There are many times that you might be working on a project and realize that you are in need of something, but you are just not quite sure what it is that might do the trick. Sure, you could wander around for hours in a hardware or supply store, in fact you might just find something else that you never realized you needed. But chances are there is something in existence that exactly fits what you are missing. A bit of research and some creativity could turn up just the thing you are looking for, and without wasting the precious time wandering around and getting distracted that you could have been devoting to work on your project.
That handy little piece
Take different types of hose clamps, for example. Some people have no idea what they are, what they do, or that they even exist. Until those stainless steel clamps perfectly fits two pieces of a project together, and then they just might become a go-to. Hose clamps are not always stainless steel, and there are many different hose clamp sizes. They vary in look and design and function, though the basic function of attaching two things together is essentially the same. The types and hose clamp sizes that are different might attach vastly different things.
For example, a screw hose clamp might be normally used to temporarily patch up leaking or damaged pipes if you are in a pinch. Others might use hose clamps for a variety of do-it-yourself type projects, such as cute storage of small items in mason jars by attaching the jars with the clamps to the wall or a board or panel on that wall.
Little elements for big projects
Hose clips or clamps are small, strong devices that tightly connect a hose onto something like a nipple or barb. Not only can the right hose clamp help you when you are designing storage and indulging in all of the cutest do-it-yourself projects you can find, or when you have a plumbing catastrophe or emergency, but there are uses in the automotive world as well. Different hose clamp sizes could be used to secure different types of hoses in a vehicle system. They can essentially be used in much the same way that heavy duty zip ties can be used, or even as a stand-in for duct tape and its many bonding uses.
The basics of hose clamps
Hose clamps first appeared in 1921, at the hands of a former Royal Navy Commander by the name of Lumley Robinson. They are quite simple inventions, and are designed to put totally even pressure on every side, with no gaps at any point. This complete and even pressure allows the clamps, and in turn the hoses they hold, to be secure. If a hose is stuck, it should be worked on carefully and with patience, but should never be slit or cut, as that action could result in a scratch in the piece the hose is connected to, which will end in a leak.
Whatever your project needs are, there are the right supplies, pieces, and gadgets to work with in order to make it exactly what you want it to be.