Stainless Steel Clamps
Forming and installing stainless steel clamps can be quite tricky, but if you follow these steps, it can be a much easier job. The first thing you need to do is measure and cut enough of the stainless steel strap that is required for the clamp. This can be done using the built-in cutter that comes with the clamping tool. Single wrapped stainless steel clamps usually measure three and a half times and double wrapped one needs to be seven times the diameter of the objects that will be combined and clamped. Add an extra five to seven inches if you want to allow the stainless steel clamps to be locked and and for operating the clamping tool.
The next step is to take one end of the stainless steel band and insert it through the buckle-bridge until around two inches of it comes out of the buckle-ears. Then fold the two inch extension under the buckle. You can prevent any pulling out during tensioning by making sure that the fold stays sharp and the end that is folded down goes in the same direction as what remains of the stainless steel band.
Next, wrap the remainder of the stainless steel strap around the object that is to be clamped. Thread the end of the strap through the buckle-bridge. If you want to double-wrap it, repeat it once more and thread the end once more through the buckle-bridge. You can now tension the clamp and lock it.
Then depress the gripping lever of the clamping tool and send the band through the slot at the side of the clamping tool nose and the gripping block. Make sure that the cutter lever is right next to the clamping tool as you perform this step.
To tension the stainless steel strap, turn the handle of the clamping tool. When the band cannot slide through the buckle-bridge any longer, maximum tension has been applied to the stainless steel clamps. Then it is time to roll the tool over the buckle and in order to remove any excess banding, pull on the cutting lever.
Now remove the clamping tool as you push down on the stainless steel band that lies between the buckle-ears. Hammer the ears down and over the stub of the stainless steel band to keep and lock the clamp in place. This is the final step needed to complete the application of stainless steel clamps.
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