A garden hose is an important and vital addition to all gardens. Besides supplying irrigation water, garden hoses can be used in a wide array of gardening activities.
Garden hoses can’t work in separation but require several garden hose fittings to function properly. Garden hose fittings are essential accessories that can either come with your hosepipe or need to be purchased separately.
Well, among the most important garden hose fittings are the hose connectors. The size of your garden hose directly determines the size of the hose connector for your garden. The larger the garden hose, the more volume of water it delivers, but at reduced pressure. Generally, garden hoses size range between 3/8 inches to ¾ inches in diameter.
Garden hose connectors come in handy in attaching the garden hose to the water source, which could either be the spigot, tap or faucet. They also come in handy in attaching a wand or spray nozzle accessories to the hose. To find the right size of hose connector, measure the distance between the inner walls using a tape measure. Take caution not to measure the distance between the outer wall as it will be too large.
That said, garden hose connectors is a general term used to describe the various garden hose fittings. For starters, if your hose is leaking, you shouldn’t be in a hurry to throw it off the dustbin. Make use of the various less costly tricks to repair your hose before discarding it.
Once you spot the leak in your hose, find out the exact place your garden hose is leaking from. Most leaks can be fixed, and in this guide, we will outline how to fix a leaking garden hose connector. Try the guide below before opting to buy another one.
You will need the following basic tools
Considering that you know the various parts of a garden hose connector, begin the repair process by changing the gasket. Seal the gasket with an O-ring to provide a better leak-proof connection. If this fails, you might need to find a leak-proof hose fitting.
The leak-proof fitting can be the Female brass hose connector that comes with water stop technology. If the connector is fitted correctly, there is no course to worry. If that was your initial fitting, consider checking on its condition before changing it.
For both male and female connectors, you should check on the rubber grommet and leak washer. If they are worn out, consider changing them. The female connector can leak on the brass collar or just behind where the part turns female when tightening the male faucet or male hose connection. This calls for you to tighten the female connection all the way to the washer inside the housing.
In some cases, you could have tightened, but the thread inside the male connection is already damaged. In such situations, continue tightening with channel locks to tie in the male connector to stop the leak. You can as well replace the male or female connection, depending on the connection with worn out threads.
The connection between the garden hose and the faucet also comprises of various connectors. Well, if you are experiencing a leak from the faucet, it could be due to two reasons. Water could be dripping continuously from the tap or seeping pout behind the tap handle even when the tap is off.
In any of the two scenarios, follow the following steps to repair.
Garden hose nozzles are another form of connection that often leaks. If your garden hose nozzle is leaking, follow the steps below to repair. You will need a hose washer and a flathead screwdriver in this process.
As mentioned before, there are many types of garden hose connectors or fittings that every gardener ought to understand. Well, there are different fittings designed for chemical laboratories, car radiators, and much more. However, we will focus on specific garden hose fittings. They could be made from different materials, each with different pros and cons.
Different fittings serve varying purposes. However, the main idea is to help gardeners save water and widen the length of use of your garden hose. Understanding the various kinds of hose fittings is of importance to all gardeners, especially when it comes to repairing leaks. For instance, if your hose breaks at some point, you will save money by purchasing some fittings to repair instead of buying the entire hose.
Brass garden hose fittings are popular due to their long-lasting nature. They are made of solid brass thus comparably heavier and expensive. Solid brass fittings are available as either male or female adapters. They don’t work well with expandable hoses but work exceptionally with large rubber hoses.
The male adapter has a thread on the outside part while the female adapters have threading on the inside. When repairing or extending your garden hoses, you should check on the various male and female adapters. Despite being pricey, brass fittings are considered safe to run water. Note that you should always pay attention to the hose fitting material since some materials contain toxic materials that might be harmful.
Plastic hose fittings work in the same way as brass fittings. However, they are less expensive and doesn’t last long compared to solid brass. Plastic fittings are heavy duty and can withstand high water pressures making them perfect for home use. They can be a perfect replacement to solid brass fittings and serve the same purpose.
One drawback, however, is that they can leach toxins into your water, especially if the specific plastic make is unknown.
Nylon and polymer fittings are relatively expensive compared to plastic but cheaper than brass. They are additionally durable compared to plastic but less durable compared to brass fittings.
Most people consider polymers a healthier choice compared to plastic that is laden with toxins. Polymer hose fittings can be custom made to fit perfectly. They are also less expensive, lightweight, and relatively solid.
Every gardener should know how to attach the various hose fittings. This skill comes in handy when handling fixing and repair projects in the garden. The first question every gardener should answer, even when fitting connectors is, how tight should hose fittings be attached?
As a basic rule, attach your garden hose fittings and connectors to a point where water doesn’t drip from the hose. You will be sure that everything is perfect if you can do this without affecting the water pressure in any way. For screw clamps, using a flat head screwdriver is a good idea. Put the clamp on the hose and tighten it until you feel it’s tight enough.
Note that there are various types of hose clamps. Screw clamps are perhaps the most popular type due to their effectiveness. They are stainless steel brands with a threaded screw. Spring clamps are the second option and work differently compared to screw clamps. as the name suggests, they have springs that help in tightening garden hoses.
Lastly, are the wire clamps. They are quite different as they feature thick wires rather than the steel clips. Compared to other clamps, they are more effective and make your garden hose waterproof.
Installing and maintaining a garden hose is quite a daunting task. The installation process on its own requires a lot of gardening experience. When it comes to repairs, you should have a clear understanding of the various repair kits that can aid the process. Well, our guide above highlights some of the basic steps of repairing a leaking garden hose connector as well as the necessary fittings that can come in handy.