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Old 05-10-2024, 07:45 AM   #41
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My childhood home had cast iron main waste line. When I was about 12 yrs old my dad taught me how to connect them using oakum and melting lead with a kerosene torch. I have that touch in my garage and every time I see it there's fond memories that come forward.
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Old 05-10-2024, 07:59 AM   #42
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I give up, what is "okum"?
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Old 05-10-2024, 09:48 AM   #43
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Oakum is fibers or strands from hemp rope or other fiberous material that's used as a packing. It was used on the joints of wooden ships with tar pitch to seal it. On cast iron pipe it was used to fill the gap at the pipe joints then lead was melted in to make it water/air tight.
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Old 05-10-2024, 10:53 AM   #44
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The tar that they used in that stuff is probably worse to handle than most of the other things we have talked about in this thread.
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Old 05-10-2024, 04:27 PM   #45
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Oakum is fibers or strands from hemp rope or other fiberous material that's used as a packing. It was used on the joints of wooden ships with tar pitch to seal it. On cast iron pipe it was used to fill the gap at the pipe joints then lead was melted in to make it water/air tight.
If traveling in the Northeast, a visit to the Boston Navy Yard and Old Ironsides, the "USS Constitution" will give a first hand view of the use of oakum and tar. Below decks on that old girl is very interesting, the ship is still maintained using traditional methods of the period; no 3M 5200, etc.
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Old 05-12-2024, 08:13 AM   #46
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Getting back to the need for a "potable" water hose - just forget the whole thing and drink beer! It's way better!
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Old 05-12-2024, 10:02 AM   #47
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Getting back to the need for a "potable" water hose - just forget the whole thing and drink beer! It's way better!
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Old 05-13-2024, 04:10 AM   #48
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I think you'll find the hose ends on a portable water hose are stainless steel or plated steel not brass. Locally I have been able to buy stainless steel replacement ends for a hose and that would be my first choice. I don't know if they're still available.

Here is an example site: https://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/Gard...gs_c_1231.html. Might be more expensive than replacing the hose though. However these prices are in Canadian dollars so I would bet that in the US you can get comfortable parts fairly reasonably.

"Comfortable" should have read "comparable".
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Old 05-15-2024, 04:48 AM   #49
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I think you'll find the hose ends on a portable water hose are stainless steel or plated steel not brass. Locally I have been able to buy stainless steel replacement ends for a hose and that would be my first choice. I don't know if they're still available.

Here is an example site: https://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/Gard...gs_c_1231.html. Might be more expensive than replacing the hose though. However these prices are in Canadian dollars so I would bet that in the US you can get comfortable parts fairly reasonably.

"Comfortable" should have read "comparable".
Those are decent prices also. Thanks for the link!
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Old 05-15-2024, 06:20 AM   #50
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Actually these are all great responses. Iíve found lots of brass fittings labeled as safe for food and water use. Most of them are ones that connect up to pex fittings. Iíve also found lots that say specifically not to use them for potable applications. The ones that go in hoses and say they are safe are sparse and expensive.

It is good to hear that most folks just go with state-side made brass and donít worry about it. Iím also happy to hear that the hose is what is safe for drinking and that the ends are not included in that. Weíve been trusting those for quite a while now.

I certainly burned my mouth a few times on hose water in the back yard growing up and licking the beater after mom made home-made cookies and cakes is one of my fondest memories. All of that being said, if my grandson got sick because of some sort of POS hose fitting I was too lazy to research, Iíd have problems looking in the mirror.

Thank you all for the responses.
I haven't had a repaired hose not start to leak a little time after the repair, and I always repair a hose at home until I get tired of the drips.

As Jasin1 stated in post #12, why risk it coming apart when it's always under pressure.

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I ran with scissors and played lawn darts... I get along with only one eye
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I ran with scissors and played lawn darts... I get along with only one eye
You're luck that the scissors and the darts hit the same eye!:lol
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Old 05-17-2024, 08:11 PM   #53
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All of this being said, I found some at Menards this evening if anyone is interested in them.
That what I have bought in past. If you have the pex water pipe crimper then the 3/4" line clamp works better than the worm gear style clamp to install the end on hose. Does not have that extra length of band protruding out
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That what I have bought in past. If you have the pex water pipe crimper then the 3/4" line came works better than the worm gear style to install the end on hose.
Thatís a good idea! Thank you.
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