Tom’s Tips on Hose Clamps

By Tom Neale, 2/2/2012

1. Although hose clamps are set up for use with a straight slot screwdriver, they can also be torqued with a socket wrench.

2. Have a socket wrench, of the correct size, handy when you go to work. The screwdriver may be faster and may require less clearance, but sometimes the socket wrench will do a better job more easily.

3. Avoid over-tightening a hose clamp. There’s a tendency to do this when the connection is seeping. If the clamp isn’t tight enough, usually it takes only a little extra torque. If you tighten too much you’ll deform and maybe break the clamp and possibly damage the hose and barb.

4. If tightening a little doesn’t stop the seepage, consider that there may be something else wrong like a damaged hose end or cracked barb.



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