A garden hose, like every other tool in the gardener's arsenal, sees its fair share of service in the course of its duties. It is also similar to other tools in that, from time to time, it requires special attention in the way of maintenance and repair. There are a few different options available for repairing a leaking garden hose which are much more economical than simply replacing it. Various garden hose splice kits and new hose end connections can be installed that, in some cases, make your hose better than new.
Turn on the water to the hose and locate the leaks. If the leak is a small one, a permanent marker or piece of duct tape may be used to mark the hole for future reference when the water is turned off.
Turn off the water and remove the hose from the faucet. Determine whether the hole in the garden hose is close enough to one of the two ends to simply cut it off. If so, make a square, even cut away from the hose end connection while leaving the damaged portion of the hose on the section to be cut off. Sharp garden shears will work well in providing a smooth cut to facilitate repair.
Slide the new hose end connection onto the end of the hose by placing the barbed adapter end of the connection inside the hose. If the connection clamp is not permanently attached to the connection, slide it over the hose first for installation after the connection is flush with the end of the hose.
Force the new hose end connection all the way onto the hose to ensure a good seal. Using a flat head or Philips head screw driver, tighten the screws on the connector clamp evenly until tight. Be careful while tightening screws not to puncture your hand with the screw driver. Wearing garden gloves for this part of the job would be a good idea.
Reconnect the garden hose to the faucet and test it for leaks.
Splicing a Garden Hose
If the hole is in the middle of the hose, it must be spliced with a hose splice connector. The same procedures applies as before except that a double-barbed splice will be used.
Cut the bad section of the hose out while ensuring a smooth and even cut is made at both ends of the damaged hose section. Slip the splice connector into both ends of the hose completely. Tighten the screws at both ends of the splice connection until tight. Reconnect the hose and test for leaks.
Roll the hose up and store it on a garden hose reel to help prevent future damage.