I have an old old garden hose that is all rubber. It does not kink, it's
pretty heavy. The fittings on the ends are leaking and broken so they need
to be replaced.
The hose is not the typical 5/8" size. It is 1/2". I cannot use the
standard economy 5/8" hose menders. Instead I need to get a metal 1/2" barb
to 1/2" MIP connector which cost like $5 a piece. Then I need another
adapter to go from that to hose coupling - one male one female, and that's
another $5 a piece, and of course two hose clamps. Altogether I would have
spent $24.00 on fittings to repair the hose, when I can get a new one for
$12.99 at the big box store and of course those are lighter but kinks easy.
What would you do?
: I've tried mending hoses. Usually they spring yet another
: leak, and I end up wasting more money. I'd suggest to
: replace. Sadly, so.
That's the trouble with today's throwaway economy. I have over 200 feet of
repaired hose - in 53 4-foot sections. It's a good investment with the way
brass prices are headed. Pretty soon I'll have a 300-foot brass hose.
All of those have problems. IMO the best is the brass with hose
clamp--- but that damp clamp gets caught on everything. The plastic
ones are just too weak & I've never been able to get the crimp on
stuff to work.
I have a couple brass ones with the saddle clamp like the plastic on
that page. They work best for me. I can't find 1/2" ones- but a
call to Nelson might turn some up-
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If I couldn't find those I'd replace the hose with the best hose the
budget can handle. And save the old one for siphoning, and using for
How long is the hose?
checkout garden hose fittings mcmaster.com
They have some very inexpensive ones that can go from 1/2" id to hose
thread in one shot.
This will greatly reduce your repair cost.
I use this mfr & model and they work great.
Teknor Apex 5/8in x 50ft Neverkink Commercial Duty Hose
I used to use heavy duty rubber hose, they work great and last a long
time.......... but they are kinda heavy.
I'll second that. I have a couple of the 30-buck 100 foot 'commercial'
hoses from Sam's club, and aside from metal galling freezing the nozzles
on they have worked great. However, they do weigh a ton, and get kinda
stiff in chilly weather. Draining and recoiling to put away in fall, the
night before the first hard freeze, is a PITA.
First, stay away from the BORG if you want quality. Second, I'd take
that $24.00 (and maybe a few more) and buy a hose that's at least as
good as your old one. While you're at it get a 5/8" dia at least.
One positive thing about 'Cash for Clunkers' is that
it took thousands of Obama bumper stickers off the road.
Don't forget that if this hose eventually bites the dust, you'll
already have fittings for your next hose, or other hoses.
I otoh, keep gettting hoses out of the trash. I have four or 5 total
now. I don't test them because I don't want to get them wet if I'm
going to store them, but they look okay. This year, one of the two
hoses I've been using for years has 3 leaks, sprayers. I left both
hoses out all winter but had thoroughly drained them. (I have them on
a hose real and I just cranked and went around and around and around
in one direction, long after water stopped coming out the end.)
Didn't bend them when it was cold. I think that one leaks and the
other doesn't means the leaking one was just old. It might have been
the hose the seller of the house left for me 26 years ago.
Canadian hardware stores carry replacement hose ends for both
1/2" and 5/8" hose diameters. My experience has been that expansion-
type fittings are OK but those that need external hose clamps are
unsatisfactory. If US stores do not carry good replacement hose
ends it is more prudent to replace the whole hose than to use inferior
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