How to Repair the Damaged End of a Garden Hose
If your garden hose is leaking at the end, is damaged, or has a kink in it – you can repair the end of it. We show you how in the video below. Keep scrolling for a how-to and for links of where to buy some of the products shown in the video.
And if you’re looking for a great hose that’s less likely to rupture or leak, check out our recommendations here >> Best Garden Hoses.
Check which end of the hose needs to be replaced
When buying a replacement end, make sure you’re buying it for the correct end of the garden hose.
- Female end – attaches to spigot or faucet
- Male end – where your hose nozzle would go
Check what size garden hose you have
Be sure you buy the right SIZE – most garden hoses are 5/8 inch or 3/4 inch, but some are 1/2 inch. Choose the right kind of hose repair kit for the size of hose that you have. Some heavy-duty hoses are a bit thicker so the plastic type of repair kit might not work.
Choose which type of repair kit you’d like to use
You’ll need a hose repair kit. They come in a range of styles and prices. We show you how to use both a plastic one (lighter weight but won’t last as long) and a metal one (longer lasting but heavier) in the video. We also showed one that crimps on the end of the hose, but we don’t recommend that.
The one that we recommend is the Orbit 58114N 5/8-Inch Female Shank Mender. It will fit any 5/8 or 3/4 hose, clamps tightly and is unlikely to leak.
To attach the hose repair:
- Cut off the end of the hose using a scissors, a pair of bypass pruners, a utility knife, or a saw. Make the cut as straight as possible.
- Put the clamp over the hose (see video for various kinds and how to attach them)
- Insert the other part in the hose. If it doesn’t go in easily, soak the end of the hose in boiling hot water for a few minutes. You’ll probably need something like the handle of a screwdriver to help push it in.
- Make sure the washer hasn’t fallen out
- Move the clamp to the end of the hose and tighten it
- If you use the type that we recommend (with the clamp), wrap electrical tape around it. We recommend Scotch Super 33+ Vinyl Electrical Tape, 3/4 in x 66 ft
Have you ever repaired the end of a garden hose? Let us know in the comments below!