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How to make a wire hose clamp

Wire hose clamps have a lot going for them. For one, they are low profile and don’t tend to gouge chunks of meat out of your fingers and knuckles when working around them. Having done almost everything around my house and on my sailboats for years, I have come to appreciate a good thing. Here is a quick primer on a wire hose clamp that I invented. There are several tools on the market that make nice wire hose clamps. I have owned two and used them. They have their limitations, especially in confined areas where you are likely to find need for them. Anyway . . .

To tie one of these clamps, you will need stainless steel or some other non-corrosive type tie or welding wire. You can get it at Harbor Freight and online, I am sure. You will also need needle-nose pliers, common pliers, slip joint pliers and wire side cutters. You can get all of these in one package at Harbor Freight for about six bucks and they come in handy for other projects too. Who knew? So, here we go . . .

First secure the appliance to the work table or else install it firmly in place. Slide the appropriate diameter hose over the barbed nipple. Tie a clove hitch around the tubing/hose behind the barb and cut the wire off giving yourself about an inch on each side of the knot.

Using the common pliers and the slip joint pliers, grab the ends of the wire and pull them hard in opposite directions to tighten the knot. If you need a tighter fit use the curve of the backside of the pliers’ jaws for leverage against the hose to pull the knot tight, then twist both ends 180 degrees so that they are facing back in the direction from which they ran.

This should twist the crossover, creating even more tension on the wraps. Now, cut the ends with the side cutters so that they are abut 3/8 to 1/2 inch long and using the needle-nosed pliers . . .

. . . bend the ends downward so that the sharp end is angled into the side of the tubing and pointed between the two wraps.

Using the common pliers or the slip-joint pliers (depending on the diameter of the tubing) press the ends down between the wraps firmly.

Finally, use the needle-nosed pliers to dress up the clamp and make it look pretty.

You can wrap the whole thing in electricians tape or gorilla tape to protect it and make it look nice or you may want to just leave it exposed and then brag about your mechanical prowess. I choose the latter.

I hope some of you find this helpful. I have some other knots that I use that I think you might appreciate but that is for another blog article. Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.

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