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Old 08-10-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default What's the best clamp to attach reinforced silicone tubing to a hose barb?

I'm building a new system and using 1" fiber-reinforced silicone tubing to connect the MT, HLT, BK, and Fermenter to the other hardware, which is all Tri-Clover. The vessels have a combination of Tri-Clover ports and other threaded ports.

I got a Tri-Clover / hose-barb adapter and shoved it into the 1" silicone tubing. It went in easily and I could also pull it out easily. So I'm going to want one or two hose clamps to secure each of these.

I hate hose clamps! Especially when the screwdriver slides out of the slotted nut and jams into my palm. I have seen Oetiker clamps, and I even own a tool, but are they easier to deal with? Are there any other options?

I want something secure that is not a hack job. Preferably something that will not require me to cut the end off the tubing every time I disassemble it.

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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Poke around in the archives a bit. there is a tool around that allows yout o make your own wire type clamps.

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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I run my silicone tubing attched to tri-clovers with zip-ties and it works great. It doesn't fit your criteria for not having to cut them off, but they work extremely well. I disassemble them every 4-5 brews so its not to much to replace. They are cheap don't chew up the tubing and I always have a package of 1 size or another laying around it seems. Just something to think about

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Old 08-10-2010, 06:14 PM   #4
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A nut driver, (1/4" I believe), works good to secure ordinary hose clamps. If sized properly, they don't look too bad.

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They also make solid band hose clamps that will allow you take the clamps off and not chew up the tubing.

I second using a nut driver over a screwdriver. Of course its never around when you need it.

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This uses stainless wire

http://www.akcooltools.com/clamptite.html

Oetiker clamps are another option

http://www.oetiker.com/content.asp?idNavig=7&l=4

But silicone is soft enough that plastic zip-ties work great, easy to install, cheap, and pretty low profile if you trim them back.

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I used the fancy euro style hose clamps and they leaked. Cable ties no leaky and cheap as can be. +1 Cable/zip

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I used the fancy euro style hose clamps and they leaked. Cable ties no leaky and cheap as can be. +1 Cable/zip
I'm surprised to hear that a cable tie can be as tight as a hose clamp. Do you tighten them by hand or do you use a tool?
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I'm surprised to hear that a cable tie can be as tight as a hose clamp. Do you tighten them by hand or do you use a tool?
Pull hand tight, then grab tie by the area close to the connection with pliers and pull while twisting the tie, this levers the tie against the base. Not sure if that makes sense, but it is pretty simple/fast. It provides a nice even seal on the tubing. The hose clamps were harder to seal and they also corrode when I would soak the hoses in Oxyclean, even though they were stainless.
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I'm surprised to hear that a cable tie can be as tight as a hose clamp. Do you tighten them by hand or do you use a tool?
I have a tool that tightens and cuts in one motion. Pretty cool if you can find it (maybe the hardware stores, dunno).
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