Replacing Gas Line on Weedeater

My weedeater's gas line finally bit the dust (literally) and I'm now in the process of trying to replace it. I have very TINY hole in the gas tank that I fit a small rubber hose through. The hose is the right side but I just need some tips on how to get the tube through that hole in the gas tank. Help?
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Owen Funkhouser wrote:

Toothpick & hemostats? Where did you find the hose? (I might be in the same position very soon...).
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An easy way is to cut a long taper on the end, punch a hole in the taper and use a straightened gem clip or nylon fishing line to pull though the gas tank hole. Use needle nose pliers stuck into the hose end to stretch the end enough to go on the filter tip and carp bib. Use gasoline resistant sealer around the tubing where it goes through the tank.
The secret on stretching the end of the hose is to shove the nose of the pliers in the hose as far as possible and then pull the handles apart and hold for a time, release and shove in farther and spread handles again. Keep repeating until the hose will stay stretched open long enough to fully assemble. It will shrink back to a tight fit within a minute.
Tom J
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Owen Funkhouser wrote:

i got an old sears weed eater.. this is how i done it: two plastic hoses that go into the gas than , 1 the fat one about 3/8 inch... eventhough the old one is short about 3 inches you start off with a longer one and cut one end into a point(thats so you can feed it into the plastic tank.. i have to put a small filter on one end and then thread the other pointed end into the gas tank opening and into the small hole inside the tank and when you get the pointed end into (or out of this hole in the tank) you then take needle nose pliers and pull it through... after it is all the way though i have a lock ring that goes over the end of the hose(to keep it from fallng back into the tank) now for the smaller hose.. same thing you got to start off with a longer piece of hose and cut the end into a point(so it will fit into the small opening... when you get some through you take needle nose pliers and pull it through... pretty easy once you do it.. i am on my third set of hoses.. the gas and the heat over time in the storage shed makes the hoses brittle........ hope this helps.
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Owen Funkhouser wrote:

Thanks for all the tips!
I ended up cutting the hose at an angle. Using a twisting action with a very small push, I was able to finally get the hose into the tank. I continued this until the hose stuck out the top. I attached the "fish tank like filter stone" to it and pulled the line about 1/2 inch back.
Attaching the other side of the hose to carburator was a nightmare. The hose kept splitting. So after about an hour, I found some old scraps of the hose. To my amazement, I learned that there are two sizes of hose involved in this process. The small hose I had is used for the gas tank and a larger hose is used to connect to the carburator. There is a nifty little white connector that I forgot about, which is used to connect the two lines.
It is all back together. But I lost my spark plug in the process ... always something.
Thanks again for all of the tips!
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