2THDIVR wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:48 pm
What is involved for removal? Any chance of hose damage?
- I removed and re-installed the stainless zip ties several times last weekend. The gripper end contains a tiny ball bearing. As the smooth stainless band tightens, the ball rolls to let it in. But it locks down instead of allowing movement backwards. It actually looks like it might grip BETTER than plastic zip ties. The steel band and ball seem far less likely to deform under stress.
- Removal... There's a little guard tab that retains the ball bearing when the tie is loose. You bend that up and out of the way first. Then you slip a thin blade between the ball bearing and the strap. This allows the strap to slip backwards a little at a time. And it backs out completely to remove the zip tie.
- Hose Damage - I ran the edge of the stainless zip tie against my finger and it didn't cut me. (Duh... I'm glad of that). I don't think it is any more likely to damage the hose than the original Tinnerman Clamps.