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Old 01-27-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Source for Anti-Kink Springs?

I have an area in my brew rig that really needs an anti-kink spring for safety reasons. It is for the 1/2" ID silicone tubing, so it would need to be 3/4" diameter, maybe 4-6" long would provide for a nice gentle bend if the hose isnt positioned properly.

I have been searching here and on google and cant find much of anything... maybe I am just not using the right terminology.

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Old 01-27-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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I am thinking I have a spring on my garden hose nossel that probably work. I think it is one of those 5 dollar ones at HD that I use as a shut off valve. Might check out the garden department and see if you could use something there.


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Old 01-27-2011, 03:56 PM   #3
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Like that.
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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Well since this is silicone tubing, it cant be too stiff, otherwise the spring wont yeild and it will just kink after the spring.

I know that I have seen them before, I just cant find them!
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:08 PM   #5
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Yeah than that is too stiff. Maybe from the inside of a large water heater hose? I know some of them have that spring in them if big enough.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:09 PM   #6
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I dont know your situation, but why not just add an elbow?? The link contains a BobbyM video where he demonstrates this.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:35 PM   #7
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It is an odd position where I have an tankless water heater that has a 4' silicone tube coming off of a plumbing stub.

99% of the time, it feeds up into the mash tun to provide strike water and on-demand sparge water, it works perfectly for this.

1% of the time, when I want to do things like cleaning or am just being careless, I have to 'think' about the connection and make sure I dont kink it. If the water stops flowing out of it, pressure and steam quickly builds in the tankless heater and the input hose blows off. This is good because it is a quasi-fail-safe, as the water that is then streaming out of the hose is tap water, but the tankless heater will then begin to vent steam out of the inlet, and that is not safe.

This could be cured by additional copper plumbing, but my rig already has enough of that, or I could install some sort of flow sensor (but that still woudlnt prevent an over-pressure situation, just the steam hazard), but this is just such a simple solution that I want to go the strain-relief route.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
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yeah I built all 3 of my silicone tubing with an elbow on each end. the tubing just threads onto the male parts and I didn't notice any leaking when I used them.

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Old 01-27-2011, 06:37 PM   #9
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or maybe pick up one of these tubing benders from the big box store for that critical section you have:

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Old 01-27-2011, 08:17 PM   #10
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Good idea, maybe those will work, but 3/4" tubing is awfly large to be bending!

Maybe I will just have to plumb something up!


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