Any reason I should not use this for my ballast system? Is there something better for less?
|Never seen that stuff before, but looks like it would work. Some depends on the type of pumps you are using. Aerators are more forgiving for certain types of hose. |
I like the fact it is clear...something is more cool about watching the water run through the pipes.
|It won't work with Tsunami 1200 pumps, gotta have 1-1/8" for that. Otherwise looks good. Good find.|
They also have ball valves for under $2.
|Wont hold up to the vacuum drawn buy Impeller type pumps, but should work ok for aerators. The 1" I/D hose will work perfect with the Tsunami T800's as it will slip right over the threaded inlet and outlet.|
|I used 1" hose on my Tsunami 1200's, just heated it up with the heat gun and stretched it to fit. Used a hose clamp before it totally cooled so the grooves would set in the hose when it cooled. Works great. |
I used this hose which looks very similar:
The bend radius is a little bigger than the black factory hose.
|TigeMike, it's called suction hose and looks like it has spiral ribbing - no reason I can see it shouldn't work with impeller systems. |
Most of my hose is 1-1/8" from Flow-Rite. It fits the T-1200's perfect and just a couple extra cranks on the hose clamp to fit 1" barb fittings, or you can wrap them with electrical tape before putting the hose on. $1.47/ft.
Spa-Flex is good stuff too, but more expensive. You can cement regular PVC fittings to it. The 1 1/2" in my system is Spa-Flex, and I have a little bit of 1" here & there.
I wont argue till I know more about it, but my gut says it wont stand up to a pump that will "suck a golf ball through a garden hose"
I've sent a request for more info to them about the hose. We will see what the response it.
IF that hose is sturdy enough, that's a damn good price, as it's a better price then I get wholesale on a hose similar to the Shields Multi-flex.
|Cool, I'm curious too. |
FWIW, from a physics standpoint, vacuum pressure can never exceed -14.9 psi.
Kink resistance, durability, oil resistance, crush resistance, and minimum bend radius are also all important concerns.
Something else I like about the 1-1/8" hose is that it comes off the barb really easily when you loosen the hose clamps. I don't have any quick release fittings in my system, so to pull a sack out I have to undo 3 hose clamps.
|Here is the response from USP Corp. |
> The reinforcement is just the PVC. There is not other material. It can withstand 28" of mercury.
> Thank you for your inquiry
> United States Plastic Corp
> Technical Services
> (800) 537-9724 phone
> (800) 854-5498 fax"
No other reinforcing material, but she says it will handle absolute vacuum. I may see if I can get a couple feet as a sample and see for my self.
|I used flex pvc and glued everything it works great |
|I've used braid-reinforced tubing with for several years with good results. Aerator system but helps out on the tight bends.|
|I've requested a sample piece, we'll see if I get any. If so, i'm gonna plumb it up to my mobile AC evacuator and draw a vacuum on it will resist collapsing.|