Today I had some good luck. The days are now warmer into the high 80's since I began tackling the drip tubing on this project. Today I had occasion to gather up some drip tubing lines that were cut laying on a hot concrete surface for several hours in the sun our warmer weather (today was 80* with humidity in So. Cal). They were actually very warm and pliable and these connected to the the barb connectors quite easily. IT WAS LIKE MAGIC! I had to pinch myself. Clearly the tubing needs to become more pliable and heating the tubing material is definitely a winner. Exposed to the sun and even laying on a hot surface conducted more heat surely helped the situation.
So tomorrow I shall plan to finish up my project as it will be another warm day here in the Southland. The trick really is to apply consistent heat for a length of time. I was able to slide the tubing on with a liitle effort and no gloves were really needed but I still used them to make it less difficult. I hope this info will be useful to others who may find difficulty.
Thank you everyone for the suggestions and assistance. Gardening is my new hobby and I encourage anyone who has an interest in plants to stick with it. There's always something new to learn and gardening has brought happiness, comfort, good health, and a lot less stress.
Happy days to us all!
Last edited by luckywinks; 05-31-2013 at 09:55 PM.
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