How to Repair a Garden Hose & Fix a Leaky Hose?

What’s the best way to repair a garden hose? If your broken hose is relatively pricey, you’d rather have it repaired than replaced. We do agree with this approach as it is going to save you lots of $$$.

Along with the smart fixes we have assembled in this post, you will also like the tips we have sprinkled throughout the various sections.

Also, check out the video tutorials included in the fixes presented below. All the videos show that garden hose fixes can be finished within a few minutes. Just be ready with the required materials and tools.

Here is how you can DIY repair your broken garden hose.

How To Repair A Garden Hose – 4 Fast & Economical Fixes

Find your particular issue below and follow the indicated steps:

#1 How To Fix A Hole In A Hose?

How To Fix A Hole In A Hose

Before fixing the leak, cut the water supply to the hose. Repairing a leak on a hose can be done in 3 minutes or less for less than $1.

Tools and Materials:

  • A Pair of Scissors
  • A Hose Clamp
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Electrical Grade Tape or Rescue Tape


Do these steps:

  • Step 1 – Turn the water supply off and dry the hose with a clean rag. Mark the punctured part using a marker. Completely clean and dry around that area to make sure that the tape adheres to that part later.
  • Step 2 – Remove all the water from the hose.
  • Step 3 – Wrap the tape around the area as tightly as you can to create a tight seal. Take care not to seal too tightly as it might cause the hose to crease and water supply to be impeded.
  • Step 4 – Use the hose clamp to fasten and compress the adhesive. Keeping pressure applied at all times in that area prevents the same issue from happening again.
  • Step 5 – Connect the hose back to the spigot. Turn the water on to test.

This is a quick and cheap fix. Check this video tutorial showing the simple and easy-to-do steps for repairing a small hole on your garden hose.

#2 How To Repair A Garden Hose End (Includes Male End)

How To Repair A Garden Hose End

If the only issue with the hose is a worn-out or broken end fitting, you can replace the damaged end with a new fitting. Make sure you get the type and size of fitting you need.

You can buy a fitting kit from Amazon for under $10, and do the entire repair procedure for less than 5 minutes.

Tools and Materials:

  • A Pair of Scissors
  • Hose Clamp
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Hose Repair Kit (for Male End or Female End)


This also involves a few quick steps and is applicable for both male and female ends:

  • Step 1 – Cut the damaged end off with scissors or a knife. Pruning shears can also be used to cut. Do not leave any ragged edges.
  • Step 2 – Bring the damaged end to a hardware store. They will show you options with the same size that fits perfectly into your hose.
  • Step 3 – Purchase the appropriate kit that matches the material of your hose – either vinyl or rubber.
  • Step 4 – Soak the cut end in hot water for about 5 minutes to soften that section of the hose. Insert the narrow threaded end of the new end into the cut end. Push the new end as far as it can go inside.
  • Step 5 – Use the screwdriver to tighten connection between the new fitting and the hose.
  • Step 6 – Turn on the water to test.

Here’s a video tutorial for a visual presentation.

#3 How To Fix Leaking Garden Hose Connector?

How To Fix Leaking Garden Hose Connector

Whether you are trying to fix a garden hose or join two hoses together, a hose connector will keep the connection solid and leak-free.

Garden hose connector fittings are typically made of plastic or brass. The entire job can be done in as little as 5 minutes and the cost ranges from $10 – $ 15 depending on the coupling kit’s brand, material, size, etc.

Tools and Materials:

  • A Pair of Scissors
  • Hose Repair Kit (Hose Connector)
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Hose Clamp
  • Torch for Softening (or Hot Water)


Fix the leaking connection with the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Remove the old connector and bring it to the hardware for replacement. Purchase a new connector hose kit with the right size and fitting. Ask the shop owner to help you pick the right unit and model.
  • Step 2 – If connecting two hoses together, soften the ends of the hoses that will be connected. Use hot water or soften the ends using the torch.
  • Step 3 – Insert the ends into the connector. If you are just repairing a leaking connection on only one garden hose, insert the threaded end of the connector into the end of the hose.
  • Step 4 – Tighten the new connection using the clamp. Using the screwdriver, turn the screw on the clamp for a secure grip.
  • Step 5 – Test the new connection by turning on the water.

Here’s a video tutorial for this particular garden hose damage.

#4 How To Repair A Garden Hose With Duct Tape?

How To Repair A Garden Hose With Duct Tape

A garden hose leak can also be repaired using duct tape, a process that will not cost you more than $2, since only a small portion of the entire roll of the duct tape will be used. The repair can be done in less than 3 minutes.

Tools and Materials:

  • Duct Tape


This is a very short task to accomplish:

  • Step 1 – Clean and dry the hose at the leak point. Do not leave any debris or dust on the surface.
  • Step 2 – Wind the duct tape in a spiral pattern around the surface, extending at least six inches on both sides of the hole. Apply three layers of winding on the leak point.
  • Step 3 – Turn on water to test. If water still drips through, put additional tape layers and test again.

Duct tape is not designed for watertight repairs. The repair will only temporarily stop the leak, and as moisture loosens the grip of the tape, it will eventually peel off and the leaking will start again. Still the best way to repair hose leaks is to buy a hose repair kit and follow the indicated steps.

Here’s a video for duct tape garden hose wrap job.

Tips and Tricks:

  • First, it is recommended that people buy a good quality hose that is made of rubber rather than vinyl. A good quality rubber hose will remain flexible in cold weather and has a lengthy life compared to a vinyl hose. However, expect a rubber hose to be more expensive, costing 25% – 100% more than its vinyl counterpart.
  • You have options for connectors – plastic or metal connectors. If you got the plastic type, you have a smooth clamp that will not cut your hands. On the other hand, the metal type comes with sharp edges, but it is good for a stationary position on the section that you will mend.
  • There are heavy-duty options for connectors, fittings and ends but these ones are heavy and can be dangerous when washing your car or windows. They have nice, smooth surfaces and can last a longer time. The only problem is they are too heavy.

The Final Verdict

There are particular ways to fix your garden hose, depending on the issue it has, and you can always do a quick DIY for the job to save you money and time. Make sure however that the fitting you are going to buy is easy to get into the hose and will make a good connection.

Go over the videos provided in this post and then head to the nearest hardware store.  If you have any questions, put them below. We will try to answer them ASAP.

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