The hose clamp is a fastener that has an almost endless amount of possible applications. It can be found in a vast variety of sizes and made of different materials. Whether you are using a screw hose clamp to provide a temporary fix to a damaged pipe in an emergency situation or using adjustable hose clamps as a replacement for duct tape, here are some tips and tricks for working with the versatile hose clamp.
Tip #1. Removing A Stuck Hose Clamp
If you are working with a hose clamp that gets stuck, you may be tempted to make a cut or slit in the clamp to help with its removal. However, it is important not to cut the hose clamp in a way that you could scratch the barb. What may look like a surface scratch could end up causing a leak. Instead of cutting the hose clamp, try using a radiator hose pick removal tool. First remove the clamp and then insert the curved end of the tool into the end of the hose. By prying up and working the tool around, you should be able to remove the hose clamp without causing damage.
Tip #2. When To Use Plastic Hose Clamps
As they come in so many different sizes and materials, it can be helpful to know what circumstances warrant the use of different types of hose clamps. You will want to be careful when using plastic versions, as they are not suitable for every application. For example, within automotive application often the parts undergo a high degree of heat. Be sure that you are using plastic hose clamps in safe applications. One area where plastic clamps work very well is pond or water tank applications.
Tip #3. How To Work With Heavy Duty Hose Clamps
Heavy duty clamps are available for purchase that work well in a variety of applications and industries. For uses that will entail the part to be subject to extremely cold conditions, it is a good idea to use a heavy duty hose clamp. Even if it is marked “heavy duty,” it is still important to check the maximum working pressure to be sure the hose clamp is strong enough for your project.
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