How to Mend a Garden Hose

Gardening is something of a constant fight against Murphy’s Law. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Fortunately for the modern gardener, much of the trial and error has been taken out of the adjustments and fixes that are necessary to set things right. One of those small trials that can be a big problem if left untended is a leaky or severed water hose. We’ve all seen hoses that are cut short, taped or which feature multiple male-female end connections along the way. There’s a better way.

Hose Mender Makes It Simple

It used to cost a lot of time, and more than likely a few feet of hose, if you accidentally hit a water hose with a lawn mower or a spade. Today, there is a convenient option for hose mending that is quick, easy and effective. Swan Hose Menders work with both 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch standard garden water hoses. When you use this simple solution to repair your garden hose, you’ll be back doing what you love in just a few minutes, and you won’t lose length unless you have a significant run of damaged hose.

Instead of piecing together odd parts from the junk drawer to splice a damaged hose, the Swan Hose Mender

The hose mender features a female-to-female pipe connector that fits hoses from 5/8 inch to 3/4 inch. The connector is placed inside two ends of cleanly cut hose, and the outer clamps are applied to form a secure, watertight union that won’t randomly fail and will stand up to rolling, unrolling and the weight of dragging a full hose. The Swan hose mender won’t loosen and leak like taping, and it’s designed to last as long as your hose does – and even longer.

Mending a Water Hose Is Easy

There’s no guesswork with the Swan Hose Mender; it fits all garden hoses from 5/8 inch to 3/4 inch. Application is easy, and when you’re done, you’ll have a leakproof connection you can rely on. It’s easy to mend your leaky or severed hose with the Swan hose mender, just follow a few simple steps:

  1. Identify the damaged area of your hose and cut it away. Cut surfaces need to be flat to fit the hose mender properly. Likewise, if your hose was severed, square the cut edges.
  2. Apply the hose mender female to female pipe connector to one end of the hose and then the other. There is a washer-like protrusion in the center of the fitting; apply the hose pieces as close to it as possible.
  3. Place the clamps over the hose union on both sides of the washer area. Use the included Philips (cross head) screws to tighten the clamps, creating a solid connection.
  4. Connect and resume use of your hose. If there are any leaks at the union be sure your pipe connection was fully inserted in your hose ends and your clamps are snugly applied.

Mending a damaged or severed garden hose is a simple matter if you use the right parts for the job. Skip the trial and (mostly) error of taping and splicing with odd bits of pipe and farmer clamps and use a Swan Hose Mender instead. Get back to the garden where you belong.

All content provided in this article is for general informational purposes only. All use of products referenced in this article should be done in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

For more information on hose repair and storage, read the following articles:

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How to Maintain Your Hose and Extend Its Life


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