Originally Posted by pennylane911
Does Lowe's really helps you with these stuffs?
Yes they will help you with pretty much anything. It may take a couple of minutes to explain and draw pictures to show them but once they understand they will go out of their way to help you get what you need to finish your project.
To the OP I wouldn't melt/soften the hose to me that just seem like a good idea. You should be able to find these fittings in a range of sizes at lowes or home depot, its what i used to connect my PVC
plumbing to the hoses for my filters, hose clamps are a must though just to be safe