Over time, garden hoses wear out, leaving you with irritating leaks, wasted water and drenched shoes. However, replacing an entire damaged hose with a new, top-quality device doesn't come cheap. More often than not, hoses experience problems with a worn-out or faulty end fitting. Rather than replacing the entire hose, you can replace the defective end fitting with a new one. Available in a range of sizes and design, fittings provide an economical fix. Make sure that you choose the appropriate design and size of hose fitting that you need.
What you will need for the replacement task
- Replacement hose fitting
- Utility knife
Take the measurements of the internal diameter of your garden hose. It's important to buy the right size fitting, given that hoses are available in a wide selection of sizes. If you are unsure about the measurements, simply carry a piece of the hose along with you when visiting the home improvement store to buy a new fitting.
Determine the kind of fitting needed. Even though the majority of fittings are in sync with both vinyl and rubber hoses, some aren't compatible and call for a precise type of fitting. When changing just one end of the garden hose, you will need to decide on whether you require either the female end, which attaches to the tap, or the male end, which fastens to the sprinkler. Furthermore, the majority of hose fittings are made of brass or plastic. Although brass is a lot more durable than plastic, it is more expensive.
Take out the old, faulty fitting by cutting the garden hose a few inches from the fitting. Simply lay the hose on a flat ground. Using a sharp utility knife, make a straight, consistent cut with no shabby edges.
Position the clamp slackly above the garden hose, and then shove as far as possible the threaded new fitting into the hose. In case you experience a bit of difficulty, allow the hose to soak up the sun's warmth so that it is more flexible.
Make sure the clamp is tightened firmly by using a screwdriver. Fasten the hose to the tap or spigot and turn on the water supply. A properly fitted hose fitting should not show any signs of leaks when the faucet is open. To avoid any leaks, make sure the screws are tightened and not loose.