You Can Repair Your Garden Hose

You Can Repair Your Garden Hose

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Mention to someone that you’re repairing  a garden hose and you’ll probably get a “why bother?” reply. After all, when it comes to stuff you own around the home, a hose isn’t expensive even when you choose one of those heavy duty, kink free kinds.

garden hoseBut, I’ve been reminded by our town’s waste management department that most everything that goes into the trash ends up sitting on the bottom of a landfill and for many years to come. If I can help do my part to help keep junk out of the scrapyard, then why not?

Fixing Your Hose

Right now I’m working at replacing the end to the hose which connects to my hose container. The main hose is fine…it is kink free and winds safely away when not in use, but the six foot extension section is the problem.

My hose will be easy to correct as all I’ll have to do is remove the top few inches with a utility knife, pull off the brass coupling from the separated hose, reattach and secure it with a clamp.  But, for the majority of repairs most people need to make, they’ll have to fix a problem located in the middle of the hose.

Quick & Easy Repair

With a utility knife, simply cut and remove the bad piece of hose, leaving behind plenty of good hose.  Then, attach a hose clamp to the good part of the hose while sticking a male replacement end into that hose. Once in place, you can secure the hose with the clamp; use two clamps if your repair is in the middle of the hose, not toward the end.

Personally, I never use duct tape to patch holes as that will usually last only long enough for one car washing while the hose will continue to leak like a sieve. If your watering hose is beyond repair then replace it with a heavy duty hose that comes with a lifetime guarantee. This means that if it ever breaks, then you can take it back to the store to be replaced, no questions asked.

Adv. — It is the season of outdoor living! Shop wisely this Spring and save money on all of your patio, grilling and pool needs. For your garden, shop Breck’s and Gurney’s, two trusted names with huge online catalogs for your review.

Photo Credit: Les Powell

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