Clear Hose

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Clear Hose

Postby Shaun » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:56 am

I started with 12mm garden hose for cooling, now i want clear hose instead, i see the green place hass 13mm clear hose, will this be ok for my current fittings to swap over?
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby The Stig » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:08 pm

It will work but....
That clear stuff tends to collapse when it get hot
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Doubleuj » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:09 pm

The plain clear hose may not handle the pressure and may blow in time.
They do have a semi clear reinforced hose, think it’s in the plumbing section
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Shaun » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:29 pm

Thanks, will check out the that hose.
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Maxxx » Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:45 pm

Kinetics is the brand name of the reinforced hose from the Bunnings
Mine is about 5 yrs old and still going strong.
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Shaun » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:52 pm

This stuff
https://www.bunnings.com.au/kinetic-13m ... e_p4920237

They also have in 10m length, cool
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Maxxx » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:32 pm

That’s the one :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby db1979 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:10 pm

I use 19 mm vinyl clear tubing from bunnings. Yeah it doesn't like going round corners (it does kink), but if you get the lengths right (and it's easy to cut) and use elbows where needed then it works well. You can see where there are air pockets and it's easy to join to the 19 mm irrigation fittings, which there are heaps of different types including valves and snap connectors.

I've never had it not hold pressure, but I only use a 35 W water feature pump.

Even on stripping runs it doesn't get hot enough to collapse, but I've made sure there's no slack bits in the lines.

By the way, when I say it's easy to join to 19 mm fittings, soak the last half inch of the tubing in hot water for 20 seconds and it goes on easy and makes an excellent seal. No leaks.
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby db1979 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:12 pm

Shaun wrote:I started with 12mm garden hose for cooling, now i want clear hose instead, i see the green place hass 13mm clear hose, will this be ok for my current fittings to swap over?

Nah go 19 mm, the bigger the less pressure drop and your pump will thank you for it.
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Shaun » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:00 pm

So if i change to 19mm i just get 18mm connectors?
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby db1979 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:04 pm

19 mm hose, 19 mm connectors, soak the hose end (half inch) in hot water for about 20 seconds and push it onto the fitting. Makes a great seal.
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby RC Al » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:15 am

My local produce place has much nicer hose and prices than bunnies and sells by the meter

An irrigation shop might have some options too, ymmv price wise though
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Amberale » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:47 pm

I was buying a fuel transfer jiggle hose(thats what I call it anyway :) ) from Supercheap rcently and noticed one of them had an internal spring to prevent kinking.
I’m considering trying it or something like it on my hot hoses as I’ve had one kink on me in the past with messy results.
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Sam. » Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:44 pm

If you want it just for a visual indication you can just cut a small length into where you think you want it, don’t have to replace the lot :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby Shaun » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:55 pm

Sam. wrote:If you want it just for a visual indication you can just cut a small length into where you think you want it, don’t have to replace the lot :handgestures-thumbupleft:


L was considering upgrading my hose to 19mm but will take your advice and add a clear piece, i like the idea of a blue intake and red out let, just for visual aspect.
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Re: Clear Hose

Postby scythe » Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:42 pm

Electrical tape wrapped around a couple of times will give you the colours you desire.
No need to colourthe whole line.
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