You thought the boxes and boxes of stainless steel hose clamps and other types of hose clamps would never end.
When you dad called and asked you and your sister and both your husbands to come spend a long weekend, you prepared yourself with both patience and humor. At the age of 85 your father had been accumulating his treasures from a variety of places: flea markets, garage sales, warehouse closeout sales, and farm auctions. And while he was pretty good at knowing where most of these treasures were stored, the mere fact that he had three two car garages, a 30 yard long Quonset, and various sheds around town meant that he had lots of these so called treasures.
You always knew the day would arrive when your father would decide to sort out and sell a good deal of his stuff at auction so you were not entirely surprised when he called and asked everyone to come and help. With several large garden tractors, mowers, and attachments to move and inventory, your dad asked his two son-in-laws to help. He left The Girls, as he still called you and your sister, with the seemingly endless task of of sorting and grouping various kinds of embossed clamp assembly pieces, and all kinds of adjustable hose clamps. Both you and your sister were used to the many ways that your dad used these clamps when he did not want to mess with zip ties or duct tape, but until you started this project you really could not immediately recognize the difference between an embossed clamp assembly and the less expensive generic types. By the end of the day, however, both you and your sister were experts.
- In all screw clamps, if you keep turning the screwdriver counterclockwise eventually the clamp opens completely, when you are expanding a hose clamp.
- First invented in 1921, the hose clamp was developed by a former Royal Navy Commander named Lumley Robinson.
- A hose clamp or hose clip is a device used to both attach and seal a hose onto a fitting such as a nipple or a barb.
- Screw clamps are typically used for hoses one half inch in diameter and up.
- A hose seal is at risk to leak gas, liquid, or other substances if you do not use the proper quality and size.