I'm trying to remove my garden hose from the faucet on the side of my
house, but it won't budge. It's rusted on I think, and I'm having a
hard time getting a "grip" on it to twist it off. This brings me to my
question. What is the best "Multi-Use" tool for jobs like this?
Adjustable wrenches just don't have the "grip". Adjustable Pliers will
work, but Vice Grips permit you to "clamp" the hose. I've seen other
such multi-purpose "tools" offered on TV from time to time, but I'm
interested in getting a tool that is the most flexible, and durable,
and versatile for these types of jobs. How about it? Does anyone have
a brand, or make, of a tool like this that they just love and couldn't
For starters, flood with penetrating oil (any good hardware store).
This should help loosen it.
Vise grips, etc. will damage things. Use them as a last resort.
Vise grips are handy. Also, a conventional pipe wrench helps (it
tightens the more you lean into it). Also, I find what are known as
"pump pliers" -- adjustable, helpful for the lighter jobs. The handles
are pretty long, and you can get some leverage.
To avoid the problem in the future, get a small tube of plumber's
grease (hardware store again), and lightly lube the threads on the hose
bib. Makes getting things both on and off MUCH easier. Also, a dab on
the rubber "O" seal on the hose makes for a better seal. You can
tighten and seal with nothing more than hand force.
If you end up destroying the fitting, there are replacement/repair
The big Channellock pliers? they are actually useful on very old - as
in 1930s - design water pumps, they have a grease cap that needs to be
tightened periodically to keep the bearings lubricated - if this is not
done the grease will lose its pressure and water can seep into the
bearings. Oddly enough, "water pump pliers" are darn near perfect for
this job :)
Yep, that's where the name (and design) originated...the original
purpose has pretty much gone away but the tool still has value.
For OP, my choices--
"Ordinary" slip-joint pliers -- CEE-TEE brand 8" are best, bar-none.
Vise-grips -- Need selection from small to large; needle-nosed handy on
occasion -- Vise-Grip also still the best
Waterpump pliers -- Channel-lock ok, have a favorite pair about 50
years old or so whose manufacturer can't tell you offhand...
Then there are all the specialty types such as fencing pliers/tool,
snap-ring, electrical of all types/specific purposes, etc., etc., etc.,
Yeah, the ones that look like a long neck with a birds head on top at
a greater than right angle.
My parents had the best slip-joint pliers. I have lost track of them
since my mother died. I think there is a whole container of tools
among her stuff, including my Handy Andy level, and maybe my Handy
Andy full size screwdriver, but the only thing I want a lot are the
pliers which were probably my father's.
Unfortunately, I mixed the tools in with the paperwork, and I don't
want to look at the paperwork. So I'll have to do without.
Maybe they are CEE-TEE but I don't remmeber seeing a brand.
- And don't miss the instructions on the Liquid Wrench can, which say
- hit the connection a few times to get the fluid to go as far in as
Hi! I am trying to loosen a hose and someone suggested hitting the
connection a few times to get the fluid to go as far in as possible.
Can you suggest the proper tool for hitting the connection with? Things
1 - My hand - now it's bruised and sore
2 - The can of Liquid Wrench - split the can and now my driveway is a
3 - The other end of the hose - bent the nozzle and now it's stuck on
too. Do I need to buy another set of channel locks for that end?
Perhaps a left handed set?
BTW I was going to hit it with the channel locks but I didn't because
the user's manual said not to use them for anything other than their
intended purpose (safety first!)
The mallets with the yellow plastic head are handy for pounding on
things that you don't want to damage. One poster also suggests a pair
of fence pliers. They have a hammer, wire cutter, plies, and hook.
Handy for all sorts of things.
My mechanical engineering friends always said, that when confronted
with a difficult problem, "get a bigger hammer."
Slipjoint pump pliers. Sorta L-shaped. Channelock is a decent-but-affordable
brand. This is why they call them pump pliers- they are designed for stuff
like this. The leverage they provide gives plenty ot torque, but the 'crush
power' is limited by hard you can squeeze. That way, unlike vise-grips, you
are unlikey to crush or shatter the hose end or the hose bib itself. Of
course, soaking the thing in penetrating oil for an hour before you reap on
it, will also help a lot.
On 10 Jan 2007 18:03:19 -0800, samadams firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you want one tool then get a pair of standard channel locks. A
better tool for your particular example would be a nutbuster type
channel lock that is featured on this page.
two adjustable channel locks or substitute similar but only buy a pair
of the the narrow ones so they fit perfectly on the hose nuts and keep
them with your box of extra hose fittings and adapters. one grabs the
hose nut and other grabs sill cock to hold it in place.
samadams email@example.com wrote:
I guess this would be a good reason to buy those garden hoses whose
ends are hex shaped. I presume I have a wrench that would fit them.
But I've actually never bought a hose. The house came with 2 or 3 of
them, and I've found about 3 more, usually on a hose reel. So now I
have about 6. I guess I'll never get to try the hex end.
Channel locks for fairly easy stuff, pipe wrench
when it is really stuck. Pretty much the same as
all the other responses. Vice grips (carefully
adjusted so they don't grip too tightly also work.
However, if you can't easily get the hose off, you
need to revise what you are doing. Hoses should
be taken off at least 2 times a season in most
areas. We usually just use our fingers to put the
hose on and off the faucet. Hoses should be
tightened only hand tight. If the leak with hand
tightening, the hose end is bent or more likely
just needs a new washer.
Hint: One tool is never good for everything!
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