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Old 09-23-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
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Should I be concerned?

Getting ready for our first camping trip. It's only over night, but I just wanted to go somewhere. I found a small leak at the hose between the water pump and distribution manifold. I tightened the clamps and the leak stopped. As you can see the hose is bulging quite a bit. It is supposed to have a working pressure of 200 PSI. and my pump is supposed to be 75 PSI. Although, I haven't checked it, it's no where near 200. Should I be concerned?



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Old 09-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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Re: Should I be concerned?

Was any hot water run through it? Hot water can do that to that style hose. PSI capability drops drastically as temp goes up. If it was me, I think I would quick replace it, Or at least have a spare chunk with and keep a close eye on it.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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Re: Should I be concerned?

Wow, I'm no plumbing expert, but that does not look right. Instinctively, I feel that hose is going to leak again, and the next time the leak may come as a major gusher!
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
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Re: Should I be concerned?

was it exposed to UV or oily residue?
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Re: Should I be concerned?

Looks like the water got hot and expanded, which was accommodated by the hose.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:37 PM   #6
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Re: Should I be concerned?

Replace it. That's $0.20 worth of hose. Why wait to ruin your trip.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #7
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I guess I was thinking along the lines of has anyone else had this problem, and what can I use so that it doesn't happen again. The pump manufacturer says to use a flexible connection between both the inlet and outlet and any hard line. The pump comes with hose barb fittings. I have no idea how hot it's been, how ever hot it's been in the basement I wouldn't think much over 150 in Indiana. This and any 1/2 inch hose I have been able to find at any " hardware, farm supply, big box home store" are rated for 200 psi at 70 degrees. Agreed, it's an easy fix, I just don't want to have to do it again.
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Gotcha. my pump came with threaded inputs and outputs and I just used the flexible, reinforced lines you would use to hook up a sink, etc... Haven't tested yet, though. If you have to go with barb fittings, I would just use coolant hose from a auto parts store and be done with it, or fuel injection hose. Obviously, you would need to flush some water through it before actual use, but it would for sure hold up!!
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I'd replace it!

I went the same route as Jake. Braided line just like you'd use on a sink, both on the intake and output side of the pump. It takes enough of the vibration out of the pump to not impact the rigid plumbing. We've been using it full time for about 9 months now and no issues.
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Re: Should I be concerned?

Strip that crap out of there and replace it all with pex. Don't stop at just that hose. Tear all that sub grade garbage out of there, and do it right.

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