Introduction: Quick & Easy Hose Repair for a Dollar
Fixing a leaky or damaged hose is a quick and easy repair. If you're having a problem because it's just leaking water near the spout you turn on, you most likely just need to get a new washer and put that in it. That works for minor leaks at the spout. For a more damaged hose or leaks in the middle of it somewhere, you just need to buy a "mender" and follow these simple instructions to get that fixed and working again. I have two hoses and both were damaged - one had the metal damaged on the end so I couldn't attach it to anything and the other had a hole in the middle of it. It only took about 5-10 minutes to fix them both. So, let's get started!
Step 1: Materials Needed to Repair Hose
Materials Needed for Hose Repair:
- Utility Knife
- Screw Driver
- Mender Kit (I bought the menders at the Dollar General for $1 a Piece)
- *Optional: Washer (you can buy a pack for about a $1)
Make sure you know which mender kit you've purchased as the ends are different for the female and male connectors.
Step 2: Cutting & Getting Mender Ready
Once you know the part you want to cut off the damaged hose, do so with the utility knife. Try to make a nice clean straight cut across. Then take out the mender and it should have a plastic piece covering the bottom part of it with two screws in it. Loosen up or remove the screws so you can then take out the main plastic hose connector (the black middle piece in my photos).
Step 3: Replacing & Tightening
Once you take out the black piece, you will need to push that into the hose where you cut the piece off. This can be difficult to work it back into the hose. Some people say it helps to hold the end of the hose under hot water for a minute before putting the plastic piece in it. I managed to push it in without doing that. Once the black connector piece is pushed in completely, then you can take the green plastic pieces out.
Take the green plastic pieces and put it back on with the hose and tighten the screws fully. Then, add a new washer in if it's needed and you are done! All fixed! Now there's no need to buy another hose!