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Old 04-14-2009, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default Shrink to fit hose clamps

I was looking on the McMaster Carr site for some nicer hose clamps and noticed these shrink to fit clamps. Does anyone have any experience with these? They would be single use like the crimp on style but they might have a nice clean look to them.

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Old 04-15-2009, 12:22 AM   #2
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No experience, but I'd be worried that the heat needed to shrink them might cause deformation of the hose. A heat gun puts out quite a bit, and if using standard vinyl, it might be an issue.

Then again, I may be talking out my arse. Again. Or is it, "still"?...

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Old 04-15-2009, 03:13 AM   #3
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Maybe not with Vinyl but I bet they would work great with Silicone Hose.

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Old 04-15-2009, 03:16 AM   #4
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$3.71 each plus shipping, non reusable...i'm out.

Typically, cooling systems operate at a fairly low pressure, not saying they wouldn't work, just likely they they don't have the stamina of a metal clamp.

Would give a nice clean look though. I have used nylon electrical zip ties on my mash tun tubing (no pressure to spek of), they cinch pretty well, look trim, and cost pennies each.

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