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Quick-Change Clamp

Clamp made from Hanger and Wood Scrap (Photo) Switching the flexible hose on a portable dust collector from one tool to another is a nuisance. I'm always fiddling with a screwdriver, loosening and tightening the hose clamp that holds it in place.

To speed things up, I made my own hose clamp from a clothes hanger and a scrap of wood. (See photo at left.) This clamp fits around the hose and then snaps tight like the wire clip on an old-fashioned canning jar.

Clamp Diagram The two wire parts of the clamp are pretty simple. Just bend the wire into a double loop for the body of the clamp and make a clip to fit around it. Both parts fit into a wood handle that makes it easy to open and close the clamp. Note: This clamp is sized for a 4″-dia. hose. To adjust the fit, simply change the length of the clip.

Have a nice weekend,

Phil Huber
Online Editor, ShopNotes

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