While there is an array of hoses on the market and all are used for different things, one thing they have in common is that they need some type of clamp to hold them in place and to keep liquids from escaping.
Hose clamps are created and produced to secure hoses over fittings. Clamps work by clamping hoses down so it prevents the fluid inside the hoses from leaking out at the connection.
From vehicle engine hoses to shower hoses, clamps can be a lifesaver for keeping liquid, gases, or chemicals flowing through the hose and not outside of it. When it comes to clamps holding the liquid in, let us not forget swimming pool pump hoses. I have had my fair share of those and they certainly came in handy.
As a pool owner for nearly 20 years, the hoses that connect the pump to the pool are extremely important. It is how the water is filtered and cleaned properly to be safe for swimmers.
Having an array of types and sizes of clamps on hand was imperative to keep the water flowing properly without losing any of it on the ground, along with the money it takes to refill a pool.
Categories of Hose Clamps
There are four overarching categories of hose clamps, including spring, wire, screw or band clamps, and ear clamps. Each clamp works best on its appropriate hose and the attachment at the end of it.
The Way Hose Clamps Work
The way a hose clamp works is to first attach it to the edge of a hose that is then placed around a certain object. For example, a pool pump has two places in which to hook up hoses, the input, and output.
You need to have a clamp on each hose at each of those spots along with the attachments on the inside and outside of the pool that connect it with the pump.
The clamps hold the hoses in place at each end so the water flows in and out freely but does not leak onto the ground below. Let’s take a look at different types of hose clamps, their sizes, and descriptions so that you can choose the best hose clamp for the purpose you need it for.
Different Types of Hose Clamps
Screw or band clamps are used to tighten hoses to fittings so they do not move or slide off. When you turn the attached screw, it pulls the threads of the band, causing the band to tighten around the hose. This is the type of clamp I used for years for my swimming pool pump.
Here are five screw/band clamps
1. EVIL ENERGY 2.5 Inch 2 1/2 Butt Joint Exhaust Band Clamp Sleeve Stainless Steel 2pcs
This clamp by Evil Energy is used to join 2.5″ OD pipe to 2.5″ OD pipe and comes in six different sizes. It is recommended that you measure before purchasing. These butt clamps boast unitized construction and maximize material efficiency for reduced weight and minimize part number complexity.
The width of the strap is three inches and each package comes with two pieces. The application used is a butt joint band 2.5 inches exhaust clamp and is a simple and effective manner used to connect an exhaust system including, mufflers, pipes, and catalytic converters.
High clamp loads and a unique seal are provided and allow for flexibility to take it apart when you need to service.
This clamp can also be used to repair exhaust pipes but you should measure before purchasing to ensure proper sizing. Distributes the clamping force evenly over the entire 360° to prevent leaks and control material distortion. No welding design makes it easy and less time consuming to install or remove.
The 2 1/2 exhaust clamp comes with an I-block which creates a complete “Inner-circle Seal” when clamping. Can create a better seal, helping prevent exhaust gas and noise leaks. The stainless steel exhaust clamp boasts great durability, strength, looks good in appearance, and is anti-corrosive.
This particular clamp comes with a three-month, money-back guarantee and works well for preventing noise and exhaust leaks from your vehicle.
2. 10pcs Adjustable Worm Gear Hose Clamps Screw Band Stainless Steel Fuel Line Worm Drive Clips, Stainless Steel Band & Housing(10-16)
This amazing clamp will protect your hose from any damage that could be caused by extrusion. It works perfectly for electronic, automotive, and industrial applications or even for home use. This clamp is used often for connecting air hoses, fuel hoses, silicone hoses on vehicles, and water pipes.
It is described by users as a durable and sturdy option that is resistant to corrosion and pressure proofed. It does not easily deform which makes it much longer-lasting.
3. Selizo 40Pcs Hose Clamp Including 7 Sizes Adjustable Pipe Tube Clamps 304 Stainless Steel Hose Clips
This amazing hose clamp kit comes with 40 awesome pieces of hose clamps in seven different sizes. You can use these clamps for a variety of things, including on swimming pool pumps, lawn and garden hoses, and even in your garage for your vehicles or motorcycles.
They can even come in handy for hoses that you may have in and around your house.
These hose clips are made of premium heavy duty 304 stainless steel and are salt resistant, will not corrode, are anti-rust, waterproof, and even oil-proof. Their solid and sturdy material guarantees the adjustable hose clamps will last a long time to come.
There are seven different diameters of steel hose clamps so that you can adapt them to a variety of hoses, including six to 12MM, 10 to 16 MM, 13 to 19 MM, 16 to 25 MM, 19 to 29 MM, 18 to 32MM, and 21 to 38 MM.
This convenient clamp kid offers flexibility in ductile with a wide adjustable size ranges from six to 38 MM. They are also super easy to install and you can reuse them in the future. They feature a worm gear mechanism that will allow you to simply adjust the diameter of the clamps to the exact sealing pressure.
You can even use them in tight spaces to prevent flow leakage. These clamps can also be recycled and are widely used as pipe tube clamps in securing hoses, cable, pipes, fuel lines, tubing, and more. These are great to use in automotive, boat and marine, industrial, electronic, or even home applications.
4. Koehler Enterprises KE6BX 10 Piece Hose Clamp Box (Micro Size 6)
These clamps range in size from a micro size 6 with a clamping range from 5/16 inch to 7/8 inch. This box contains 10 pieces for your convenience and is great to use when installing in tight-fitting or hard to reach areas.
You can use these clamps on hoses around your home or in your vehicle and they can be as industrial clamps also.
These 300 series stainless steel band offers plenty of resistance to most chemicals and salt so they will last a long time to come. These clamps are very versatile, easy to use, and easy to maintain for your convenience.
5. LOKMAN Hose Clamp, 60 Pieces Stainless Steel Adjustable 6-38mm Range Worm Gear Hose Clamp, Fuel Line Clamp for Plumbing, Automotive and Mechanical Applications
This set of hose clamps include a variety of hose clamps. All parts of theses clamps, such as the band, housing, and screw, have been produced from premium heavy-duty stainless steel material. They are resistant to salt, are anti-rust, will not corrode, are waterproof, and even oil-proof.
They are sturdy, extremely reliable, and very strong. This box of clamps offers a wild adjustable size range and are flexible and ductile with sizes ranging from 6 to 38mm/1/4-1.5 inches. They will fit hoses that have diameters of 6-12mm, 10-16mm, 13-19mm, 16-25mm, 19-29mm, 22-32mm, 25-38mm.
They are handy because they will work for a multitude of tasks. These types of clamps are widely used in securing cable, tubing, fuel lines, pipes, and hoses. They are great to use for automotive, boat and marine, shield, around your household, and in industry,
They can be used indoors or outside and are very environmentally friendly as they can be reused and recycled if you want to move them around and use them for various things.
This package contains 60 pieces of stainless-steel hose clamps with five sizes and they’re packaged in a very handy case for easy storage and handling.
Spring clamps, also known as pinch clamps, will put you in the mind of a hyped-up clothespin. Much like a clothespin, these clamps are two-handled with jaws joined together with a steel spring.
They are extremely handy as you can use them for making smaller repairs and they can act as a third hand for you when you are painting or gluing on a project.
Here are Five Types of Spring Clamps
1. Online Best Service 12 Pack – 6″ inch Spring Clamp Large Super Heavy Duty Spring Metal Black – 3-inch Jaw opening
This 12 pack of spring clamps with an extra-wide jaw opening of three inches is six inches in length. They may seem small but are heavy duty with a firm grip and sport PVC coated tips and handles. Users of these clamps tout their strength, convenience, and durability as being one of the best options for their projects.
2. EACHPOLE |10-Pack| Heavy Duty Nylon Spring Clamps 4.5 inch for Home Improvement Projects and Photography Studios, APL1770
This 10-pack contains 4.5-inch long spring nylon clamps that work great for constant holding power while you are working on a project that includes gluing work, painting, assembly, or fastening.
The set is made of a very strong and rugged type of plastic which makes the clamp very heavy-duty and long-lasting. These clamps have a movable tip for more flexibility and tension options and a tempered steel spring provides consistent pressure for longer holding power.
3. PONY Heavy Duty Metal Spring Clamps Set 2-inch, 1-inch Jaw Open, with Protective Handles and Tips, 10-piece
These nickel-plated steel clamps offer a longer tool life and are made of heavy-duty steel with springs that provide fast and easy opening and closing.
4. Feiyang 13 Miter Spring Clamps with Pliers for Woodworking, Wood Trim, Picture Frames and Moldings
These clamps are wonderful when creating picture frames or working on a project involving wood trim and moldings.
An angled cut offers a sharp point for working with wood and there is plenty of strong pressure in the grip to hold the wood until the glue dries on a project. The pliers are made of hard steel and are not easily deformed.
5. Plastic Spring Clamps 18PCS 3-Size Nylon Photography Backdrop Clips Support Clamps 6pc 6″, 6pc 4-1/2″, 6pc 3-3/8″
These spring clamps are made of reinforced nylon for tight, sturdy, and long-lasting hold. Durable pads protect the finish and they feature plastic swivel pads at the tips to accommodate irregular surfaces. A variety of sizes are offered in this kit for more versatile use.
These clamps measure 6-in.4-1/2in., 3-3/8in. from tip to handle and the jaw openings are 3in., 2in., and 1-3/8in wide. The throat depth is about 2-3/4in., 1-3/4in., 1-3/8in.
This company offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for these spring clamps that will work well for you when involved in photography, backdrop, or art project.
Ear clamps are used to connect a hose to a pipe or fitting. They have a metal band that protrudes like an ear, hence the name of them. The sides of the ear are gripped together to tighten the ring around the hose to hold it in place.
Here are Five Types of Ear Clamps
1. Keadic 80Pcs 1/4″-15/16″ 304 Stainless Steel Single Ear Hose Clamps Pex Pinch Clamp Assortment Kit with Ear Clamp Pincer for Securing Pipe Hoses and Automotive Use
Constructed of stainless steel, these clamps are resistant to corrosion resistant and will not rust. Their special cochlear design offers a strong thermal expansion compensation function which helps to keep the hose securely in place.
These clamps are single-ear and covers eight common sizes, including 6-7mm, 7-8.7mm, 8.8-10.5mm, 10.3-12.8mm, 12.8-15.3mm, 15.3-18.5mm, 17.8-21.0mm, 20.3-23.5mm.
These ear clamps are widely used for hoses and plastic pipes, and work very well when it comes to the hoses of beverage machines, boats, motorcycles, vehicles, and even industry.
This convenient kit includes an ear clamp pincher with a handle coated in plastic which helps when installing to single ear hose clamps, double ear, or stepless clamps.
2. Oetiker 5 Pack Stepless Single Ear Hose Clamps 18.5mm
This is a genuine Stepless clamp made of stainless steel material that prevents it from rusting. It has a lightweight 360° stepless design that means there are no steps or gaps at the inner circumference. This allows for a concentrated seal compression with its narrow band.
It also has a specially formed strip edge that minimizes the risk of damage to the part of the hose that is being clamped.
3. Proster 130pcs Hose Clamps Rings 7-21mm 304 Single Ear Stepless Hose Clamps Assortment Stainless Steel Cinch Clamp Rings
Corrosion-Resistant, these high precision single ear stepless hose clamps are constructed from 304 stainless steel and will not rust so they are great for long-time use.
An increased clamp force allows them to be used to seal an array of types of hoses as the pincers can increase the clamping force. These clamps work great for repairing pipes and plumbing systems.
4. Oetiker 18500056 Service Kit (2-Ear Clamps, zinc plated with standard jaw single action pincers)
Not only are these clamps created from 304 stainless steel, but they are also resistant to rust and corrosion. They are able to seal quicker from their cochlear design that facilitates thermal expansion compensation. They are easier to use since they have magnetic ability to hold them in place.
This single ear hose clamp set covers inner diameter range of 6-28.6mm (10 common sizes, 10 pcs for each size): 6-7mm, 7-8.7mm, 8.8-10.5mm, 10.3-12.8mm, 12.8-15.3mm, 15.3-18.5mm, 17.8-21.0mm, 20.3-23.5mm, 22.4-25.6mm, 25-28.6mm.
5. IEUYO Single Ear Hose Clamps Assortment Kit, StepLess Ear Clamps, 304 Stainless Steel, Adjustable Diameter Different Sizes Fit Diameter Range From 7.8mm To 25.6mm,8Sizes, 96PCS
Made of 304 Stainless Steel, this clamps is resistant to corrosion and ruse for long-lasting ability. Its inner ring offers radial guidance for better sealing and the size ranges from 7.8mm to 25.6mm when its open.
This type of clamps is easy to use for vehicles, tractors, ships, any gasoline engine, and home improvement projects.
6. ISPINNER 80pcs 304 Stainless Steel 5.8-23.5mm Single Ear Stepless Hose Clamps Assortment Kit, Cinch Clamp Rings 1/4″ – 15/16″ by ISPINNER
Made of 304 stainless steel and rust and corrosion-resistant, this ear clamp set comes with 80 pieces and covers eight common sizes, including 5.8-7mm, 7-8.7mm, 8.8-10.5mm, 10.3-12.8mm, 12.8-15.3mm, 15.3-18.5mm, 17.8-21.0mm, 20.3-23.5mm ( 5.8mm-23.5mm)
This clamp offers 360 degrees seal protection so there is no protrusion or gap in the inner, narrowband design. The portable plastic box these clamps come in will make it easier for you to store and use these awesome clamps.