The most common tool used in gardening today is the water hose. Generally hoses come in 25, 50 and 75 foot lengths, and have diameters of 5/8″ and 1”. The diameter determines available water flow measured in gallons per minute.

The most popular residential hoses sold at home centers such as City Mill is 25 to 50 feet long, 5/8” in diameter and made by a combination of reinforced vinyl and rubber.

The first thing to remember about water hose care is to never leave it with a kink. A hose left with a kink for a long time will never return to an unkinked condition. To remove a kink you will have to cut out a section and reconnect the two halves with a special hose fitting. Storing a hose on a reel is the best thing to prevent kinks and the water automatically runs out as you roll it up.

Prices vary from hose to hose, but expect to pay at least $20.00 for a top quality 50 foot reinforced vinyl rubber hose. The cheaper plastic hoses are not reinforced, and not intended to have a nozzle shut-off attached to the end to resist water flow. IF this is done the hose will crack open and explode.

Repairing Tips

When turning on your hose bib, if you noticed water leaking out of the female hose coupling it is probably do to a worn out washer. These washers are one-size-fits all and available at all City Mill stores.

If you discover a pinhole or small crack, it can be wrapped with vinyl tape or ordinary black electrical tape for a temporary fix. Make sure the outside of the hose is clean and dry. Take the tape and cover the damaged area, plus at least an inch past the damage on both sides. Major cuts or long cracks can’t be repaired with tape. You will need to buy repair fittings. Using a sharp knife or snips cut off the leaky fitting or selection of hose. Make sure the cut is straight across. Next, measure the inside diameter of the hose so you know what size of fitting to purchase.

Coupling Hose Repair 5/8 in.

Coupling Hose Repair 1/2 in.

Hose End Repair 5/8-3/8 in.

Coupling Hose Repair Brass 1/2 in