As an amateur plumber with a “do it yourself” ethos, you have most likely at some point or anothe, come into contact with hose clamps. First invented in 1921 by Lumley Robinson, a former Royal Navy Commander, the purpose of a hose clamp is to fasten and seal hoses onto fittings. i.e. nipples or barbs; in so doing, the distribution of of pressure will be even on all sides. Thus, hose clamps eradicate the possibility of gaps in piping, allowing for a seamless plumbing experience. Another way of looking at the purpose of hose clamps is to recognize their analogousness to duct tape and heavy duty zip ties.
Available in a wide range of materials and sizes, hose clamps are not a one size fits all proposition. Before initiating your plumbing project, it is important to decipher which hose clamps are most appropriate for the job at hand. Deciding to use hose clamp sizes that are unsuitable for your particular plumbing situation can make what began as a fairly mundane and imminently fixable problem turn exponentially dysfunctional and much tougher to repair. It is therefore crucial that amateur plumbers study all of the different hose clamp types and the particular purposes of each. No tow are the same.
For example, during an emergency situation in which a stop-gap, non-permanent quick fix solution is required, screw hose clamp tools are the best choice. Screw hose clamps are lifesavers built especially for putting an immediate stop to pipe related crises before a more permanent resolution can be implemented. Screw hose clamps can be situated in just a few moments, mitigating the likelihood of major pipe related damage occurring.
Screw hose clamps, however, are entirely unsuitable when the primary plumbing issues you are facing concern domestic waste water piping or transportation of miniscule volumes of power. These plumbing situations necessitate the utilization of worm hole clamps. Worm hole clamps are primarily galvanized clamps having been cut by a screw clamp pattern. At one end of the band is a captive screw. There is a captive screw at one end of the band; the clamp is fastened steadfastly around whatever tube or hose is in need of connection, while the looser end is fed through a tiny space between the thin band and captive screw.
Screw hose clamps and worm hose clamps are but two of the myriad hose clamps types currently in use. The contrast in their various purposes illustrated above is but one example outlining the consequences of choosing the right hose clamps for the right reasons. Because there are so many varieties of hose clamps available– for example, stainless steel hose clamps, silicone hose clamps, wire hose clamps, radiator hose clamps, and fuel hose clamps, just to name a few– it is imperative that amateur plumbers do their homework and bone up on which hose clamps work best for which projects. That way, when a real world plumbing-gone-awry pop quiz takes place, neophyte plumbers can spring into action with the right tools and equipment to get the job done!