A garden hose is a must have exterior tool for both the occasional gardener and the avid landscaper. It is used to water gardens, improve landscaping, feed the lawn, wash the car and for use in other exterior cleaning reasons. A garden hose is expensive to replace (depending on the type, the length and the brand) and it is often much easier to replace its parts when it breaks. The coupling is usually one of the first items that break on a hose. Below are the six simple steps you can use to replace the coupling on your garden hose.
Step 1 – Purchase your Supplies
Go to the local home improvement store or hardware store and buy a replacement coupling kit. Purchase a utility knife and screw driver, if you do not already have one at home. Purchase either liquid or granular soap.
Step 2 – Remove Broken Coupling
Using a pair of scissors or the new utility knife, remove the broken coupling from your garden hose. Be careful. If using the utility knife, do not cut the broken coupling facing the knife towards you. Always use a knife by cutting away from your body.
Step 3 – Loosen the Hose
Most hoses will be stiff and rigid. Loosen the hose with hot soapy water. Soak the end of the hose by putting inside a bucket of hot soapy water. Drop the new coupler into the hot soapy water.
Step 4 – Attach the New Coupler
Pull both the hose and the new coupler out of the water. Insert the new coupler into the end of the hose and press it firmly into the hose (you will actually insert the barb piece of the coupler directly into the cut piece of garden hose).
Press the coupler in firmly. Apply enough pressure. There will be some resistance but by soaking the pieces in hot soapy water, it will make the job much easier.
Step 5 – Tighten the Hose Clamp
Attach the hose clamp to the end of the hose and tighten each side with equal turns. Do not tighten one side more than the other. This will apply equal pressure to the hose, maintain its integrity and help prevent leaks.
Step 6 – Test your Hose
Attach your hose to your exterior spigot. Turn on the water from your spigot. The hose should not leak and water should flow freely to the end of the hose. If leaking is present, readjust the clamp again by either tightening or loosening the clamp at either side of the hose coupling.