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Tips and Tricks For Choosing and Using Adjustable Hose Clamps

If you own a home, car, or boat, hose clamps are essential components of your life whether you realize it or not. If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, a mechanic, or a plumber, you will come across hose clamps in various situations. This is why understanding what type of clamps work best, and which ones don’t, will be a crucial lesson for you and your wallet. Watch along with this video to find out more!

In this video, we see a pump in a boat that used a marine-grade stainless steel O-clamp for part of the pump, and a normal stainless steel adjustable hose clamp from Lowes at another part. Many people will warn you about the quality of hose clamps you will get from these corporate chain stores and you can see evidence of that in this video.

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Many of the adjustable hose clamps were extremely rusty, which is why they were not used on the through hole where even more moisture exposure is likely.

Marine grade clamps are more expensive but will save you money in the long haul. When you go to tighten your clamp, you can use a socket wrench to tighten or loosen the adjustable hose clamp, which is a less tiring process than a screwdriver and provides a tighter seal. Additionally, if you put a socket on the end of your cordless drill, it also easily does the job of adjusting the clamp. if you’re looking to buy some of these clamps, do your research before purchasing!


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