Thread: Hose maintenance
04-16-2002, 08:54 AM #1
- Join Date
- Mar 2001
- NF / Canada
We are getting samples and looking into getting new supply line. a lot of what is comming in is polyester outer jacket. Do you use it, is it hard to wash, can you put it back wet? I do know it's lighter. What we have now is rubber covered.
What do you think?
04-16-2002, 12:37 PM #2
For any new lines go either plastic or synthetic. easier to clean and can be repacked several times with little to no cleaning.Member IACOJ & IACOJ EMS Bureau
New England FOOL
As always these are strictly my own opinions and views
04-19-2002, 05:38 PM #3
- Join Date
- Dec 2001
- Leesburg, Virginia, USA
What size hose?
Is the hose you're considering LDH?
I've used both vinyl and conventional rubber lined / polyester jacket LDH. They each have some advantages and disadvantages.
+ Easy to clean, can be racked wet and somewhat dirty
+ Durable, though pinhole leaks are common
- Very heavy!!! Takes two people to lift a section of 5" (100')
- Tends to be slippery and stiff when new, making falling off the truck more common that you'd like!!
+ A little more abrasion resistant than vinyl and a lot more resistant to cuts
- Difficult to clean (100' sections) We don't have a hose washer for our LDH (do they even make them for LDH?) so just trying to find space to lay out each section can be tough
- Most hose towers cannot accomodate 100' sections, so drying must be done on the bay floor
- Tends to pick up more dirt than the vinyl
My personal preference would be for vinyl, just because I think maintenance is a little simpler. Others may have different ideas, so talk to neighboring companies for their experiences.
I will tell you that we tried vinyl attack line and that was an absolute disaster!! Be cut both sections within 2 weeks of putting it on our test pumper. You have to be very careful where you drag an attack line made of this stuff!!!
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