How to Replace the End Fitting on a Garden Hose

By Danielle Smyth Updated May 06, 2021

A well-made garden hose can last for many years, but the parts of the hose may need to be replaced from time to time. One of these parts is the coupling or end fitting. Lowe’s explains that this is where a garden hose hooks up to its water source. Some fittings are metal, while others are made from plastic. You may be able to repair the garden hose end yourself, or you might end up needing a new fitting.

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Repairing a Garden Hose End

If your garden hose is not working properly, you should troubleshoot the issue in order from the least to most complicated repairs. Bob Vila suggests a quick fix that may repair your garden hose fitting: replacing the gasket. Get a pair of needle-nose pliers and disconnect the hose. Look inside the coupling and pull out the gasket.

To find the proper gasket for replacement, take the removed gasket to a home supply store and buy a new one of the same kind. Once you get it home, you should be able to push the new gasket into place with your fingers. Reconnect the hose and see if this simple repair worked.

Should that not prove successful, the end fitting of the hose may be bent. This often happens when hoses get damaged by heavy equipment, like lawnmowers. If this is the case or if you do not want to bother with replacing the gasket, garden hose end replacement is the next option.

Other Garden Hose Repairs

The best garden hose repair kits are also available at home supply centers and online. They come with connectors that can repair leaks in the hose plus male and/or female threaded hose ends. Disconnect the hose and see if you can determine the hose and coupling diameter size. If you are unable to locate this information, cut off the end fitting using garden shears or a hose cutter and take it with you to the store.

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The new garden hose end fitting should be simple to install. Push its exposed end into the new fitting, connect them and twist it clockwise. Reconnect it to the water source and see whether the repair worked.

Garden hoses can also tear or sprout leaks, but you do not have to buy a new one if you are able to repair it yourself. Bob Vila recommends using a garden hose sealant if there are large rips in the hose. These sealants are essentially metal or plastic tubes that can replace torn hose sections. You will need garden shears or a hose cutter to remove the torn section first. The sealant will have two collars that you can attach and tighten.

Garden Hose Maintenance and Storage

Your garden hose may be functioning but damaged. If water is leaking from small holes in the garden hose, you may be able to repair the hose with electrical tape. Once you find the holes, circle them with a marker and turn off the water. Dry the hose well and wrap the holes with the tape. You can overlap it a few times but do not make it too tight since any creases may block the water from flowing as it should.

Many garden hose problems, like holes in the hose from punctures, can be avoided with the right care and storage. After each use, drain the hose by lifting it over your shoulder. If you don’t already have a garden hose hanger, consider investing in one. Place the hanger on a garage wall or on a side of your house out of direct sunlight. These hangers are designed for looping hoses, which is the best way to prevent tangles and kinks.

At the end of the season, bring the garden hose inside. Remove the sprayer and flush out the hose with clean water for a few minutes. Drain it completely, allow it to dry and coil it. Store the hose inside until it is needed again.

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