
Wire clamps are naturally made out of wire, but usually a very thick or heavy piece that’s been contorted into a U shape, and then bent into a ring. The ends overlap and when pressure is exerted by screws, the ends that overlap are pushed open, which tightens the ring shape into a seal.
What Should I Know About Using Hoses and Clamps?
When you’re installing a hose with a hose clamp, you should open the hose clam y turning the screwdriver counterclockwise. This will open it. Should your hose get stuck (or be stuck), you should never cut or slit them, to try and get them out. You could potentially scratch the barb by doing this and that would cause a leak and more headaches for you. A nick and scratch-free barb that isn’t contaminated is the key to a good seal with the hose, so you should inspect everything very carefully before installing.

Remember, if you get really stuck, you can always call a plumber for help and to come fix your plumbing problem permanently! Sometimes DIY can only go so far and you need to call in the experts.

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