I’m sure you remember. You were 8 years old, standing in your front yard, making a kink in a long, green water hose that would soon be let go and emit an explosive flow of water to drench your brother, neighbor, cousin or classmate. You didn’t know it back then, but you were acting as a adjustable hose clamp. Aren’t you proud to know that, even at 8 years old, you had an affinity for plumbing?
The hose clamp was invented in the early 1900s by Royal Navy Commander Lumley Robinson. A hose clamp is a devise used to attach and seal a hose onto a fitting – like a barb or nipple. Hose clamps come in all shapes and sizes: a worm gear clamp, spring clamps and event wire clamps. You can get heavy duty hose clamps for high pressure situations and quick release hose clamps when you need things to be easily released.
Hose clamps are usually used as a replacement for items like heavy duty zip ties or duct tape. Considering that many of them are actually stainless steel hose clamps, it’s not surprise that hose clamps are a much more stable option than a plastic zip tie or duct tape. But hose clamps aren’t just useful for sharking off the flow of liquid or gas altogether, they are also useful for controlling pressure. At home you might find hose clamps when checking out your plumbing or even in your vehicle.
Hose clamps come in a variety of sizes for all of your fastening needs. Whether you need an adjustable hose clamp or something that yields a more consistent amount of pressure, a good look at your systems and simple science should point you in the right direction.