A common theme coming out of the winter months is a leaky garden hose. For sure, it can be a frustrating experience attaching the hose back up to the spigot and watching it shoot water all over your home’s foundation.
Fixing a garden hose only takes a handful of minutes and a couple of dollars. If you have a high quality hose, don’t toss it in the trash! During our most recent visits to a big box chain, a mid-tier hose runs $30-plus!
Follow these simple steps:
1. Ensure the rubber crush washer isn’t missing. Replacement washers run about $2.50 and come as multi-packs.
2. If the leak is coming from the fitting, a replacement brass fitting costs $6. Simply cut off the old fitting with a utility knife, hacksaw or side cutters and press the new fitting into the hose. Be sure to save any of the old working parts from the previous fitting until you are finished installing the new part. To get a good seal, you will only need a phillips screwdriver. For easy insertion of the fitting into the hose, warm up the hose in sun by leaving the hose on your driveway as possible.
3. Inspect your hose to see if there is a split or leak before the fitting. If so, you can cut the hose before the suspect sectioin and re-use the fitting.