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A standard hose clamp doesn’t work very well for clamping a spiral hose such as that found in dust collection systems. It has to clamp over one of the coils which can make a less-than-airtight connection. To solve this problem you can use a bridge hose clamp which has an offset connector that crosses over the coil without crushing it.

Made for right-hand spiraling hoses, the Rockler version of this clamp goes as far as replacing the usually frustrating screw head with a thumb screw and extends the shaft to give your fingers more clearance while turning the screw.

A five pack of the Rockler style 2-1/2″ clamps will run you $8 and a five-pack of 4″ clamps will run you $10. Other retailers sell similar products for both right- and left-hand spiraling hoses, but it seems only Rockler sells bridge hose clamps with the thumbscrew.

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5 Responses to Bridge The Spiral, Don’t Crush It

  1. Jason says:

    Just what I need for my dryer. That spring clamp is a pain to deal with.

  2. Joe C. says:

    Brilliant! Not as brilliant as Guinness, but . . ..

  3. shopmonger says:

    yeah this is a great idea…… but you can use regular clamps and 6 inches of electrical tape/……air tight


  4. Tom says:

    Too bad they are not made of stainless for use on water hoses — like on my boat.

  5. Cybergibbons says:

    You can get band clamp kits which just have a long roll of the band, and then the screw part. You use a special pair of pliers to crimp the band onto the screw part.

    You can do the same as with this clamp just by making the two folds in the band.

    I found that making two of these and offsetting the by 180 degrees made for pretty solid connections.

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