The home garden hose tops the list of essential items used regularly around the home. Garden hoses water lawns, flower beds, vegetable gardens and even clean the occasional car. Garden hoses suffer considerable wear and tear around the home environment from near constant use.
An added problem lies in the hose's exposure to the element throughout the year. Hoses contain multiple parts that can be replaced when damaged; learning the parts of a hose will help you choose the proper part to repair the hose.
Garden hose ends contain a metal end with threads to secure the hose to a spigot, another hose or spray nozzle. This threaded end usually consists of a softer metal such as nickel or brass than can be easily dented. Garden hoses have two different hose ends featuring threads on the outside of the end for attachment to a nozzle. The other end is threaded on the inside to fit tightly to the outdoor faucet.
Hose ends often get crushed with use around the home landscape. Homeowners often struggle mightily to separate two hoses with dented hose ends.
Tucked inside the hose end lies an important and overlooked garden hose part. A small rubber washer fits inside the hose end and helps for a tight seal between the hose end and spigot. These circular-shaped rubber gaskets help prevent leakage at the faucet and also help cede two hoses together tightly.
Standard garden hoses consist of flexible tube made of plastic or rubber. Manufacturers design garden hoses to be flexible to bend around corners in the landscape. The soft nature of the garden hose prevent damage to tree trunks with mild contact.
Hoses can handle being dragged across driveways and rocks. Reinforced hoses provide homeowners with a tougher option for heavy use areas. Hose material flexes with use but resists the common punctures that happen with all garden hoses as the product ages.
Connect values aren't offered on every model of hose. These spring-loaded valves attach to the hose end for easy connection of two lengths of garden hose. One side of the valve pulls back easily to connect with the straight valve end.
Higher end model garden hoses come with a thick plastic-sleeved ceded securely to the hose near the hose end. Sleeves limit damage caused by bending at the hose end connected to the spigot. Sleeves prevent creases that can weaken the rubber hose material to cause leaks or pinhole breaks in the garden hose.
Manufacturers don't typically sell garden hoses with an attached sprayer for use around the home. However, this essential hose part serves multiple purposes around the home. Sprayers come in a variety of materials include plastic, metal and brass. Sprayers attach firmly to the end with exterior threads to prevent leakage when water flows through the hose.