Can anyone suggest a method for connecting a garden hose to
a shower hose?
I have traditional style mixer taps with a shower hose attached
see - http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?tsh113&id 524
and I would like to connect a garden hose either to the shower output
part of the tap or to the shower hose itself.
Can anyone suggest the fittings to use? - the standard fittings
in the shed garden centres don't seem to do the job.
There aren't fittings that will do the job, unfortunately. You might be able
to get a threaded (male) fitting, the same as the end of the shower head
that fits on the shower hose, that will fit on 15mm pipe (solder or
compression fitting). If you could get the 15mm pipe down the end of a bit
of hose that would give you a converter.
Shower 15mm hose coupler hose
The short length of hose with a standard hose connector one end and the 15mm
pipe (with threaded fitting on the end) at the other would be your
converter, leaving the normal hose untouched.
That's how I would do it but you may have been contemplating rather less
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Not really a problem. A standard shower hose uses 1/2" BSP threads. A
standard outside tap - to which you would normally attach a garden hose -
has 3/4" BSP threads on its output - but some have 5/8" BSP or even 1/2" BSP
If you buy a hose/tap connector (Hozelock, Gardena or whatever) from a
hardware shop or garden centre, it will be designed to screw onto a 3/4"
tap. BUT it will probably also be provided with 5/8" and 1/2" adaptors. If
you can get one with a 1/2" adaptor, this will screw straight onto your
shower fitting in place of the existing shower hose. [If it doesn't come
with an adaptor, you will need to buy a brass 3/4"BSP to 1/2"BSP reducer
from a plumbers merchant - but you may have more difficulty getting it to
seal on the shower fitting because it won't have rubber washers like the
plastic adaptor would.
Incidentally, the mind boggles as to why you want to extend your shower into
I'm not sure but isnt this a recipe for trouble? Your cold usually
comes through at higher pressure than hot, and with a relatively high
impedance long hose on the end the cold is liable to flow back up the
hot supply pipe, resulting in backward water flow thru the hot system,
and hopefully appearing at the overflow. If youre less fortunate,
appearing on the downstairs ceiling.
Hmmm....this might be a workable alternative to clamping a hose connector to
one of the bath taps when we fill up one of our waterbeds.
Power shower pump tends to blow the connector off now and then.
On Monday, December 1, 2003 10:38:15 AM UTC, Roger Mills wrote:
What he said, 1/2" BSP, no problems.
However, note the hose isn't designed to take hot water, it will soften and will split
or the connectors will be liable to come apart if there's much back pressure
(finger over the end, kids spraying each other).
Keep the water temperature as low as possible and avoid any spray type thing that can shut
the flow off completely, even if only in rotating the jets.
Thanks for all the responses, I'd never thought about taking a shower
outside before... ;)
Actually I'm planning to use the hose to wash the car - the bathroom
is the most logical place to connect the hose (it's closest to the
front door) and if the adaptor leaks/comes off the water will land in
the bath. I have a combi boiler so the hot water is coming via
the mains supply. I will most likely only use the hose with cold
water (mains pressure) and connect it to a shower hose via a
flow-return valve so that should avoid water going back through
the hot water pipes (hopefully).
My car will be happy now that it can finally have more than one
bath a year...
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