What You Need to Know About Hose Clamps and Plumbing
Trying to do any sort of plumbing project yourself might seem overwhelming and impossible. But there are a few basic steps you can take to ensure it gets done correctly. Two important things to think about before getting started are to remember to turn the water off and to make sure you have the right tools for the job.
The first step to any project is figuring out what the issue is. Make sure you do your research and figure out exactly how to fix the problem. What tools do you need? How long is it going to take? What else do you need to know?
One item to make sure you have on hand for basic plumbing projects is hose clamps. Hose clamps are used to attach and seal hoses. They come in a wide variety of materials and sizes so you?ll have no problem finding the right one for your project. There are different types of hose clamps including:
- Spring clamps
- Wire clamps
- Worm drive/screw/band clamps
- Ear clamps
Choosing which type of hose clamp to use can be tricky. One common recommendation for a worm drive hose clamp is a TORRO clamp. The TORRO clamp is one of the top choices for multi-purpose hose clamps and is widely produced and accepted. It has an asymmetrical design which makes it stronger and ensures even distribution of force.
Figuring out what size clamp you need is another important part of any project. This will ensure the clamp does it?s job and holds securely. To find the clamp size you need, simply measure the outside diameter of what you?re putting the clamp on. The outside diameter should be between the minimum and maximum range of the clamp you choose to use.
A few last things to remember when starting your plumbing project:
- Adjustable hose clamps can be opened completely so you don?t have to worry about sliding it over the end of a pipe.
- Always make sure the hose you are clamping is in good shape – a clamp won?t help if you have a bad hose.
- Not everyone is a natural-born plumber – it?s okay to make mistakes! Trying to learn any new skill can be difficult, it just takes time and practice.