How to Mend a Garden Hose

Overview

A leaky garden hose is a water-wasting annoyance. Thankfully, a hole in your garden hose can be repaired, saving you the cost of a new hose. One of the best ways to avoid damaging your garden hose is to always store it away, in a safe place or on a hose reel, when not in use. Avoid excessive exposure of your garden hose to the sun, which can weaken the hose and make it more susceptible to damage.

Step 1

Measure the diameter of the inside of the garden hose. Use this measurement to purchase the correct size of garden hose splice to make the repair.

Step 2

Soak the damaged area of the garden hose in a bucket of hot water for several minutes. This will make the hose more pliable and easier to manipulate.

Step 3

Cut out the damaged section of the garden hose with sharp garden shears. It is recommended to cut a section several inches wider than the damaged area, on both sides, to ensure any weakened hose is removed.

Step 4

Loosen the screws on the splice clamps with a screwdriver. Slide one clamp onto each cut piece of garden hose.

Step 5

Lubricate the inside of each end of garden hose, as well as each end of the splice. Dish soap or liquid hand soap works well.

Step 6

Insert each end of the splice into an end of the cut garden hose. Push the splice until each end of the garden hose butts up against the middle divider of the splice.

Step 7

Place the clamps over the splice. Tighten the clamp screws until the clamps are firmly in place over the mended section of garden hose. Your garden hose is now ready to use.

Tips and Warnings

  • Clean the inside of a dirty garden hose to make inserting the splice easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Garden hose splice
  • Water bucket
  • Hot water
  • Garden shears
  • Liquid soap
  • Screwdriver

References

  • Reader's Digest: You Can Fix It
  • YouTube: How to Repair a Garden Hose for Your Yard

Who Can Help

  • Bob Vila: Proper Garden Hose Storage
Keywords: mend garden hose, repair garden hose, garden hose splice

About this Author

Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.