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Old 19-04-2015, 13:58   #1
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Removing Hoses

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I am attempting to service my stopcocks, a number of which the levers will not move. Friend suggested removing hose and squirt BP Blaster, let sit for 24 hrs, then retry. Well, both clamps are loose, heated up the end of the hose, but a couple of them will not budge after about 15-20 min of heating, pulling, heating, pulling, you get the idea. Any other ideas on how to remove other than cutting or forcing flat-edge screw driver between hose and neck of stopcock? thanks Dave
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Re: Removing Hoses

Something small and round. A #1 phillips screwdriver bent 90deg works well. Snap ON, etc., make an awl type tool that is about the same thing. It does not seem to damage the hose.
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Re: Removing Hoses

I normally take a pair of pliers and turn the hose back and forth to break it loose. If that doesn't work I just take a razor knife and cut a vertical slit in the hose.
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Re: Removing Hoses

Your vessel is equipped with seacocks if you are referring to the valves attached to your through hulls. Stopcocks are a land based application of a valve.
Is your boat in the water? If not, do your seacocks have drains? You can open the drains, plug your through hulls, and spray PB Blaster in through the drain plugs and let it sit for a couple days. Do not force the seacocks or you're in for some very expensive replacements.
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Re: Removing Hoses

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I normally take a pair of pliers and turn the hose back and forth to break it loose. If that doesn't work I just take a razor knife and cut a vertical slit in the hose.
That one usually works for me. If not,I razor the hose to pieces.
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