Gorilla Glue Garden Hose Repair



My parents live in a condo and are allowed a small garden hose to be left in the hedge in front for hosing off vehicles parked there. The lawn service [The Marquis Du Sod] :) trimmed the hedge quite low without looking to see what was there and cut more than a dozen holes in the hose. Since it didn't look worth repairing, my mother told me to take it home or throw it away. Any future hoses would have to be kept indoors.

After thinking about it awhile I came up with a simple fix that didn't exceed the cost of the hose and didn't involve buying proper hose repair parts. If there had only been one or two cuts, a common plastic hose splice kits would have been the best fix.

Step 1: The Fix

I cut out the obviously bad sections with scissors and pushed the closed tip of needle nose pliers into one end. With the flame of a butane lighter, I softened the section with the plier tip in it, and opened the pliers a bit to stretch the hose end open. After making sure the opening was enough to slip the other side of the cut into, I smeared a thin layer of Gorilla Glue on the piece going inside and twisted them together, making sure the pieces curved in the same direction as before the cut.

After waiting a day for the patches to dry, I pressurized the hose, marked the new leaks and repeated the patching process. It took 2 weeks to find all the leaks and seal them, that's how bad this was chopped up. About 3 feet of hose was lost but what is left looks almost like the original and still coils and drains easily.

An unreinforced vinyl hose like this should not have been left out in the sun anyway, so after using it now, it gets drained and put away.



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