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This is a replacement garden hose manifold for a commercially available one that was terrible.  I got it at one of those big orange places about 6 months ago.  I don't recall how much I spent on it, but if it was more than a buck, I wasted money.  Both shut-off valves stopped working about a month ago, and I decided to do what I should have done in the first place: build my own!

To build this, you will need just a few parts and less than 10 minutes.  Here's the list:

    (3) 1/2" slip x 3/4" MHT PVC fittings - these are what the garden hoses will attach to
    (1) 1/2" slip x 3/4" FHT PVC fitting - this is what attaches to the hose bib coming out of your house
    (3) 1/2" solvent shut-off valves - I prefer these little jobbies that turn off/on with a 90 degree turn.
    (1) 1/2" solvent PVC cross - forms the main body of the manifold
    (2) 1/2" PVC street elbow 90 degree solvent
    (7) 1/2" x 2" PVC pipe (my photo shows gray electrical conduit b/c that's what I had on hand)
    (1) can of PVC cement


To construct it, just start with the 1/2" slip x 3/4" FHT PVC fitting and work your way down.  I situated the middle shut-off with the handle on top, and the 2 outer ones are rotated 90 degrees so their handles won't interfere with the center one.

Attached is a photo of the one I replaced.  Don't buy - make!
Davilyn9 months ago
It works better if you use all 3/4" PVC fittings. The beauty of making your own is that you can customize. You can reduce to 1/2" (for 1/2" hoses) once you get to the ball valve. If you use all 3/4" fittings at the top, then you will get full pressure all the way along very long hoses.
IamTheMomo1 year ago
Nice job!