STOP: Before You Toss That Cracked Garden Hose—Fix It

Even large holes can be repaired without a lot of expense.

November 23, 2015

Before you put a leaking hose in the landfill, you might be able to extend its life with an inexpensive repair kit. Just follow the instructions below and you'll be good to go in the spring: 

Step One

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Turn on your hose to find the leaky area, then mark the edges of it with an indelible marker.

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Step Two

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Using a box cutter or sharp blade, cut out the damaged section of hose. Purchase a hose repair kit that contains a repair fitting and clamps. Make sure the repair fitting fits the diameter of your hose.

Step Three

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Slip a clamp onto each section of hose. Then insert the hose repair fitting into one section of the hose. Slide the second hose section onto the other side of the fitting and snuggle the two sections back together as tightly as possible.

Step Four

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Screw the clamp down firmly on each side of the repair fitting. Turn the hose back on to make sure there are no more leaks, and boom! You're done. 

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