When we put our boat on the hard
in South Africa
, before we left for Southern California
, I decommissioned our watermaker
as I wanted to go completely through it. Going back with me are six duffle bags of boat parts
, including new primary pumps, membranes and a factory-overhauled Clark pump for our watermaker
. I'm re-plumbing everything with new hoses and hose clamps.
I have found that I can get hoses to slip onto hose barbs very easily if I apply a very thin swipe of food-grade silicon grease to the inside of the hose but I know that reverse osmosis
membranes can be easily damaged if they come in contact with oil
or grease. Does anyone know if that also applies to silicon grease?
In the past, I have also coaxed hoses that are being difficult by heating
them in boiling water
or using a heat gun but neither of these methods work as well as the silicon grease and they also take more time.
What do our resident watermaker experts say about using silicon grease?
Fair winds and calm seas.