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    Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    Is it ok to us a socket wrench to get this extra tight? I don't want to crack the skimmer or the pump attachment. I even used 2 hose clamps. I read on this forum that some people use a socket wrench.

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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    Socket driver will work fine but do not over tighten, it will just make any leak worse. PVC fittings will be able to withstands more force if you don't have those now where the hose goes over.

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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    That appears to be drain pipe. You will never get a connection that doesn't leak using the hose clamps.

    If you want something that is more resilient to winter than PVC you need to use poly hose. That will take clamps very well.
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    Pull the hose off, then put a few wraps of teflon tape around the pipe, slide the hose back over it (make sure it's a snug fit), then tighten the clamp with a 3/8" nut driver. Slide that second hose clamp up against the first, in the opposite direction. Don't use a socket wrench, it's easy to over torque and crack the pipe. The nut driver is a screw driver with a socket head. Better than a flat head screw driver, but less torque than a socket wrench.
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    LIPOOLGUY - Thanks! Interesting...... teflon tape around the pipe, even though there is no threading? I'll have to buy a nut driver. When you say opposite direction.......... look at picture #2 is that what you mean? If not, can you provide a picture??
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    Good suggestion LIPoolguy. Done that myself on a couple of different things.
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    Quote Originally Posted by richierich View Post
    LIPOOLGUY - Thanks! Interesting...... teflon tape around the pipe, even though there is no threading? I'll have to buy a nut driver. When you say opposite direction.......... look at picture #2 is that what you mean? If not, can you provide a picture??
    Exactly what I mean by opposite direction. The closer together they are, the larger the "sealing" area is. Nut drivers are cheap, you can find a set of them at Depot for rather cheap.... http://www.homedepot.com/p/SAE-Nut-D...0071/204663525
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    Good old silicone sealant?
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    woodyp. forgive my ignorance, can you post a pic or a link of what product you mean, there are so many. are you saying put silicon sealant around the pipe then clamp the hose on?

    would silicon sealant stay stuck to the pipes?
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    A silicone sealant dries to the consistency of rubber. Apply to piping then attach with hose clamps. Should come in a tube----various and sundry brands.
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    ok so that's better than teflon tape you think? It should be able to come off without a problem in the fall right?

    do I put a thin coat or apply a lot. Do I try to stop the flow of water for an hour to let it cure? thank you
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    Re: Leaking hose clamps - ok to use a socket wrench?

    Thanks guys I got all but 1 leak fixed used teflon tape. Didn't have any silicon so now I'm going out to get. Do I apply silicon all around the piping pretty much and slide the hose on? How long should I wait before letting the water flow so the silicon can dry??? Thanks gentelmen
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