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Flexible Tubing and Barbed Fittings
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Q. I always seem to have a problem trying to get the flexible tubing connected to the barbed fittings. What am I doing wrong?
 
A. Flexible tubingConnecting flexible tubing to barbed fittings should not be a difficult task. By applying the following 'know-how' tips the aquatic experts use, the installation of filters using various barbed inserts and fittings should go smoothly.

When working with flexible tubing, soak one end of the tubing in a cup of hot water. This softens the tubing and makes it more pliable so it is easier to slide over the barbed fittings.

To keep flexible tubing from slipping off of barbed inserts, place a hose clamp on the hose before attaching the tubing to the barb. Then, tighten the clamp on the tubing over the barb to hold it in place. Use plastic clamps for internal plumbing and stainless steel for external.

When using flexible tubing on male ends of threaded fittings, apply teflon tape to the fitting and remember to always remove the old teflon tape and replace it with new tape after removing or replacing threaded plumbing fittings. The teflon tape provides a tighter, waterproof fit.

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