This spring, we thought it would be nice to get a little more grass growing in our yard. Since we live in the woods (shade and grass do not mix), it is no easy feat to get that lush lawn that everybody wants. I digress. That is for another post. Anyway, we threw down some grass seed in all of our thin patches and then the process of watering began. Since grass seed has to stay moist until it germinates, we had to keep up on making sure we watered the seed often. Luckily (for the grass at least), the rain gods have been looking out for Ohio this year. We have only had to get out the hose a couple of times. However, one of those times turned into a tragedy. Let me explain.
Our back yard has about 150 feet between the back of the house and the rear fence. Last year when we were buying hoses, we decided to opt for the 100 foot hose. We thought, with the spray distance of the water, it should be able to cover the whole yard, right? So, our purchase was made.
On my first watering trip, I got the hose out and started dragging it to the back of the yard. Once I got towards the back of the yard, I gave a quick spray towards the back. Nope not quite far enough. Looking back at the hose, it looked pretty tight. But, being a man, I was sure that I could get a few more inches further out of that hose, right? So, a little tug. One more spray. Still, just a bit short of my target. I bet if I pull a little bit harder, that will do the trick! And it did! Actually, the hose pulled pretty freely. Only problem was, no water was coming out! Hmmm…
I looked back and sure enough. Water was pouring out of the spicket. The hose broke right away from the spicket!
We can’t exactly go without a hose. Things need watered around here (and once Summer rolls around, I’ll need something to spray Lara with – one of my many methods to annoy her). So, my two options: Buy a new hose (BOO!), or fix this one . Surgery it is!
You can get what you need for pretty cheap from a hardware store. All you need is a box knife and a female mender. It cost me about $4 for the female mender (the part on the end of the hose that you screw onto the spicket).
How to repair the hose
- Cut off the end of the old hose with your box knife (or any sharp knife)
- Put on the new female mender (connector)
- Tighten up the screws on on the connector.
- Your Done! This process can also be done to repair the middle of the hose or the other end where the water comes out. You just have to make sure you buy the right connector.
And that’s it. A trip to the hardware store and about 10 minutes and my hose was fixed. Now, onto my scheming for multiple ways to surprise Lara with a nice little spray.
Idea #1: “Dangit!! Lara! Come look at this stupid, cheap hose. The other end broke. It’s hard to see, so you might have to look a little closer…”
Any more ideas?