Common Hose Fittings That Nobody Understands

by Carter Toni

Many of the hydraulic hose fittings by HS Company Limited (1800 Hose Van) are made in a variety of materials such as steel, brass, stainless steel, plastic and glass.

The most common fitting is the hose barb. It can be used on either a gas or liquid line. The hose barb is connected to the hose by a clamp or crimped ferrule. A second end may be flared or threaded. The hose barb is very versatile and can provide excellent holding power when used with a properly sized clamp.

A garden hose quick connect system has been designed for ease-of-use and fast installation when connecting a hose to an outdoor faucet or spigot.There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding hose fittings and what they’re used for. We don’t know why — maybe it’s because the industry is so specialized, or maybe these particular pieces of equipment are simply overlooked.

Either way, there are common hose fittings that people use for all sorts of jobs, but probably shouldn’t be using. Here’s what you should know about them:

Branch tees

Branch tees are used to split a single inlet out into two outlets. They’re not intended to combine two inlets into one outlet. Unfortunately, many people make this mistake anyway, and end up with leaks or other problems as a result.

Push-on fittings

People tend to use push-on fittings almost everywhere, but that’s not how they were intended to be used. Yes, they can fit on virtually any hose size and type, but they’re only meant for use with low-pressure applications like compressed air and water lines. Using push-on fittings in high-pressure applications like hydraulic hoses is a recipe for disaster — especially if you’re using push-on fittings to repair broken hydraulic lines!

The Hose Barb

The barb is the generic fitting that all hoses use. It’s a simple metal rod with a ridged or barbed center that allows it to be easily inserted into the hose, but not easily removed. The barb is quite versatile, because it can be used in conjunction with different types of hoses for a variety of purposes.

The Common Garden Hose Fitting

This is the essential garden hose fitting. It has a female end (the coupler), which attaches directly to the spigot using threads, and a male end (the plug), which attaches to the garden hose. It’s made of brass, since brass doesn’t rust or corrode when water passes through it. Most people who own a garden hose also own several of these fittings, as they’re typically used in conjunction with sprinklers and other watering devices.

Threaded Male Fitting

The threaded male fitting is the simplest type of fitting. It’s characterized by a long thread on the outside, which allows it to screw into another fitting.

Swivel Fitting

Swiveling hose fittings are operated with a lever that locks the hose into place and releases it when it’s time to move on to something else. If you’ve ever fixed your car and had issues with the brake fluid or gas tank, then you’ve probably used this type of fitting before. They’re ideal for working with hoses that need to be moved around often, such as those used in machinery or machinery repair.

Barb Fittings

Barb hose fittings are one of the most widely used fitting types, as they generally fit a wide range of hoses and connect with many different types of hoses. A barb fitting is distinguished by its long, narrow body and ridges at the end that allow it to securely catch and hold on to a hose as well as prevent it from slipping out once installed.

Cam-and-Groove Fittings

Cam-and-groove couplings consist of two separate pieces: a cam (the male portion) and a groove (the female portion). The two pieces interlock with each other in order to seal and secure them together, creating the connection between two hoses or between a hose and an accessory.

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