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#127193 - Sat Dec 02 2006 10:00 AM Tips to soften a stiff hose?
oltoydoc@vintagegas.com Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 09 2002
Loc: Shady Cove, Oregon (outside Me...
Ok, I'm sure I've gotten your attention, there are many puns that quickly come to mind ! LOL...

But, I have an old cloth covered hose that is folded in half, and then fosselized. Has anyone figured out how to soften it up, so it is more pliable and NOT DISCOLOR THE CLOTH ?
Anyone run across this problem before?


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#127194 - Sat Dec 02 2006 03:14 PM Re: Tips to soften a stiff hose?
Bob Richards Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 22 2005
Loc: Longview, WA
Don, try warm water. As the hose becomes more pliable try hotter water. Make sure the water is not boiling, can split the hose. We do this with out hoses at the race shop, also used this method when I worked for a fire equiptment manufaturer who restored fire equiptment. Hopefully this method will meet your needs.
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#127195 - Sat Dec 02 2006 10:18 PM Re: Tips to soften a stiff hose?
Pegasus Offline

Registered: Sat Mar 22 2003
Loc: DFW metro area
Go to your local hardware store.......and ask for the opposite of VIAGRA!!!
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#127196 - Sat Dec 02 2006 10:51 PM Re: Tips to soften a stiff hose?
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Registered: Sat Nov 15 2003
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#127197 - Sun Dec 03 2006 01:30 AM Re: Tips to soften a stiff hose?
Jack Sim Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 2000
Loc: St. Louis, MO, USA
I was once told to just take that old stiff hose out to a pond, through it in, and leave it for there for 3-4 months and it would soften up. Don't know if this works, never tried it, but, what else do you have to do this winter.
Seriously, I was told this works.
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#127198 - Mon Dec 04 2006 05:51 PM Re: Tips to soften a stiff hose?
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Most cloth covered hoses have a metal flex [like flex conduit]core, covered with rubber & then covered with cotton woven cloth.
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