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Tube Connecting
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:53:48 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, rmellett2. This was originally posted on March 30, 2013.

I am having a terrible time connecting my tubes. This is my second year, and I have tried hot water as well as vaseline with not much luck. I know my wrists are weak but when I watched the video the lady made it look so easy, not so for me!!! Any more ideas from anyone???

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Re: Tube Connecting
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 11:55:02 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on March 31, 2013.

Avoid anything greasy... you will slip and slide all over the tube trying to get it connected. The most success has come from using very hot (as in boiling) water to soften the tubing enough to slip it onto the connectors. Perhaps your water wasn't hot enough or you waited too long to try inserting the fitting.

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Re: Tube Connecting
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 11:56:03 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, linear249. This was originally posted on March 31, 2013.

We use a hair dryer.  It works great.

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Re: Tube Connecting
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 11:57:34 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, baileyj. This user is located in Zone 7A---Annapolis, Maryland. This was originally posted on March 31, 2013.

rmellett2,
My first year using the AWS was last year...I had problems connecting like you describe.  I followed Mickie's advice and made the water much hotter than I had.  Once the water was really hot, near boiling, it was a totally different story and very easy to work with.  Also, I could only do 1, 2 at most, box at a time before reheating the water.  I have not tried a hairdryer but will if I have issues this year.
Good luck...
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Re: Tube Connecting
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 11:59:04 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, morganmac. This user is located in NW Georgia, Zone 7b. This was originally posted on April 2, 2013.

You've probably got it all connected by this point, but I second the hair dryer suggestion! Doesn't take long and it doesn't make the tubes slippery.