How to Use Flexible Hose

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How to Use Flexible Hose
Tighten the gas/water supply hose in place using a crescent wrench. (old worked off adjustable wrench 4 image by Kostyantyn Ivanyshen from Fotolia.com)

The installation of both gas and water supply lines involves the use of flexible hoses. A flexible gas hose is usually made of metal, corrugated and has a plastic coating. It connects to the gas shut-off valve on the end of the gas supply pipeline and runs to the inlet on the gas appliance. Flexible water hoses are made of plastic (sometimes with a braided metal covering) and run from the shut-off valve to the water fixture. Finally, garden hoses are also made of plastic, are flexible and are used to water flowers, shrubs and plants.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Yellow sealing tape
  • Crescent wrench
  • White sealing tape
  • Hose nozzle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate the gas shut-off valve on the end of the gas supply pipeline. This valve will be in close proximity to the gas appliance (stove, wall heater). Wrap yellow sealing tape twice clockwise around the small thread on the end of the shut-off valve. Screw the nut on one end of the flexible gas hose to the valve's thread. When hand tight, place a crescent wrench around the nut to tighten it firmly in place. Wrap sealing tape twice clockwise around the male inlet on the gas appliance (if it is a female inlet, wrap tape around both ends of a nipple, then screw one end of the nipple into the female inlet and tighten it with the wrench). Screw the nut on the remaining end of the hose to the inlet/nipple and tighten it with the wrench.

  2. 2

    Locate the shut-off valve on the end of the water supply pipe. This pipe usually comes out of the wall or floor near the water fixture (sink, toilet). Wrap white sealing tape twice clockwise around the small nut on the shut-off valve. Screw on the nut on one end of the flexible water supply pipe and tighten it in place with the crescent wrench. Wrap white sealing tape twice clockwise around the inlet on the water fixture. Screw on the plastic nut on the remaining end of the hose by hand. If this nut is made of metal, tighten it in place with the wrench.

  3. 3

    Screw on the nut at the end of the garden water hose to an outside faucet (make sure the nut is only hand tight). Screw a nozzle onto the other end of the hose. Uncoil and pull the hose to the location that needs watering. Turn on the nozzle (usually done by squeezing its trigger) and point it in the direction that needs water.

Tips and warnings

  • Both gas and water supply hoses are available in different lengths, and have different size nuts at both ends to fit various fixtures.
  • You can move garden water hoses easily from one location to another by simply unthreading the hose from the faucet and rethreading it to another faucet in a new location.

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