You need your garden hose for watering your yard and maintaining landscaping and a proper garden too. A garden hose should last for several years but oftentimes damage occurs that prevents it from working unless you buy a new one or repair your current one. A new hose can cost $50 or more and you don’t want to spend that much money if you don’t have to so you should try to repair the garden hose instead.
TOOLS YOU NEED:
- Utility Knife
- Clamp Pliers
- 6 inch of hose
All of the items you need to repair a garden hose can be found at your local hardware store and the clamps and couplers should only cost $5 or less. You will probably already have the pliers and utility knife at home but if not they shouldn’t cost more than $10 and you will still save money compared to buying a new hose.
First use the utility knife to cut about one inch below the cut and one inch above the cut on the garden hose. You want a clean, even cut to work with. Be careful during this process as the knife needs to be sharp in order to cut through the hose.
Now push one of the couplers into the top portion of the hose and another one of the couplers into the extra piece of 6-inch hose. Then push another coupler into the other end of the 6-inch hose piece and another coupler into the bottom end of the hose.
Then slide a clamp over the cut on the top end of the 6-in. hose and a clamp on the bottom end of the new piece of hosing. Then use your pliers tool to press down on each clamp to tighten them around the cuts and seal the cuts so that water will no longer leak from the cuts.
The entire repair shouldn’t require more than 10-15 minutes after you return from the hardware store. You can do this same repair two or three times on the same garden hose before you will want to consider purchasing a new one but if you are careful you should be able to use the same garden hose for 5-10 years or even longer.