How to Repair Fittings on a Garden Hose

Overview

Leaking garden hoses waste water and cost you extra money. Repairing the fittings on the garden hose takes only a few minutes and is well worth the cost of the parts. The male and female fittings are sold in most home and garden centers. The tools are basic for this quick repair task. Repair fittings must be the same size as the interior hose diameter.

Step 1

Cut the old end fittings from the garden hose using either a knife or a pair of scissors. Make the cut as smooth as possible, leaving no ragged edges.

Step 2

Remove the outer collar of the repair fitting. There are two Phillips screws that hold the outer collar to the hose fitting. Turn the Phillips screws in a counter-clockwise direction to remove the collar.

Step 3

Slip the male insert into the end of the hose. Push the fitting into the hose until it mates up to the raised portion of the repair coupling.

Step 4

Place the two pieces of the collar over the hose. Start one of the Phillips screws into the screw hole. Tighten the screw in a clockwise direction. Insert the second screw into the hole and tighten.

Step 5

Insert a rubber hose washer into the fitting if needed. Female hose couplings will require an interior rubber washer.

Step 6

Connect the hose to the outdoor spigot. Turn the water on. Tighten the screws on the collar if a slight leak occurs.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Repair fittings
  • Hose washers

References

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Service: Make a Rain Barrel
  • Communityonline.com: Fix That Old Garden Hose
Keywords: repair couplings, garden hose repair, fix leaky hoses

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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.