Since their invention in 1921 by Royal Navy Commander Lumley Robinson, hose clamps have become an integral part of a number of industries from plumbing to automotive. Stainless steel hose clamps are used to attach and seal a hose onto a fitting such as a barb or nipple. Hose clamps have thousands of applications, making them one of the most versatile pieces of equipment used today.
Applications for Hose Clamps
Hose clamps are typically used to secure hoses in automotive systems or for clamping lines in home plumbing systems. In many cases, these clamps can be used as a heavy-duty zip tie or as a replacement for duct tape. Plumbers have been known to use a special type of screw type hose clamp to quickly fix damaged pipes in emergency situations. When applying hose clamps, the pressure is typically limited to help moderate the pressure found in automotive and home applications. Hose clamps come in a variety of styles and applications to fit just about any job.
Different Kinds of Hose Clamps
Although hose clamps all perform the same function, they do so in differing ways. The aforementioned screw clamps are usually used for hoses larger than 1/2 inch in diameter. Worm gear hose clamps are a special kind of hose clamp that can be daisy-chained if needed to make a longer clamp to fit pipes of all diameters. The most simple of hose clamps is the wire hose which is a modest piece of heavy wire that has been bent into a tight U-shape. Another simple hose clamp, the spring hose clamp, is a strip of metal that has been shaped into a cylindrical spring with several protrusions sticking out. With so many hose clamps in different sizes and shapes, there is bound to be an ideal hose clamp for whatever job needs to be done.