Get Accustomed To Using Layflat Hose Couplers

Layflat hoses are noted for their portability and capability to be attached to other hose sections. When not in use, layflat hoses can be wound around a spool that is secured inside a pickup truck bed or in a trailer. On a job site, hose sections can be attached together. The use of couplers will aid with securing adjoining hose endings.

A Coupler

A coupler is a piece of hardware or a durable piece of plastic that will attach two hose sections together. Once the couplers have been secured, the water force will not prevent the sections from coming loose. Quality couplers will contain a rigid design and a locking mechanism. Metal couplers will likely be the more durable coupler type, concerning metal and plastic products. If metal couplers are going to be used, it is a good idea to assess the metal type.

The packaging that couplers come in will indicate if the hardware pieces are resistant to corrosion. If they are not, they will either need to be stored in a dry, airtight space while they are not being used or will need to be treated with a rust inhibitor. Plastic couplers should be constructed of thick plastic. Couplers are round in shape and will contain ridges along the bottom of them. The ridges are designed to attach to the end of a hose. The ridges will line up with the threading that is on a hose end. Couplers need to be screwed onto hose endings. 

The Attachment Process

Couplers that contain clamps will be most effective in keeping layflat hoses attached. Clamps act as a secondary security measure. If the rigid design of a coupler loosens from a hose end, a clamp will ensure that the two hose sections still remain attached together. Before you use couplers for the first time, take the couplers out of their package and manually and visually inspect them.

You will be able to test out how to engage the clamp that is on each one. Next, unroll the layflat hoses. Make sure that the hoses are clean and dry. Any debris that is attached to a hose opening could interfere with a coupler's ability to screw onto a hose end. If the hoses are dirty, use a vacuum to remove loose debris from them. Next, hold the two hose ends together and secure a coupler to them. Screw the coupler tightly and engage the clamp. 

For more information about layflat hose couplers, contact a local company.