Bob Vila Radio: Hose Repair

Before saying goodbye to a leaky garden hose, try these simple repairs first.

If your garden hose has seen better days, don’t just send it to the landfill. There are some simple, inexpensive ways to extend the life of a leaky hose.


Listen to BOB VILA ON HOSE REPAIR or read the text below:

Garden Hose Repair


First, be sure it doesn’t just need a new washer. If your hose leaks from around the nozzle or the spigot, try installing a new rubber washer first. You might fix the problem right there, for just a few cents.

If that doesn’t work, or if your hose has a crack or hole in it, head to your local hardware store or home center for a repair kit. It’s also pretty simple to replace a bent or broken coupling using replacement parts found in the same aisle. Cut out the damaged section of hose and bring it with you so you can get the right kit. It’s pretty simple to reattach the two pieces of hose you cut apart, and turn it back into one working hose.

If your trusty old hose has sprung several leaks, it’s still not ready for the trash heap. Consider poking even more holes in it and using it as a drip hose. Wind it around the base of your shrubs and trees and let it deliver water right to the roots, where just a little goes a long way to keeping your plants happy.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.