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Old 04-28-2010, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default How do I get my garden hose not to leak?!?!

As the title suggests, I always have issues with my garden hose leaking at the connection site. It leaks coming out of the faucet, and makes the landing around it a muddy mess, and leaks into the adapter in my chiller. It's a B3 super chiller, looks top notch, but I have to wrap a towel around the connection and drip it into a bucket the whole time I am chilling. Is it just this cheap hose?

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:30 AM   #2
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try changing the gaskets inside the female end of the hose or whatever you are connecting it too

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:30 AM   #3
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Have you tried using a new rubber gasket between the connectors? They sell them at Home Depot and Lowe's. If that doesnt work, use some plumbers tape around the hose fitting and screw it back in.

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Yeah, teflon tape works wonders. 4-6 turns.

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:43 AM   #5
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Little keg lube on the gasket can help.

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:22 AM   #6
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Teflon tape or any other thread sealant won't work on the garden hose fittings. The seal is made with a washer (gasket) compressed between the fitting flange and the face of the spigot, not at the connector threads. The tape is intended for use on pipe threads, not hose threads. Keg lube on the gasket is worth a try, but replacement washers are super cheap. The first thing to check is to see if the washer is missing from the connector. Sometimes simply tightening up the fitting with a large pair of pliers or Channellocks will get you by until you have time to replace the washers. The washers get brittle and lose their pliability over time and will eventually fail to seal well.

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Old 04-28-2010, 05:11 AM   #7
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Teflon tape or any other thread sealant won't work on the garden hose fittings. The seal is made with a washer (gasket) compressed between the fitting flange and the face of the spigot, not at the connector threads. The tape is intended for use on pipe threads, not hose threads. Keg lube on the gasket is worth a try, but replacement washers are super cheap. The first thing to check is to see if the washer is missing from the connector. Sometimes simply tightening up the fitting with a large pair of pliers or Channellocks will get you by until you have time to replace the washers. The washers get brittle and lose their pliability over time and will eventually fail to seal well.
Brilliant! I agree, address the problem on it's turf not farther down the pipe. Washer's are cheap!
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Hrm... Teflon tape seemed to work for me. Maybe I just tightened it down harder or something.

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Hrm... Teflon tape seemed to work for me. Maybe I just tightened it down harder or something.
...or the teflon tape helped to better seal the gasket. I don't see the harm in doing both.
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...or the teflon tape helped to better seal the gasket. I don't see the harm in doing both.
There would be no harm in doing both, but the tape won't help anything either. As I said above, the seal is not made with the threads, it's made with the washer squeezed between the face of the spigot and the flange face inside the connector. I sometimes see people using the tape on compression or flare fittings. It's the same kind of thing with those. The threads don't do the sealing. I use nylon garden hose fittings throughout my setup, so I'm quite familiar with how to get them to seal properly. There's really not much too them and so long as the gasket isn't worn out or otherwise compromised, they normally are easy to tighten and seal very well.
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