Getting CO2 tubing onto hose-tails

Discussion in 'Carbon Dioxide (CO2)' started by zed, 6 Nov 2008.

  1. zed

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    I have a pair of 6mm hose tails. Is there any way to get my 4mm inner diameter (6mm outer diameter) CO2 hose onto these tails?

    I can order some 4mm hose tails but have the 6mm ones in my box-of-bits already.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    Depends on the tubing, but you might struggle. The best way is to heat the ends of the tubing. I tend to use a mug of boiling water, or sometimes use a lighter to heat the ends up for a second or two. Just be careful :)
     
  3. zed

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    Already tried the mug method ;)

    Unfortunatley, it didn't work. I'll give the flame method a try!

    Thanks
     
  4. Steve Smith

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    Yeah, CO2 tubing can be a real bugger to get onto larger hose tails. Good luck :bored:

    AquaEssentials carry a line of plastic hosetails and connectors which are pretty good. I have a Y adapter and a connection joint. I must admit, I still had to heat the ends of my particular hose up but I managed to get it on...

    I think that CO2 tubing, by its pressure resistant nature, is just a pig to do anything with :lol:
     
  5. GreenNeedle

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    my J pipe is 6mm and my hose 4mm. I boil the kettle and then dip the hose in it then struggle for 10 minutes on each end of the J pipe and then never ever remove the hose ever ever ever.

    Mug of boiling water cools down too quickly if you need several attempts.

    AC
     
  6. zed

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    Just been struggling with a hairdryer on full blast. My finger tips are now glowing like this: :oops:

    :lol:

    Managed to get the the tip of the tube on, but couldn't push it any further.

    I'll get my builders gloves out and give it a go with the kettle tomorrow.

    The barbed fitting is to be attached to my DIY CO2 reactor, so if the kettle method fails, I have some of these that I can use instead:

    http://www.bearingboys.co.uk/product_im ... 63-cat.jpg
     

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