A commonly asked question among yard-goers is how to fix a garden hose end? Having a damaged part on your garden hose can be quite frustrating. You may have thought about buying a new garden hose but odds are that your problem can be fixed.
Unless, your garden hose has cracks and holes throughout it then we would recommend buying a new hose as it will probably be more expensive to fix it. But if you have a specific part on the hose that leaks then that can be fixed without hardly any cost or no cost at all.
Majority of leaks or issues may come from the hose end which is understandable. Over time, you are constantly using and moving around your hose and let’s be honest, you can’t be too careful with something that is over 50 feet long. With that being said, your garden hose takes on some good damage over time.
Fixing a leak or any sort of problem from the hose end is not too complicated. It might seem so at first but if you follow the steps and the video tutorial you will be just fine. So, let’s get to it!
How To Fix A Garden Hose End
Below we will give you thorough steps on how to complete this process as well as a video tutorial. It is very important to read the steps and watch and pause the video before you do this. Let’s begin.
Step 1 – Determine The Problem
First, you need to determine that the leak is specifically coming from the hose end and not one of the connectors. How do you do this?
Replace the washer on the male (nozzle) or female (faucet) end, whichever one the leak is coming from. Now turn the water back on and if the water is running smoothly then you know that it was a connection problem which you have just fixed. If the water continues to leak then you know that you have a problem with the hose end.
Unfortunately, you are going to have to replace this part of your hose with some tools.
If a leak is not the issue and your hose end is just damaged, you are still going to follow the exact same steps.
Step 2 – Cut & Measure
Unscrew the hose from the water spigot and the nozzle sprayer if you have one attached. Lift one end of the hose over your shoulder and walk the length of the entire hose so that all the excess water can drain out of it. Once all the water is out, lay the hose completely flat in a straight line. You may have to untangle or get any kinks out of the hose for this.
Now, use a sharp knife to squarely cut off the end of the hose. It is important to cut the hose in a straight line so that your new hose end mender can fit perfectly.
Next, measure the interior diameter of your hose. Do not start measuring from the outside material of the hose because that does not count. It is strictly from one interior side to the other. Most garden hoses will have a 5/8″ or a 3/4″ diameter.
It is extremely important to get an exact measurement so that you can pick out the right sized hose mender. If not, your new hose mender will not fit. This should be rather simple.
Step 3 – Slide & Tighten
Now you have your hose end cut and your diameter measurement. Next, it’s time to buy a new hose mender. Don’t worry, they are only about $4. That price is a lot better than a brand new garden hose.
Go to your local hardware store and ask for a hose mender of whatever measurement you took down. You can even bring in your cut hose end piece and they will measure and pick out the correct size for you.
This part might sound confusing but after watching the video below it should be very simple. First, dunk your hose end in a cup of hot water to soften up the hose so that the fitting will proceed to be easier.
Take the head of your hose mender and slide it onto the hose where you made your cut. Now, take the body of your hose mender and slide it on as well. Connect the head to the body and begin to tighten with your hands.
There are different types of hose menders so depending on which one you bought, you may need a screwdriver or a wrench to tighten it. Also, some menders may just have a body piece with a tightening clamp attached to it which is fine. All you need to do is slide it on to your hose and tighten. Give the mender and the hose a pull to ensure that it is completely fastened.
Step 4 – Test It Out
Now your new hose end mender is on and ready to go. Attach your spray nozzle and your hose to the spigot and test it out. Your hose water should run smoothly from both ends and you should be all set to use your garden hose.
See, that wasn’t so hard. You can now call yourself a repair expert. Well, not quite but you’re getting there.
Video – Visual Tutorial
Odds are most of you will watch this video that shows you exactly how to fix your hose end. However, for those of you who think you got it down. We still strongly recommend that you watch this video as it pin points the above steps perfectly.
Well there you go. You should now know how to fix your garden hose end. Just remember to be patient and follow the above steps and video. If you do this right, it will save you a ton of money on not having to buy a new garden hose. If you need more assistance or have any questions, please leave us a comment below.