Re: D****d Drip Hoses! ARGH!

If your hose is flexible then why not just fold the end back over on itself and wire it down
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yep. water pressure too high. I just have a turn off valve between the soaker and my timer and cut the pressure back that way. works great. Ingrid

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Pam wrote:

I'd agree. But I'm not sure what kind of watering system the original poster is talking about.
If it's a soaker hose, the water pressure should be *very* low. The round ones that weep water *usually* instead of having a plain O-ring washer have a disk with a small hole in it on the end you connect to the water. If that disk is in, even if you take off the end cap on the other end, you'll hardly see any water coming out. Certainly not enough to erode a hole as the OP described. And you'll still get water weeping out of the length of the hose even with the end cap off.
If we're talking about the flat "soaker" hoses with the pinholes spaced along the top of the hose, you'll notice right away if the end of the hose is gone because you won't see the spray coming up from them. (Most of these hoses don't even have removable end caps.) If you're turning this hose upside-down so the holes face down, the spray from the pinholes will cut into the soil. I also can't imagine that anyone would call these "drip hoses."
In the drip irrigation systems I've seen, the hoses don't have "screw on" end caps. You simply fold the end over itself, and slide on a sleeve that keeps the hose folded. If the water pressure is too high, it's more likely that the emitters will blow off, or leaks will occur around the places they're tapped into the tubing. The end sleeve isn't likely to be forced off.
So since the poster speaks of "drip" and an end cap that can be screwed on, I'm going to guess that we're really talking about a soaker hose that the pressure regulating disk has been removed, and the pressure is just too high.
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That's it Warren. Those disks are not there. Think I'll try folding the end of the hose over itself. Thanks everyone!
Karen
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