How to Repair an Outdoor Garden Hose

1st Locate the leaks. If it didn’t squirt you in the face, you may have to go on a hole hunt. Does your hose leak at the faucet? Does it leak where you’ve joined two hoses? Does it leak at the point where you’ve attached a sprinkler head or spraying device? Or does it leak somewhere in the middle?

2nd Apply petroleum jelly to leaky joints. Detach the hose from other hoses or devices, and thoroughly lube the threads of each with petroleum jelly. Re-attach and you will notice fewer leaks or even none at all. Be careful trying to re-attach the items as your hands will be slick.

3rd Use rubber cement for tears or punctures. Using a dry paper towel, dry off the section of hose where there is a hole or cut. If the hole is within a foot (30 cm) of the end of the hose, try using a piece of dowel with paper towel wrapped it to clean the inside of the hose. Apply some rubber cement to-and around-the hole. Fill in the hole, but not so much that it gets inside of the hose. This could result in clogging up the hose, and increasing the water’s pressure, causing more leaks and an incentive for the hose to burst at that weak spot.

4th Use a tire puncture repair kit. These are the most commonly sold at bicycle repair shops, body shops, car part stores, etc. Carefully read the directions of use, and apply the repair substance to the hole. After drying, buy a small sheet of solid rubber from a craft store, hardware store or other supplier. You can also cut a small square out of an old rubber rain boot or any other rubber item you no longer use. Glue it over the leak and let dry (use glue that is able to keep the rubber attached strongly).

5th Get a coupling for more severe tears. They are available at a hardware store. Shut-off the water to the hose and cut out the bad portion. Splice in the repair coupling. It will have detailed instructions on the label.

Resource: wikiHow

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