How To Fix A Hose - The Cheap Way!
Don't Buy Another Hose!
Last year, if I would have found a leak in my garden hose, I would have probably thrown the entire hose away or deemed it unfit to use ever again. It wasn't until I moved in with my grandparents that I learned there were ways to fix a hose for less than $2!
The worst is when you are strapped for cash and your hose, your only garden hose springs a leak that makes you want to use it as a sprinkler instead. Instead of throwing it away, you can go to your nearest store that carries garden supplies and pick up a Hose Mender/Repair kit and save yourself from dropping big bucks for a new hose.
There are different kinds of hose menders, but for this project we will get the one to join to halves of a hose.
1 - Hose Mender
2 - Broken/leaking garden hose
3 - scissors/knife (to cut away leak or cut in hose)
4 - screwdriver
ENTIRE COST: $2+
Hose Mender/Repair kit (estimated at $2 or less) multiplied by however many leaks you have in your hose. [example: $2/part x 3 leaks in hose = approx. $6 + tax]
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Make sure you know what size hose mender you need. Most generic hoses are 3/4" or 1/2". If you're not sure, cut the bad part of your hose off and take it to the store with you. Someone there should be able to help you find the right size.
Hose Repair pics
Step 1 - Determine where the leak is.
It's a pretty basic step. Determine where the leak or hole is in your hose. Fastest way is kink the end until the water pressure builds up and escapes through the hole in your garden hose. If hose is long, stretch hose out until its straight and after kinking and causing water works, release hose and go look for the wet spot on the hose where the water sprayed from.
Step 2 - Cut Away Bad Area.
In my hose, there was a slit about 8 inches in length. I cut the hose with scissors on either side of this long slit. Put bad hose section on the side and keep good pieces of hose together. You will join these two pieces together.
Step 3 - Loosen Hose Mender and connect hose pieces!
(The pictured mender is for a hole or leak/cut anywhere between the male and female connector ends of the hose. The 'A' pieces are green; black piece is 'B'.) Put piece 'A' over one of the newly cut ends of the good hose. You might have to loosen the screws a bit so it is wide enough. Insert piece 'B' into the hose that piece 'A' sits on. Make sure the cut end of the hose touches the center lip of piece 'B'. Push piece 'A' to the lip as well and tighten screws, alternating screws every couple of turns of screwdriver.
Slip 2nd piece 'A' over the other cut hose and put hose over piece 'B'. Make sure hose and piece 'A' touches center lip of piece 'B' and tighten screws.
There you have it folks. In three easy steps, you fixed your own hose. I bought my Hose Mender part for under $2 at my local home/gardening store. Hopefully you understand my instructions. If any of these instructions are too confusing, please let me know and I will do my best to re-write it in a way that is easy to understand.
IN CASE you need to repair a male or female end on your hose (the metal parts at the end that can connect to other things), there are kits for those as well. Very cheap, very worth it!
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