In my quest to resolve my problem with corrosion and propane hose o-rings, I came across a solution that has so far proven very welcome 🙂

Heading excitedly to Overijse’s local DIY store, Gamma, I rummaged through their many boxes for an alternative gas hose fastener and came across these lovely worm gear rings. Having read about these some years ago, with varying opinions on their usefulness, I decided to give them a shot!

Worm gear rings for the LPG hose

Worm gear rings for the LPG hose

My unfathomable giddiness in DIY stores often leads me to purchase a few little extras like electrical tape or two-part epoxy adhesives! You just never know when you need these things!!  On this occasion, I retained my focus and raced through checkout like Road Runner. Beep beep!!

So here we go. The photo shows the wonderful worm gear rings in action 🙂

Worm gear rings tightened on the LPG hose and 'quick release' connector

Worm gear rings tightened on the LPG hose and ‘quick release’ connector

And as I’ve described in several articles on my website, the testing of ALL connections (from the propane gas supply to the torch) must be tested EACH time before the torch is lit. When replacing connectors, this is a ritual one applies as part of the testing procedure.  The ‘Leak Detection Fluid’ shown here is one of my best friends! This liquid cannot be recommended enough.

Brush on the Leak Detection liquid around the seal and if little bubbles start to appear then there is a leak!

Brush on the Leak Detection liquid around the seal and if little bubbles start to appear then there is a leak!

I also have a very fancy professional handheld gas detector used to detect any leaks already suspected in an environment. This tool can confirm there is gas leak in the  environment and transmit a signal so you find the source of the gas leak. Fortunately, I’ve not needed to use this at all, but as I said above you never know when you need these things!! 😉

I also install a small portable gas detector in the atelier, which is ‘sniffing’ for gas all the time (rather like the smoke alarms you install at home). Another piece of kit for peace of mind 🙂

Originally published: Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 16:07 in Atelier, Inspiration

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