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
-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