I asked here a few weeks ago about repairing a hole in a soaker hose, and finally got around to doing it this weekend.
The initial repair went fine: I spliced in a section of regular hose and it is working great. However, when I turned the water on to test, I found a second hole. :( This one is—so far—resisting my efforts to repair it despite using the same method and parts. I'm getting leaks galore.
These hoses were put in by a landscaper about eight years ago. They were totally buried originally, but some areas have worked their way to the surface. Others are still buried and held down by roots that have grown over them. We've had a puppy for the last year who has dug up the hose in a few spots and probably made both of the holes. They look suspiciously like tooth marks - he probably bit the hose in such a way that one of his canine teeth lined up with a hole that was already there.
My question is, should I keep trying to fix it, or is this hose at the end of its life anyway? It looks fine, and I would have to cut through a lot of roots to get it out, so I would rather not. But I also don't want to keep messing with this if the hose is about to give up the ghost.