Tips On The Different Hose Clamps Used For DIY Plumbing Projects


There are specific projects in plumbing that require you do it yourself to ensure you get the job done as intended. Plumbing cost vary considerably based on the difficulty of the task and the quality of the services you enlist to help you out—there are specific projects that are simply not worth paying the expensive out-of-pocket cost if there’s a more accessible, cost-effective alternative available to solve the issue. When considering DIY plumbing projects, it’s essential to ensure you have the necessary materials and means available to complete the task correctly, here are a few tips to help make your DIY project easier.

Types of Hose Clamps

DIY plumbing projects often require a variety of different materials for specific areas that may need more attention than other parts. Typically, DIY projects entail numerous times where unscrewing and tightening are a primary factor in completing the job, for many, there are often ill-prepared when undergoing this tedious task, particularly in the various types of screws needed. Hose clamps are one of the conventional materials used during plumbing projects; they are predominantly beneficial as a permanent holder for objects that require a tightening band to hold its position. However, most first-time DIYers are not knowledgeable about the different varieties of materials required—we’ve made a small list of the various hose clamp types and the difference hose clamp sizes.

1. Screw/Band Clamps: Screw clamps are considered the most durable, which is why they’re a necessity in both plumbing and non-plumbing projects. The band consists of a stainless steel clamp where a screw thread pattern creates through cutting or pressing. Its popularity is primarily used to fix damaged pipes in an emergency temporarily. Screw clamps are also known as worm drive hose clamps that can be “daisy-chained” to create a more extended clamp if other clamps don’t have the required length. Screw clamps are beneficial in projects that require a hose clip at least ½ in diameter and up, and aim to prevent shearing while being able to withstand rust and corrosion in areas that are humid or damp.

3. Spring clamps: Although most hoses are a stainless steel clamp; spring claims are made from a strip of spring steel. Spring clamps are known as one of the simplest types of hose clamps. The design of a spring clamp is intentional because of their use as automotive hose clamps that allow their end protrusions to be used for automotive fuel lines and automotive cooling system hoses. Spring clamps are also beneficial, as they are considered an adjustable hose clamp—they are used to tighten areas that are otherwise inaccessible or oddly angled which allows for securing barb connections in PC water-cooling.

4. Wire clamps: Wire clamps are designed from heavy wire and formed to fit their intended purpose—bent into a tight U and developed into a ring with one of the sections intentionally overlapped. When a screw is tightened, it allows the other parts of the wire to be pushed apart, forcibly that a wire loop around the hose. Wire clamps are considered a heavy duty hose clamp, because its designed purpose to use on heavy applications combined with its finishing, making this stainless steel clamp one of a kind.

4. Ear clamps: Primarily a stainless steel clamp, ear clamps gained their name from the closing elements formed during their design. Their design consists of a clamp being placed over the end of the hose to connect it, allowing each ‘ear’ to closed at its base, permanently deforming the band to tighten around the hose. Hose clamps for plumbing problems are commonly referred to for ear clamps.

5. Other methods require a hose clamp to be attached, such as tubing and compression fittings that allow for the hose to adjust accordingly based on the type of project that entails the various requirements of a project. The primarily used of the hose clamp-derived its uses from the Navy’s standards—in 1921 former Royal Navy Commander, Lumley Robinson created the hose clamp with the intent to be a versatile invention that creates easier accessibility for all types of projects.

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