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by Jeff Patterson in Exterior DIY Projects
Garden Hose Repair

Garden hoses don’t last forever.

Mine sprung a leak while I was trying to power wash our house.

Instead of throwing away the hose I decided to fix it. The repair parts cost less than $9.

Maybe you’re in the same predicament as me and have a hose that needs TLC.

Even if you don’t, I’m willing to bet this tutorial will totally come in handy down the road.

It’s the small fixes (like this one) that make me happy. But my first two attempts were complete duds.

Today I’ll share my failures and my glorious successes so that you can be a better DIYer than me. Let’s get started 🙂

Garden Hose Repair Tips

Oh, I almost forgot – I have a bonus tip.

Sometimes the male end of garden hoses goes bad. This is the end that screws into your hose sprayer.

Instead of scrapping my hose I fixed this, too.

Again, the parts are cheaper than a new hose.

Man I love saving money by DIYing. I geek out on this stuff.

Here’s your supply list

  • Metal Clamp Hose Mender by Gilmour ($3)
  • Male Hose Mender by Orbit ($5)
  • Miter Box ($8)
  • Hacksaw ($5)
  • Phillips Head Screw Driver (FREE or Borrow)
  • Flat Head Screw Driver (FREE or Borrow)

Yep, pretty short supply list.

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • How to do a Garden Hose Repair

But first let me show you my two failures. That way you won’t make the same mistakes.

 

How NOT to Fix a Garden Hose

I love trying new products.

A few months back I used Fiber Fix to resurrect my broken hammer.

That project turned out awesome (you can check it out here).

And a few fans asked what I thought of using Fiber Fix for leaky pipes.

So I took this opportunity to see if Fiber Fix could fix a leaky garden hose.

Fiber fix repair a hose

The kit only cost $5. I followed the directions to a T.

But alas my Fiber Fix repair couldn’t stop the hose from leaking.

Fiber fix is better for tools

That was failure #1.

I was bummed to say the least and feel like Fiber Fix could be a good temporary solution to a dire pipe leak.

Certainly not the best permanent fix.

That said, I still recommend using it for broken tools like shovels, hammers, or other stuff.

My second experiment dealt with a new product by Loctite called GO2 Repair Wrap.

GO2 Repair Wrap

I saw this product in the paint section of Lowe’s and actually drove back to buy it.

It’s a rubberized wrap that helps seal leaks. In fact the packaging uses the word “waterproof”.

My hopes were high and I applied the GO2 wrap around the leak per the directions.

Again, the water leak reappeared.

GO2 Wrap didn't work

DANG it!!!!

I was more disappointed than mad. The GO2 wrap cost about $4 and wasn’t a huge expense.

Maybe the garden hose had too much flexibility in it. Nonetheless, I was bummed it didn’t work.

I actually tried the GO2 Wrap before the Fiber Fix since it seemed like the simplest repair of the two.

If you’re in a pinch and need to fix a gusher of a leak then GO2 Repair Wrap could certainly help.

With my two failures out of the way I had one last hope. And I wasn’t disappointed.

 

The Right Way to Repair Garden Hoses

Now for the real deal.

It’s such a simple setup but the metal hose mender WORKS!!

Otherwise I’d be crying right now if I had 3 failures.

You need to cut out the section of hose that has the leak.

For me, I had to cut out the section of hose that had the Fiber Fix on it.

Use a miter box and hacksaw to cut your hose.

Cut out leaky section

Then slip the two hose clamps onto each side of your hose.

Slide the mender into the hose sections and tighten the clamps using a flat head screw driver.

Hose mender

Test your repair and I bet you won’t see any leak. If you do, just tighten the hose clamps more until the leak disappears.

Hose mender

 

This literally took 5 minutes. I know because my wife gave me a 5 minute warning that we had to leave for the pool!!!

The best part is you don’t need a ton of time or skills to get this done.

Check out my video for the bonus tip and to see my two failed attempts. What can I say, DIY isn’t always perfect 😀

 

What’s Next

Now that the garden hose is fixed you can learn how to edge a flower bed – I promise great results!

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.

Ask your questions below and we’d be happy to help.

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

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15 Comments
  1. Nick Conrad says:

    Hey Jeff. Nick here.
    I like the hose mender. Do you know if you could used your tape products instead of the clamps. That would keep the hose from hanging on “stuff” as you drag it around the yard.
    In the ” ye ole days ” we used a length of copper pipe w/clamps. It had to be real tight or it would leak or slip off. See Nick is ” cheap ” also.
    Have a great day. Nick in Auburn.
    PS: getting ready for some SEC football!

    1. Thanks Nick, I’d love to see your copper pipe setup. Do you have a picture. That sounds awesome.

      It’s hard to believe college football is in a few weeks. I’m still looking forward to summer here in the Burgh, haha.

  2. Kiki/mcgaelicgal says:

    What timing! With cooler temps and lower humidity predicted, it’s gonna be a yard work weekend here! (WAAAAY overdue!) It would be par for the course around here to discover tomorrow when hooking up the sprinkler that we’d sprung a leak. lol Even if the hose is intact, I’m thinking I’ll pick up the supplies to have on hand. Looks like an “easy-peasy” repair! Thanks!

    1. It’s super easy Kiki. Seriously took me less than 10 minutes for both. Have a great weekend doing your yard work. At least it sounds like the temps and humidity will be kind 🙂

  3. Mike Smith says:

    I used to do that to repair hoses. I have found it better in the long run to buy the Sears life time hose. You buy it once, and if anything goes wrong with it, no matter what, they will replace it, no questions ask. The only hose you will ever have to buy!

    1. Now that’s a great tip. Thanks Mike cause if I have to buy a hose again I’m going to Sears.

      Poor sears, they never get mentioned all that much now that the big box stores are everywhere. But they have a ton of great items.

  4. SYLVIA says:

    I HAVE AN INDOOR PROJECT THAT MEY SEEM EASY FOR A MAN BUT I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START. I AM WAISTING WATER AT MY BATHTUB FAUCET , IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING STRONGER. AT LEAST MY CAT LOVES IT…

    1. Sorry to hear about your drip Sylvia.

      What kind of faucet do you have? If it’s a single handle you need to replace the cartridge and any seats/springs.

      This is a pretty easy repair that you can totally do yourself. Here’s a tip, shut off the water at your water main in the house. Then remove the cartridge and take it to the hardware store. That way you’ll have the part and will have a good idea of the replacement you need.

      If you need help let me know. I’d be happy to assist 🙂

  5. J Stone says:

    Thanks for the help on fixing the middle of the hose, how can I fix an end. You know, for the times that I don’t put the hose away and my husband runs it over, lol.

    1. Lol, you cracked me up. Husbands do create more problems than solutions at times.

      If you need to replace the male hose adapter my video shows you that. The part costs about $4 and is super easy to install. Hope this helps 🙂

  6. Laura says:

    Hey Jeff,

    Great info – I tried duct tape to repair my hose but it didn’t work, even though it was Hello Kitty duct tape! Imagine that! Anyway, before I head off to buy the supplies, what kind of hack saw blade should I get? Are there different kinds for different purposes? There’s an old hack saw in the tool shed (left by the previous home owner) but the blade looks quite dull. If I’m going to replace it, I want to get the right kind! Thanks!

    1. Hey Laura, sorry for my late response.

      I’m sure you already did this project but any hacksaw will do.

      And yes, duck tape with Hello Kitty is way cooler than ordinary duck tape, LOL.

  7. td says:

    Just wanted to mention the loctite go2 wrap specifically states it’s NOT for high water pressure use. It works for steam pipes and pipes under sinks, however. I think it was a fail before you even started. 🙁

  8. Hey, Jeff. My garden hose recently got damaged, so I’m trying to find different do-it-yourself options to repair it. Your article has been incredibly helpful in giving me suggestions on what to do. I think I’ll head to the supply store and looking for a hose mender; do you have any idea on how much they cost? Thanks for informing us.

    Alex Jennings |

  9. Betsy McFadden says:

    How can I fix my steel hose to it has over the winter developed two pin hole leaks. Can it be mended??

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