[Market-farming] Leaking Hose

Marty Kraft martyk at allspecies.org
Fri Apr 8 11:34:44 EDT 2011

The leaks i'm getting are between the screw on, threaded piece and  
the piece that fits on the end of the hose. When i put on new  
couplings the pressure pushes them off. It's hard to tighten the  
screws tight enough. I think i have been using Gilmore replacements.  
Other suggestions?

On Apr 8, 2011, at 8:26 AM, William H Shoemaker wrote:

> I have volunteers who do work for me, sometimes using hoses. I’ve  
> discovered some of them do things that will result in leaks in hose  
> connections. Sometimes they don’t like the way the watering wand is  
> positioned, so they’ll take it off and put it back on. They will  
> sometimes cross the threads and there is no seal. Water leaks all  
> over. Then, hoses today often come with plastic hose-end fittings.  
> Once you cross them, they are hard to fit properly. They want to  
> follow the new track created by the crossing of the threads. After  
> time you just have to cut off the old fittings and buy  
> replacements. Then you run into the situation where the replacement  
> fitting isn’t installed properly and it leaks. I find my self  
> repairing repair jobs sometimes. Then there are those folks who  
> like to kink the hose to stop water flow. It’s easy! But it results  
> in the hose wall breaking down and breaking open at the sharp  
> points of the kinks. Sometimes this happens accidently, but when it  
> is repeated the hose breaks down. There’s also the issue of letting  
> pressure build up in those hoses. Often this happens when they are  
> kinked or when the little swivel valves are put on the hose ends,  
> just before a nozzle or wand. It is convenient to “turn off” the  
> water right there. But then if it’s left that way for who knows how  
> long, the pressure in the hose works on the fittings. If they’ve  
> been kinked or if pressure is high, the integrity of seals just  
> starts to break down.
> When I was an undergrad I had a couple of projects in the  
> University greenhouse. The greenhouse manager was a “drill  
> sergeant” about how folks handled hoses. I didn’t like it but later  
> I appreciated how important good hoses were and how good habits  
> made a huge difference in how they worked and how long they lasted.  
> Water under pressure is incredibly capable of discovering and  
> exploiting weak points.
> Bill
> William H. Shoemaker
> Sr. Research Specialist, Food Crops
> University of Illinois - Crop Sciences
> St Charles Horticulture Research Center
> 535 Randall Road, St Charles, IL, 60174
> 630-584-7254, FAX-584-4610
> wshoemak at illinois.edu
> From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:market- 
> farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of MAsteveINE
> Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 7:12 AM
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Leaking Hose
> " leaks behind the couplings of garden  hoses?"
> Are you meaning where rubber hose meets metal hose end, or
> where the swivil part of the female end meets the metal end?
> MAsteveINE
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