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How to Repair a Garden Hose

Garden hoses are not very expensive and they are a great thing to have around for watering or for playing in the water. We’ve all been there where we have found ourselves in a bind because something is wrong with our hose. There are two options, buy a new one or repair the one we already have if it is possible. Luckily, this can be done quite easily and is inexpensive.

To repair a small leak quickly, you can use electrical or hose tape to get the job done. If you want to do it right or have bigger issues than a small leak, these steps will help you in your garden hose repair.

Gather supplies

The most common supplies you will need are a utility knife or something to cut the hose with, a replacement end either male or female, a hose clamp or more than one if needed, replacement couplers if the damage is in the middle of the hose, a screwdriver, and your broken garden hose. You can also find garden hose repair kits that will have everything you need to fix the hose. You will need to make sure that everything is the right size for your hose and if you are not sure, take the hose or a piece of the hose with you to get your supplies. The most common garden hose sizes are 5/8” or ½”, but can come in any size.

Mark edges of leaks

If you have leaks at the end of your hose, just mark where you want to cut. If you have leaks in the middle or throughout your hose, mark the edge of each side of the leak. Be sure to do this on a dry hose using a permanent marker. If you have many leaks in the hose, it may be time just to replace it.

Cut the hose

Make sure where you make your cut in the hose is still in working condition and not damaged as well. For a hose with damaged ends, make the cut a few inches away from the damaged spot. For damage in the middle of the hose, cut where you marked the hose. With the utility knife, or whatever you are using, make the cut by placing the hose on the ground and pressing firmly, this will ensure that no fingers or any other parts get in the way. Be sure that the cut is straight, smooth, and square.

Insert replacement end and attach clamps

If your hose is damaged at the end, you will now insert your replacement part inside the house. It will need to be the opposite of the other end of your hose. There are male and female parts that can either be brass or plastic. The female parts are the ones that screw onto the outside of another attachment and the male parts are the ones that screw into another part. After you have inserted the replacement piece, you will need to put on the hose clamp. You do this by loosening the screws and placing the clamp over the hose where the end piece is inserted and then tighten the screws so that the end piece does not fall out.

If your hose is damaged in the middle, it will be a similar process, but instead of having a male or female end piece, you will have a piece that is inserted into both ends of the same hose and hose clamps or couplers that will go on each end of the cut hose. After tightening the screws on all hose clamps/couplers, turn the water on and check for leaks. You should be good to go!

Garden Hose Maintenance

Now that you have repaired your trusty garden hose, you should take care of it properly so that you can lengthen the life of your hose. A hose that is taken care of can last for many years. The first and possibly most important thing you can do to care for your hose is to put it away correctly after every use. Not only will this help keep it from getting kinked, but it will help protect it from damage such as lawn mowers or animals and it will prevent dangers such as tripping. There are numerous tools that help with hose storage such as a hose reel or hose hanger. Another good thing to do is to make sure that you drain all of the water out of the hose after shutting off the water to help prevent damage from the inside. You will also want to keep your hose out of the sun. The sun can cause the water inside the hose to expand, UV damage to the outside of the hose and can also cause the hose to dry and crack. Remove hose attachments and drain everything including the hose and keep put away during the winter season so that the cold harsh weather does not cause damage to your hose as well. Freezing and thawing of the hose can cause the fabric to weaken no matter if there is water in it or not. And finally, replace washers at the slightest sign of any leaks. This is usually the easiest fix to a leaky hose and is good practice to do every spring. Washers can get dry and cracked causing leaks and wasting water. 

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