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Old 12-08-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Today's project - heated water hose

Well my pirit hose was a big failure. It wouldn't heat up so it froze solid. I was hopeful for this thing - it was expensive - but i hear they have a high failure rate.

So I took a water hose I already had, and duct taped a heating wire to it, wrapped in pipe insulation and the whole thing wrapped in duct tape to keep it together. I put this inside a cheapo sewer hose to protect it from the weather.
Not pretty, but it worked fine last year.

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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I work with heat trace and insulation

Most Home Depot or lowes carry a plug in heat tape , might be 3 Wyatt's or 5 Wyatt
On your water hose you can spiral wrap or run it length way according to directions

Buy plain aluminum tape and wrap the water hose over the heat tape , this will move the heat around the hose

Go to a insulation supply house and buy armcell rubber insulation the outside diameter to go over the hose and heat tape . This could be 1 3/8 or 1 1/2 ....
If you are just below freezing than 1/2" thick will work , colder than that I would buy the 3/4" thick

Armcell will stay semi flexible when cold

Keep it plugged in all the time
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