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Old 13-09-2016, 14:33   #1
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How to remove hoses

I need to replace my manual bilge pump, but I can't get the hoses to budge. The hoses are stiff and do not bend easily. I even unbolted the pump from the deck wall, but he hoses are so stiff that I can't pull it out. How do you go about taking hoses off of things? Is there a tool for this?

I thought about using a heat gun, but this is in a real tight spot and I'm afraid of damaging the deck - and I don't have a hear gun.
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Re: How to remove hoses

Very very hot water or a heat gun... or just cut them off!
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You already said heat gun, next would be soak in boiling hot water, but looks like that will be a challenge. The key is to heat it up, get it pliable.
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Sometimes you can rotate them free with a pair of channel locks and some brute force.
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Re: How to remove hoses

You need a... hose removal tool!

https://www.amazon.com/OTC-4521-Hose.../dp/B0050SFZBG

Old hoses will likely be ruined (at least the bottom few inches). You even have to be careful to not poke holes in new hoses. But the tool allows you to get leverage to pry the hose off and/or break the seal.
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Did the brute force way this weekend on the head hoses - I think I broke something in my elbow!

Got to be a better way when you can't get to it with hot water/heat.
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If you can replace the hose or spare a few inches, then you can cut it off with a knife.
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IF twisting and tweaking doesn't work, I've used a 1" putty knife to try to 'walk' it off the tailpipe. waterpump pliers have been effective. last resort is to cut it off if there is sufficient length of hose.
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Re: How to remove hoses

The problem with a hose removal tool is, you're likely to dimple the fitting. That'll prevent the new hose from sealing on it.

I just re-read your post...you're gonna replace the pump? We've been trying get the hoses off it without damaging it. If the hoses in and out of a bilge pump are that stiff, they should be replaced too. Pull the whole mess out and replace pump and hoses.
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You said you don't have a heat gun. A cheap hair dryer works quite well and has less chance of starting a fire.
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Take WD-40 and pry the hose end open just a little, enough to get that straw in and spray, work it, pry a little more and spray again. It will usually come loose that way, or just cut the thing off, probably should get new hose anyway.


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I've used a64pilot's method, and a small or medium screwdriver, not sharp, trying to slip the tip of the screwdriver under the edge of the hose and wiggle and twist it to loosen it bit by bit. Warming it is good, too.
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A hose pick can help.
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Re: How to remove hoses

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I need to replace my manual bilge pump, but I can't get the hoses to budge. The hoses are stiff and do not bend easily. I even unbolted the pump from the deck wall, but he hoses are so stiff that I can't pull it out. How do you go about taking hoses off of things? Is there a tool for this?

I thought about using a heat gun, but this is in a real tight spot and I'm afraid of damaging the deck - and I don't have a hear gun.
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Re: How to remove hoses

If the pump is garbage then cut off the nipples with a hack saw and pry the plastic out of the hose. Hoses can be real tough on the forearms for sure. Peg is right though, if the hose is real stiff you should replace. They can be hard to get off even if the hose isn't bad though.
Actually, if the pump is garbage you can use a pick or a thin screwdriver carefully.
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