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Garden Hose End Repairs
How to repair your garden hose ends with Ace brand hose ends repair fittings.

The tools required for this project:
  • Sharp knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Optional: Non-polluting lubricant. (Petroleum jelly, detergent or soap.)
  • Warm water
  • Gloves
There are two basic types of hose repair fittings. The one I prefer is the plastic or brass style that clamps using a screwdriver to tighten the hose to the fitting. The other style requires a hammer to tighten metal fins down to the hose to keep the fitting on the hose.

The first step is to inspect the hose for damaged areas. If the hose has many damaged or leaking spots, or the hose is weather-cracked, a new hose may be a better idea than doing many repairs on a worn out one.

Next, cut off the damaged end with a clean straight cut. Apply a small amount of lubricant to the new Ace fitting and push it into the hose. If the fitting does not go in, put the hose end in the warm water to relax the end sufficiently so the fitting will stretch the hose more easily.

Tip Tip: If the fitting is difficult to push into the hose, attach the fitting to the other end of the hose to give yourself more of a handle to work with.

Last, put on the hose clamp and tighten it with the screwdriver.
Hose Fittings that Require a Hammer:
The type of hose fitting that requires a hammer goes together much the same way as the ones described above. Instead of a clamp, these fittings have metal pieces or fins that are hammered down and tightened against the hose. The best way to fit these clips is to place the fitting on a hard surface, taking your time to tap the fins down a bit at a time until they are all evenly tightened against the hose. Test the hose to see if it will hold without leaking.

If you have a leak, continue to hammer the fins until there is an even amount of pressure from each fin on the hose and it doesn’t leak. Be careful not to hit the fitting too hard. Doing so will distort or dent the fitting. This process can also be done using channel lock or pump pliers or a vice.

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