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Old 04-17-2009, 10:11 PM
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Flat band hose clamp pliers

Who else hates flat band hose clamps? What kind of dumd *** engineer came up with these? They lose their tension, start leaking all the time. Now I'm buying special pliers just to take them off and put on screw hose clamps.
Most of all it's hard to find them locally. I went to schucks and kid there was looking at me like I fell off the moon. "hose clamp pliers?" Then he pulls out $10 regular pliers and tells me to use those, I just had to leave.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:01 AM
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I never used any special pliers to take them off, usually a screw driver or a set of side cutters. I hate em also .

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Even worse are those $*%!#^& single wire type clamps! Just try squeezing then with a regular pair of pliers because the ends are round and off-set they just twist, but I am sure you know what I mean. Flat clamps, as much of a PITA as they are, seem easy compared to the crappy wire clamps!
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Old 04-18-2009, 08:43 AM
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I kinda like the flat band clamps. They are only good for 1 or 2 uses, but with a regular pair of pliers they go on and come right off. They are a pain if they are in a place that is hard to get to though.
For the wire ones, I took a pair of semi cheap pliers and drilled a hole in the end and a hole in the side of the jaws.

The ones I hate are the band clamps with the screw that sticks straight out, the ones you find on 60's and 70's fords...those are a pita to get off, anymore I use a cutoff wheel.

The other crappy ones are the wire hose clamps with screws, like you find on older jap cars...

Then there are the ones with the 2 crimps, one on either side...those are more fun than a box of broken glass.

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Old 04-18-2009, 08:53 AM
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A while back I modified a cheap pair of pliers for those "looped wire" hose clamps. I drilled a hole the size of a 16 penny nail in both jaws, stuck about 5/16" into the inner jaw area on both jaws, then welded the backside and ground smooth. I loaned them out about 5 years ago, haven't seen them since...



Back to the original topic, around here we just wait to replace the whole hose, clamps and all, nobody ever changes a hose until it blows and wrecks a bunch more stuff (at least that's what everything I work on is like...)....


In a while, Chet.
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:29 AM
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Those pesky wire clamps are tamed by using a pair of Diamond clamp pliers like shown below left, or the ones that look like a external snap-ring removal tool- except for the tips.
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I have a set of Snap On hose clamp pliers, have had them for over 30 years. Best money I think I have ever spent.

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Old 04-18-2009, 04:49 PM
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Sears have them..
Also Matco, and ect.
Hose Clamp Pliers
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