If you want a hack job, then use a hose clamp.
I know that a hose clamp will NEVER be as strong as the crimp ring used on
Also, you are not supposed to reuse a PEX joint, so if you cut the ring off,
you will need to clip the end off the hose as well.
I think it's because those clamps don't apply even pressure all around
the hose because the clamp is distorted where its screw fits. It's
also possible that their screws work loose (one brand of clamp had a
screw lock to prevent this). I have a heater hose fitting on my car
that's a lot more likely to leak when I use a screw hose clamp rather
than the factory flat spring steel clamp, even though the latter
doesn't seem to clamp as tightly. Also I've read that air conditioner
hoses for cars have to be crimped for systems that use leak-prone
R-134a refrigerant rather than the old and now-illegal R-12, and one
FAQ about making those crimp connections recommended actually
measuring the crimps every 60 degrees with a micrometer o make sure
they were perfectly round. Sure, household plumbing connections
aren't the same as A/C or heater hose connections, but then the latter
two aren't buried underground or inside walls and aren't expected to
last decades without maintenance.
If you think compressing a small cylinder of copper is "magic" ... ho boy...
Don't know - I used the solid ones.
Because they're not as strong? Because they're not even? Because you can
over *and* under-tighten them? (How can you tell if they're the right
pressure?) Because they can work loose? Because they're not designed to be
used with PEX? Because they're *more* expensive than the little copper rings?
Pretty much everyone owns a pair of Vice Grips too:
Did you miss that link in the previous thread? At around 50 crimpings,
you'll save the cost of the crimper because you're not buying 50 hose clamps!
Who cares? When has "ease of removability" ever been a goal in plumbing?
Seriously - that's just asking for leaks.
than the PEX clamps now being sold,
Forget about it... just go to Home Depot and pay $20 for 50' of PEX, grab
some fittings and some hose clamps...
Let us know how it goes. For the time and energy you and others have put
into this (and other) thread(s), you could have tried the hose clamps on a
small project already! Whaddya got to loose? Remember the hose clamps are
easy to remove right?
On Monday, October 22, 2007 at 4:52:02 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote
Hose clamps work on thick walled rubber hoses. Hose clamps wouldn't work o
n pex. If you have pex plumbing in your house and usually do diy plumbing
then buy the tool. Otherwise there are some reusable connectors that work
on pex and can be used on "occasional" repairs. They work fine, the only t
rouble is they run around $10 a piece.
I bought the continuous ring crimper to replace my water main.
Cost me $50 per crimp. Still not a large part of the cost.
One thing to watch out for is clearance.
To get enough leverage, I had to dig the pit several feet wider
I could climb down in the hole and hurt myself trying to squeeze
the handles in an awkward position.
The other type of clamp may not require precise alignment of the tool
and work better in tight spaces. Hydraulic crimpers solve the problem.
I wouldn't even think about using screw-type hose clamps.
Just compare the cost of a leak in your wall while you're out of town
to the cost of doing it right.
Decision should be obvious.
You're gonna get the permits and have inspections, right?
Inspector probably won't like hose clamps.
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