When you’re fixing up those leaky pipes and solving other plumbing problems, one tool you can’t go without are your hose clamps. These are used to attach and seal hoses onto fittings like barbs or nipples It’s undoubted that you’ll need them, but depending on your project, you may need one kind more than another. Should you go with stainless hose clamps or perhaps more large hose clamps? Here’s a handy little list of the different kinds that you can purchase and what you can purchase them for!
Worm Gear Clamps.
These consist of a galvanized or stainless steel band into which a screw thread pattern’s been cut or pressed, with one end containing a captive screw. Simply put the clamp around the hose or tube you need to connect, with the loose end being fed into a narrow space between the band and the captive screw. When you turn the screw, it acts like a worm drive to pull the threads of the band. This causes it to tighten around the hose, or loosen if going to opposite direction. These are commonly used to attach sections of domestic wastewater piping, used to fix alignment difficulties, or to prevent pipe breakage, or for an emergency repair.
Spring clamps are well suited for awkward or confined spaces where other clip types would need the use of tightneing tools for application from narrow and potentially inaccessible angles. Because of this, these hose clamps are popular for applications like automotive engine bays and for securing barb connection in PC water-cooling.
This kind of hose clamps consist of a piece of heavy wire, which is typically steel, first bent into a U shape, then formed into a ring shape with one end overlapping the other, and lastly with the ends bent outwards and cut. A captive nut is then attached to one end, and a captive screw is put on to the other. When you tighten the screw, the overlapping ends of the wire are pushed apart, which tightens the wire loop around the hose.
Without these hose clamps, plumbing jobs would be impossible. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments! Find out more at this site.