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habitat_gardener February 22, 2020 03:28 PM

hose repair
Is it possible to repair a hose and make it leakproof?
This is for a new hose that was cut to a specific length.
We tried 2 different repair kits and the hose still leaks.

zeuspaul February 22, 2020 04:43 PM

I assume a standard garden hose? Where is it leaking? I use hose fittings from McMaster Carr. They are of better quality than what I can get from the local home improvement stores.

Black Krim February 22, 2020 04:49 PM

We often repair old hoses. Never leaks at the repair. Perhaps because my hoses are so old, it makes a leak in a new location.

For what its worth, we buy whatever is available at Ocean State Job Lot, a discount store. Peices fit into tubing VERY tight and bracket is screwed around insert before and after splice.

Nothing more agrivating than a leaky hose.

GoDawgs February 22, 2020 08:42 PM

If it's leaking at either end, have you changed the washer in the female connector or in whatever it is you're screwing on to the male connector? Sometimes that's the problem. I can't stand the cheap plastic washers sold today. Give me the good old rubber washers any time for a tight fit.

habitat_gardener February 23, 2020 02:44 PM

The hose was cut by my garden helper :) [against my advice] so that I would have a hose connection in the exact center [not my idea] of the community garden plot. It leaks at the end, which is both where it was cut and where it connects to the next hose. I will recheck the washers; I have a good supply of the rubber ones.

GoDawgs February 23, 2020 05:14 PM

[QUOTE=habitat_gardener;753708]It leaks at the end, which is both where it was cut and where it connects to the next hose. [/QUOTE]

I've had that happen and sometimes it's because the end was cut unevenly. Check that too and re-cut or trim if needed. Also make sure the hose end is jammed up tightly against the rim of the fitting and that the clamp is as far up as it will go too and very tight.

Sometimes the clamps they come with are the guilty party, especially the clamshell type clamp where the two halves are screwed together. If that's the case, get a small radiator hose type clamp and try that.

I've found that Gilmour hose fix-its and most of their other products work well and are long lasting. There's always an exception but generally I've been satisfied even though their hose fix-its are a bit more expensive than the cheapies.

whoose February 24, 2020 06:24 PM

Go to your hardware store and tell them you want the brass repair you have to hammer into place, never leaks. Be sure to know the diameter or better take a piece with you.

D.J. Wolf March 23, 2021 07:09 PM

Just a couple suggestions when repairing hoses.

Be sure and cut square to the hose
Heat the hose (in boiling water) to soften and make it easier to push repair in
Use worm gear clams and make sure they are TIGHT
If needed, double clamp on each end of the repair

I've done this on garden hoses for years and never had a leak.

biscuitridge March 23, 2021 08:33 PM

Just take it to a hydraulic repair shop and they can put on very good ends that will never leak. Doesn't cost much more than buying the cheap China made garbage at the big box store!

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