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Old    Ryan (liquiddiet)      Join Date: Feb 2009       12-02-2009, 8:16 AM Reply   
Anyone know a reasonable place to pick up ballast hose similar to this in 1" ID?
Old    Shredtastic (seth)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-02-2009, 8:31 AM Reply   
I got mine at West Marine, Also check out Home Depot, I think they have the white flex spa tubing that will last longer than the other stuff but isnt as flexible. I used a combination of both on my system.
Old    Dave (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       12-02-2009, 9:07 AM Reply   
Home Depot has a braided 1" clear hose.
Old    Kraig Kaiser (kraig)      Join Date: Dec 2002       12-02-2009, 9:44 AM Reply   
The 1" braided at Home Depot is a great hose, but it is suseptable to kinking. I have some of it in my system and it can kink easier. Personally, I would stay with the standard ballast hose in the first link above. There's a reason why the manufacturers use it.
Old    Ryan (liquiddiet)      Join Date: Feb 2009       12-02-2009, 9:47 AM Reply   
yea i have used the Home Depot line on my existing system now, no a big fan it does kink. I like the stuff i posted the link to, but i need 1" ID and bakes only does 3/4"
Old    Adam W (mustang_2146)      Join Date: Nov 2004       12-02-2009, 9:53 AM Reply   
I bought my here. It doesn't kink. It wlll require a heat gun to soften up hose on some fittings.
Old    Tuneman (tuneman)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-02-2009, 10:17 AM Reply   
You can order it from my store here: ts_id=87
Old    Matt (mattscraft)      Join Date: May 2009       12-02-2009, 10:40 AM Reply   
I got mine from here. Home Depot or spa shop will have the same stuff in white. I wanted black to match the factory stuff. Def. need to heat this stuff with a hair dryer and vasoline to get it on the fly high fittings.
Old    Ryan (liquiddiet)      Join Date: Feb 2009       12-02-2009, 11:33 AM Reply   
actually found it, the lines bakes carries are trident rubber lines, going to go with this
Old    Tallredrider (talltigeguy)      Join Date: Sep 2003       12-02-2009, 11:42 AM Reply   
I found that exact stuff in 1 inch at my local Lowe's. Much less susceptible to kinking than the white spa hose. The turn radius of the spa hose is a bit lacking if you have to get it into a tight spot.
Old    septicwaters            12-02-2009, 4:39 PM Reply   
Check here
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-02-2009, 6:06 PM Reply   
I have the Shields Series 141 Multi-flex 1" for $75 p/ 50ft roll or $1.65 p/ft Plus shipping. Shipping weight is about .25lbs per/ft.

I dont like the Spa-flex as it's too stiff to get a good clamping on it. The hose with the nylon helix coils is real hard to work with. As the hose stretches to fit over a barbed fitting, the helix can break. A heat gun helps, but then the hose gets soft and it's like trying to push a rope to get it on the fitting.
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       12-02-2009, 6:31 PM Reply   
^^^Mike if you're talking about the Trident hose that's some of the easiest hose out there to work with. Bends well, doesn't kink, and is flexible as you want it to be. You will not break the coils inside the hose.
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-02-2009, 7:00 PM Reply   
Well, if the Trident hose has a nylon helix coil, then yes, that's what i'm talking about.
Does it bend well - yes, didnt say it didnt. I agree, it doesn't kink - again, didnt say it did kink. Flexible, yes, it's flexible as far as the install is concerned. But, I will stand behind my statement that the hose with a nylon coil is tough to work with, that's why the 50ft I bought is going back. Give me a minute and I'll re-size and post the pic I emailed to the manufacturer.
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-02-2009, 7:10 PM Reply   
Just to clarify, I didn't specifically name Trident, but spoke in general about hoses that use a nylon coil. This is what I experienced with one brand I tried and just wanted to share that. Since I DID have this happen, and have pics, it's kinda hard to say i'm wrong, dont ya think? Either way, Nubu is always right, everyone else is wrong $.02
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       12-02-2009, 8:24 PM Reply   
I'm talking about Trident hose toughguy, not your clear hose that's why I asked the question. Your statement was false about all hose of that design.
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-02-2009, 8:47 PM Reply   
"Your statement was false about all hose of that design"

So, help me understand......I post up pics showing what I described what could happen with the nylon coil hose, AND MY STATEMENTS ARE STILL FALSE?

Damn you're stuck on yourself Like I said, You're right, everyone else is wrong.
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       12-02-2009, 10:23 PM Reply   
Was that Trident hose clown?

You know Mike on second thought maybe you're right, YOU can't get it to work. The Trident hose is used on every single boat that comes out of the factory with ballast from Malibu. It must suck.

(Message edited by 05mobiuslsv on December 02, 2009)
Old    Mispella (jon43)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-03-2009, 5:50 AM Reply
Old    Mispella (jon43)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-03-2009, 5:52 AM Reply   
u can use pvc connectors and prime and glue everything worked awesome for me
Old    Mark (market_open)      Join Date: Apr 2007       12-04-2009, 7:45 AM Reply
Old    Mikeski (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       12-04-2009, 10:50 PM Reply   
I used 1" carlon plastic electrical flex on mine. It's cheap, strong, oil resistant, and won't kink. you may need a heat gun to get it over the fittings if it's cold outside. For my portable fatsac pumps I like to see water/air inside the hose so I use that clear spiral flex hose similar to what is pictured above. I get that stuff from tanks & more off ebay.
Old    Jason@WakeMAKERS (jasonwm)      Join Date: Mar 2009       12-05-2009, 10:59 PM Reply   
As others have mentioned, we've got the 1" version of the hose here, it's the same stuff that all of the manufacturers use from the factory.

This is NOT spa hose and it's much easier to work with because the sidewall does not have to be nearly as thick based on the temperatures it's rated for and the fact that it will not be exposed to chlorine and other chemicals.
Old    Joe B (sailing216)      Join Date: Oct 2007       12-06-2009, 5:50 AM Reply   
Non-metallic electrical conduit sold at Lowes/HD.

Won't kink, clamps fine and cheap. I won't touch any spa hose as kinks sucked.


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