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Hose over barb fitting lube

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:54 am
by 97k15004wd
Do you guys use a lube when putting a hose over a barb fitting? I've been working with three types:


And they are very hard to slide over some of the barb fittings. I'm concerned that if I lube the hoses they might not grip as well (which explains why it's so hard to get them on in the first place as the friction is higher), but is that really a concern?

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:34 am
by z71gmc06
I just use a little dish soap. It goes away when it dries out.

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:26 pm
by 97k15004wd
Thanks! That's what I've used in the past, but got antsy about using it on transmission lines and such.

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:28 pm
by Rob_B
I used many barbed fittings in the past and always used low grade rubbing alcohol (70%) stuff to slide them on. Got to work quickly but its like grease...others I know have used bleach but I just didn't want it all over me.

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:44 am
by 97k15004wd
That's a great idea! Never thought of that. I'll try that on my transmission lines. Thanks!

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:18 am
by playtoy_18
I always have a tube of thick silicone dielectric/brake grease so I just put a little dab on.
Helps keep it from crusting up and sticking when pulling off later also.