You may discover that your garden hose is too long for your needs. Maybe it’s too big for your garden hose reel.
Perhaps you’ve recently relocated and have a smaller yard that doesn’t necessitate a long hose.
Fortunately, you can shorten a garden hose in four easy steps:
1. Measure and mark your desired hose length
Make sure to thoroughly unroll your garden hose to ensure that it reaches the sections of your yard that require watering.
You might even want to turn on the water to ensure you don’t miss any of the difficult-to-reach locations.
2. Using a utility knife or wire cutters, cut your hose where it is marked.
Depending on your hose type, a simple pair of scissors may suffice. If you have a contractor/farm-grade hose, you may need a stronger tool to cut it.
That is what we would recommend if you have wire cutters. If you don’t have wire cutters, a utility knife will suffice.
Just make sure to cut the hose carefully by placing it on the ground and tying it securely with the other hand out of the knife’s path.
Make sure the line is cut perpendicular to the length of the hose. A diagonal or jagged line will make installation difficult and prone to leakage.
3. Insert replacement fitting into the hose’s cut end
You may get a garden hose replacement fitting at your local hardware shop or Amazon.com. It will resemble the following:
It’s worth noting that if all you want to do is shorten your garden hose, you only need the male replacement fitting. If it’s not male, you won’t be able to attach a spray nozzle if you want to.
Many garden hose replacement kits offer both male and female fittings. You won’t need the male replacement fitting in this scenario because you’re not joining two hose lengths.
4. Attach the clamp to the end of the hose and tighten it.
To tighten the clamp, you’ll need a Phillips head or a flathead screwdriver, depending on the replacement fitting you buy.
Before tightening, ensure your clamp is as close to the end of the hose as possible and flush with the replacement fitting.
And there you have it! You now have a garden hose that has been resized and is ready to use.
Upcycling your extra garden hose
You’ll have an extra, perfectly good hose length now that you’ve shortened your garden hose. Don’t toss that away!
You can always look into some hose upcycling options. Alternatively, you can save that hose for later use if your primary hose fails.
Another option is to convert your spare hose into a small leader hose hooked to a hose reel.
Fixing a garden hose
You take your garden hose from the garage, screw it into the faucet, attach the ideal nozzle, turn on the water, and get saturated. It’s the all-too-common hose leak.
Don’t hurry out to repair the damaged pipe just yet. You can fix your hose and be back to watering the grass in no time with the right tools and these simple methods.
If the water doesn’t squirt you in the face, you might have to go home hunting. Here are your repair options if you discover a tiny leak:
- Option 1: Clean and dry the hose before applying common electrical tape or specifically developed hose repair tape. Wrap the tape around the hose, overlapping it as you go. If you wrap it too tightly, the hose will fold, and the tape will fail to seal.
- Option 2: For tears and punctures, use rubber cement. After drying and cleaning the area, apply rubber cement to and around the hole. Fill the hole, but not so much that it enters the hose.
- Option 3: Invest in a tire puncture repair kit. These are typically available at bicycle repair shops or auto parts stores. After reading the instructions, apply the repair materials to the hole.
A leaking spigot indicates that the washer is worn out and should be replaced. Washers degrade or dry out with age. Remove the old one and replace it.
If the leak persists, replace the coupler. The coupler is the part that connects one hose to another or the tap.
Repairing a major leak is a little more complicated but still straightforward. This will necessitate removing the damaged section and replacing it with a mender.
When doing this, make sure to use a sharp blade and make straight cuts. Bring the cut-out portion with you when buying replacement parts to ensure you have the correct pieces.
The parts you need will also vary depending on whether you have a rubber or vinyl hose.
- Using straight lines, carefully cut out the damaged piece of the hose.
- Loosen the screws holding the replacement coupler in place.
- Insert the cut ends of each hose section into the side of the clamp mender. If this section is difficult, rub a little soap on the region to soften it.
- Tighten the screws until the clamp is snug enough to keep the hose from slipping.
- Connect the hose to a nozzle and test the connection by turning on the water. Tighten the connector until there is no longer any leakage of water.
Repairing a bent coupling
Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of compression fittings, you’ll be able to repair a water hose with a bent or crushed connection. A bent coupling will leak when attached to a faucet or sprinkler, whereas a crushed coupling cannot be connected at all.
For a brand-new hose end, use a compression coupling.
- Scissors, hose cutter, or razor knife
- Compression coupling
- Cut the Hose
- Cut off the damaged coupler with a sharp pair of scissors, a hose cutter, or a razor knife. Make certain that the edges are neat and clean.
- Your garden hose’s ends have two separate compression couplings: a male and a female. Female ends are connected to the faucet, while male ends are connected to the nozzles or sprinklers. To ensure that everything fits properly, match the damaged end of your hose to the replacement coupling. Set up a Compression Coupling.
- Insert the cut end of the hose into the compression coupling and tighten the collar clockwise to secure your water hose repair.
- Connect the new connection to a faucet and nozzle and turn on the water gently to check for leaks.
Garden hose storage and maintenance
Your garden hose may still be in good working order, but it is damaged. If water leaks from minor holes in the garden hose, the electrical tape may be able to patch it.
When you’ve located the holes, mark them with a marker and turn off the water. Wrap the tape around the openings in the hose when it has been thoroughly dried.
You can overlap it a few times, but don’t make it too tight because any creases would prevent the water from flowing freely.
Many garden hose problems, such as holes in the hose caused by punctures, can be avoided with proper maintenance and storage. Drain the hose after each use by hoisting it over your shoulder.
Consider buying a garden hose hanger if you do not already have one. Hang the hanger on a garage wall or the side of your house that is not in direct sunlight.
These hangers are intended for looping hoses, which is the most effective approach to avoid tangles and kinks.
Bring the outdoor hose inside at the end of the season. Remove the sprayer and run clean water through the hose for a few minutes.
Allow it to dry completely before coiling. Keep the hose inside until you need it again.
How to make a hose last longer
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting, you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind to ensure you can extend the lifespan of your residential or commercial garden hoses.
- Don’t Leave It Out: It may not seem like a huge deal to leave your hose out for an extended time if you become sidetracked or someone simply becomes lazy. Unfortunately, doing so may undermine the tool’s integrity. Sun exposure can gradually deteriorate the hose’s materials, resulting in cracks. Similarly, storing your hose in a tangled mess outside can produce kinks and splits rather than using suitable storage practices. This is especially true if you run over your hose with a wheelbarrow or a car. Instead of leaving your garden hose around, designate a location for it to be stored.
- Coil It Up: In addition to storing your hose safely, you’ll need to wind it properly when you’re done with it. Hose reels are one of the most popular storage choices since they make it easy to recoil the hose when you’re through, but brackets and pots can also be used for this purpose. Some gardeners coil their hoses in a figure-eight pattern (similar to how cords are wound). This can lessen the likelihood of holes and cracks by preventing kinks from forming. Even heavy-duty garden hoses should be properly coiled to avoid damage.
- Drain the Water: When you’re finished gardening and landscaping for the winter, make sure to drain any water trapped inside the hose to avoid freezing and other damage. However, draining the water isn’t just for the end of the season; you should also drain the hose at the end of each day you use it. This is because pressure can still build up inside the hose even after the water is turned off. If this pressure is maintained for an extended period, it might stretch the hose and cause leaks. You can avoid problems by prioritizing this simple step after each day’s use.
- Don’t Drag It: When utilizing residential and commercial garden hoses, it’s important to follow recommended practices to preserve lifespan. Dragging the hose by its nozzle is one practice you should avoid. While it may appear more convenient, it is frequently far more harmful. This can degrade the connecting area between the nozzle and the hose over time. This is a common location for leaks. It would be preferable if you made it a habit to gently pull the hose instead of relying on the nozzle to move it.
- Buy Shorter When Possible: Commercial garden hoses that reach up to 100 feet may be appealing for large-scale operations. Most people, however, assume that shorter hoses will last a little longer. Longer hoses are more likely to be twisted or kinked since they are intrinsically more difficult to transport and store. Even if you buy a hose guaranteed not to kink, you’ll probably find it easier to use a hose that is 25 feet or 50 feet long instead. Most experts advise purchasing two shorter hoses rather than one long one, providing more flexibility and greater overall water pressure.
Of course, investing in a high-quality hose is one of the most efficient ways to assure you won’t need to replace it anytime soon. Please get in touch with us today if you need any other information.
Last update on 2023-03-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API