Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hose repair

Okay garden gals and guys, here's our first lesson in repair. This may seem very simplistic to some but for those that may not know how to do it, now you will know! What is it you ask? Hose repair!

My sprayer nozzle was stuck on my hose. I could not remove it for anything in the world. Not even the WD-40 worked...and that works on everything! I was in Lowe's and was looking at new hoses. I am a very frugal gardener and I just didn't want to drop thirty bucks on a new hose. Then I noticed these male couplers with three photos above them showing how to repair a hose. I said to myself "self, you can do this."

So I spent just a little over one dollar on a male coupler (they have female couplers too, if that is the end that you need).

It was as easy as one, two, three! I don't consider myself a handy person, so if I can do it so can you.

Here's what you will need:

-coupler (male or female.....male if you need to screw something onto it...female if you need to screw it onto something).
-a sharp razor
-screwdriver
-old hose (obviously...ha ha ha)

Here we go:

The old hose (I got the bright idea to make this a blog after I cut it, so yes it's already cut...but pretend it's not).


Next, get your razor and cut just a little below the metal and remove:

Tip: there may be water in the hose...thankfully there was just a wee bit. But if you had the hose running, you may want to let it sit for a while.....or prepare to get really wet....if it's hot I say go for getting wet!

Next, get your coupler:



Then, use a phillips head screwdriver to take screws out of the clamp to release the actual coupler. Sorry, couldn't get a shot of this...you know my hands shake and I couldn't unscrew the screws and hold the camera steady. :o)

Next, screw the coupler down into the hose:





Tip: this part takes some doing...you have to really twist it down into the hose. You may want to wear gloves to get a better grip on the coupler and keep from hurting your hands.

Next, place the clamp over the new coupler and screw the screws back in on each side. Make sure it's nice and tight...but don't strip the screws.:



Next, get your shiny new nozzle and drool over it for a minute (okay...you don't have to do this part, but humor me):



Final step: twist new nozzle onto new coupler. Viola! You have a working hose again!


There you have it!

New coupler: $1.76
New nozzle: I don't know, it was a gift
Feeling I got when I fixed it myself: priceless

4 comments:

  1. Great tip, love it!

    Going further... What do folks do when hoses spring leaks all over? The pervasive duct tape remedy?

    And if a hose can't be fixed, can it be reused for other purposes?

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Hi, Lena:

    I love your name by the way! I guess you can use duct tape and they also have these rings that you can place over small leaks. If there are that many though, then I think it's time for a new hose. The reason I chose to fix mine was because the hose itself was still in great shape...I just needed to be able to remove the nozzle to attach a sprinkler to the hose to water my garden.

    I'm not sure about reusing an old hose for other purposes. I'm sure there are uses, I just can't think of any off the top of my head.

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  3. At one point I used an old soaker hose wrapped around the pipe hoops for a winter tunnel (on a raised bed) to make a sort of trellis for tomatoes. It was not very elegant (that's an understatement) and it worked just okay, but probably someone with more skill than me could use old hose in a similar way more cleverly.

    Great post, Diva!

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  4. Cool! I never knew how to repair my old hose garden. Thanks for sharing this post. I learned a lot. I will also try to fix my garden hose.

    -seff-

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