Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate

Posted by Thomas Murphy on 5/11/2014

Have you every hooked up the garden hose only to find more water is coming from the spigot than the end of the hose? Don't throw away your hose fixing a leaky hose is easier than you think. Here is how to make a simple, inexpensive repair to get your hose back in working order: What you need: Coupling Mender Knife Tape Washer If the leak is from the spigot: If your hose is leaking from the spigot it is usually the washer that has dried out or deteriorated with age.  Simply remove the old washer, and pop in a new washer. If the hose is still leaking, try replacing the coupling. If your hose has a small leak: Clean and dry the area of the leak in the hose. Use common electrical tape or specially designed hose repair tape to mend the leak. Overlap the tape while wrapping it around the hose. If your hose has a large leak: A large leak is a little more difficult to repair. Cut out the damaged section of the hose and replace it with a mender. Use a sharp blade and straight cuts on the hose. Take the removed portion of the hose with you when purchasing the replacement because parts differ by manufacturer. Follow these steps: Clean and dry the hose. Rub soap on the area you're repairing. This will make it more pliable and easier to work with. Carefully cut out the damaged portion of the hose with a sharp knife and leave the ends as square as possible. Loosen the screws on both sides of the replacement coupler. Fully insert the cut end of each section of hose into one side of the clamp mender. Evenly tighten the screws until the clamp is tight. Attach the hose to a sprinkler or nozzle, and turn on the water to test the connection. If water leaks out, tighten the connection until water no longer leaks.