How to Replace the End of a Garden Hose


A garden hose is a household essential, and without it, it's obviously very difficult to have a green lawn, water the vegetables or wash the car. If the end of your garden hose is broken, bent, or just plain worn out, it isn't necessary to invest in an expensive new hose. Replacing that damaged hose end is easier than you might think, and will only cost a few dollars.

Step 1

Use a sharp knife or a razor blade to cut off the damaged fitting, along with at least 1 inch of hose. Be sure to make a clean, even cut.

Step 2

Take the piece to a hardware store or gardening center. This is the best way to be sure you are purchasing the correct replacement fitting.

Step 3

Rub dish soap on the cut end of hose to make it slick, and slide the new fitting into the cut end. Slide the new fitting all the way into the hose. If you use dish soap and the fitting still won't slide, try soaking the hose in boiling hot water for a few minutes to soften it.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Replacement hose fitting
  • Dish soap


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  • Choosing and Repairing Garden Hoses
Keywords: garden hose, hardware store, razor blade

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.