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Old 10-16-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
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HD flexible hose OK?

The plumbing departments at Lowes & Home Depot each sell nylon reinforced, flexible PVC hose by the foot. Is this stuff okay to use to hook up my water pump with?

I know radiator hose (like my original setup), and regular garden hose is not okay as I have read it will add "flavor" to the water.

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Old 10-16-2004, 10:57 AM   #2
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Check to see if it is food grade. We use the food grade at work for air hose some times and it holds up to 120 psig. I'm not sure how it will handle freezing though.
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it sounds o.k., however, if you are going to use it on the suction side of the pump make sure it is rigid enough to keep it from collapsing under vaccum.

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Check to see if it is food grade...
I guess that's what I was wondering if anyone else knew. Its not like the guys in HD's plumbing department know, and there are no "recommended use" guides posted next to the big spools of the stuff .

Anyone know about this stuff?

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Tom, it is usually labeled right on the hose itself.

You can also check on the McMaster Carr web sight regarding the application
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Thanks Tedd, but the hose I'm looking at has no markings. The tag just identifies it as PVC.

I don't mind going to an RV dealership, but if this is the same stuff they are selling, the home improvement stores are significantly closer to my house.

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Thanks Tedd, but the hose I'm looking at has no markings. The tag just identifies it as PVC.

I don't mind going to an RV dealership, but if this is the same stuff they are selling, the home improvement stores are significantly closer to my house.

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I have used the nylon reinforced clear lines that are food grade in several of our water lines. The copper line in the rear had frozen and split when we bought the '71 Safari. The area was too tight to resolder without melting the black water tank so I used the above mentioned lines there with a double radiator clamp on each end. Has worked fine for two years.
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You should not have any problems finding nylon reinforced tubing at Home Depot that has NSF-51 (food and beverage) or NSF-61 (potable water) approval. It is usually printed on the hose or on the spool. I wouldn't use anything less, or if it has no markings.
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Thats the kind of info that should be on a page somewhere with the drill stuff and the aluminum stuff. Thanks. I needed that.
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