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Repairing a Leaky Water Hose

Tips on repairing a leaky garden hose.

Silicone Caulk and Tape

Get hose completely dry. If hole is tiny, fill it with rubber cement, If large, use silicone caulk. When the cement has dried, wrap the area starting about an inch from the hole with black plastic tape.


By Alobarbear

Use Copper Tubing and Clamps

If the hose is large enough inside, (like 5/8") cut it through the leak, place a piece of copper tubing inside and use hose clamps on each end of the cut. I've had one fixed like that for over 20 years. It is a good rubber hose.

By Siris

Hose Menders

You can get all size hose menders at any stores that carry gardening supplies; Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You just need to know whether you have 1/4",1/2".5/8",3/4" hose. They are very cheap.

All you have to do is cut the bad part out, insert the right size hose connector and tighten. I usually put a little vegetable oil around the insert to make it slide in easier. I also keep a plastic shoe box full of all size connectors, male and female ends for the end of the hoses, plumber's tape to snug up threads, rubber O rings, Y connectors with shut offs, if you want to run more than one hose. They also carry connectors so you can attach additional hoses to make them longer.


Buy Water timers when they are on sale. Some have batteries so they automatically go on and off when you want. With the other type, you just turn timer as to how long you want to water and they go off automatically. The battery ones are great, especially when you go on vacations as the ground still get watered.

By Dee

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April 12, 20070 found this helpful

If it is an older hose,and not leaking to badly consider making it a soaker hose.Punch more small holes at different intervills.Why buy an expensive soaker hose?


If its not old try repair.

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