Though many plumbing issues in your home may require the skill of a professional plumber, some minor issues can be handled by a weekend warrior with the right tools and a little bit of knowledge. If there is a plumbing issue in your home that you want to tackle on your own, you will need some basic knowledge about different types of plumbing equipment. This article will help to make sure you know everything you need to about hose clamps.
1) What is a hose clamp? Hose clamps are used to attach and create a seal between a hose and a fitting, such as a barb or nipple. Hose clamps make sure that there is no leakage from hose connections and help the whole plumbing unit work.
2) What types of hose clamps are there? Hose clamps can be made in a variety of fashions, including spring clamps, wire hose clamps, and worm gear clamps. Different clamps fulfill different purposes. In addition to the different types, you can also find a variety of sizes and materials in hose clamps. Depending on the need of your project, you may need a wire hose clamp, a stainless steel hose clamp, or even a heavy duty hose clamp. You will want to make sure you do your research about which hose clamp you need because the wrong size or quality hose clamp can lead to leaking issues and cause things like gas or liquid to escape into your home. No one wants that.
3) How do hose clamps work? Each type of hose clamp works a bit differently, but in general, a hose clamp works by being screwed onto whatever it is fastening. A wire hose clamp is made into a U shape from a heavy piece of wire.
4) How do I know what size I need? Measure the outside of the item you are fitting. Use this measurement to make sure that the clamp you need accommodates this size and it falls within the minimum to maximum range listed on the clamp.
5) Are there other uses for clamps? Yes! In addition to being used in more traditional plumbing settings, hose clamps can make excellent zip ties or replace duct tape. These little clamps can definitely help with big jobs around your home.
Understanding the world of hose clamps is an important first step in becoming a proficient home plumber. The next time you visit the hardware store and stare at the clamp section a bit confused, just remember the facts above and you will have no problem finding the clamp that is right for your job.