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How Can I Get a Watertight Seal on my Drip System?

This is not an uncommon problem that appears to be chalked up to a design flaw (check out the amazon reviews). Quite honestly, I can't say I'm surprised. The website says no tools are required. Few ...
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How to fix a garden hose faucet valve leak

You need to replace the stem packing. The stem that the knob is affixed to the end of is sealed with a packing nut which has either a packing washer or a quantity of packing material under it. You ...
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How do I connect a nozzle to a hose that doesn't have a threaded connector?

Yes, search for a male garden hose replacement fitting, they are available at most home stores for under $5. They have a barbed fitting that goes into the hose end and a clamp. (On garden hoses and ...
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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

I would use a shut-off ball valve (as opposed to a butterfly) such as the one pictured, turned to the required gpm.
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

Spray some WD-40 and then try to move the balls with a piece of rubber, or with your finger wearing rubber gloves. I've used this technique to free a sensor wheel from a thermal heater clogged with ...
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Hose Reel Problems

Hose reels can and do go bad, though yours sounds somewhat atypical. Usually water sprays everywhere (except out the hose) as the rotating seals fail. Diagnostic one - remove the 2 foot hose from the ...
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Is there a special hose to tap connector that doesn't splash?

Gardena makes hose connectors that have a built-in water stop. I grew up with these in Germany. The orange & grey design is IMHO questionable at best, but they work like a charm. Afaik they are ...
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Soaker hose - repair or replace

Replace it with drip emitter tubing. Soaker hoses suck. They put out more water in the start of the hose than they do at the end, leading to inconsistent watering that can hurt your plants. With drip ...
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How to fix a garden hose faucet valve leak

I recently had a similar problem (different style tap). I believe what you probably need to do is - turn off the water to the tap (ie at the mains) Undo the tap by using a spanner turning ...
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How do I repair a soaker hose?

I bought air tubing at the hardware store that was was big enough to fit fairly snug inside the soaker hose. I cut off a 4 inch piece of the air tubing, covered the outside liberally with silicone ...
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Drinking Water Safe hose reel - what to look for?

It's a miracle so many of us survived childhood. I drank from hoses all the time, and I've lived to tell the story. Even so, it's not a safe practice. As you know, there are several "drinking ...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

Thank you so much for the Silicone spray. This worked on the one of three that I found was 'stuck'. It took less time to fix this at the barn than trying to get the rubber washers in the correct way!...
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Are my hoses safe?

when I first turn it on in order to water my plants and such, the water seems fizzy or foamy for about twenty seconds each time (well, once a day or so). Nothing to get excited about. Dissolved gases ...
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Does a sprinkler or spray nozzle increase the PSI exerted on a garden hose?

I contacted Gilmore, one of the leading sprinkler manufacturers about this question. Here's what they had to say: For optimal use, our sprinklers should be used with a pressure of 40-60 PSI coming ...
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Can I put a one minute delay on my hose so I don't get wet when the sprinkler turns on?

Put a valve at your hydrant, so that you can turn on the hose/sprinkler after walking back to your source. It's the easiest way if you aren't looking for a permanent sprinkler system install.
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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

A twin faucet outlet simplifies things. If you really need to irrigate both trees and sprinkler at same time just add a metafim reducer to the line supplying the trees.ideally a twin faucet with two ...
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Is it normal for drip hose to tear when pulled from compression fitting?

I think you must have got a cheap hose. In my experience, you should be able to pull them apart without trouble. It sounds like you got a hose molded from shredded rubber or something, which explains ...
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Fixing a stainless steel garden hose connector?

The metal part you are holding is the outer non-kinking protective pipe. There should be a flexible rubbery tube inside. I hope it hasn't retreated far down the pipe because it has to go over the barb ...
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Soaker hose - repair or replace

Not sure where you are, but if a soaker hose were left buried for one season here, in the Pacific Northwet, it would be crumbling bits not worth saving. If it has been eight years and you can still ...
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How do I repair a soaker hose?

There are drip irrigation parts that the soaker hose fits into. The one you want is usually called a compression 'coupling'. They should only be $1 each - some are pricey online (sort of boutique drip ...
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Soaker hose - repair or replace

a flat dual stream soaker hose doesn't respond to most of the couplings available for the single stream variety. A possible solution- insert a suitable sized gas line hose ( a poly type that has been ...
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What type of hose connector will fit my kitchen tap?

It look like you have a similar tap to ours but you cannot be sure until you take off the aerator and see what size of thread is used and whether the thread is on the outside of the tap or the inside. ...
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How does a self-cleaning dripping hose work?

By flushing debris as it is detected throughout operation, and not only at the beginning or end of a cycle; this ensures uninterrupted dripper operation. It has a labyrinth structure (Turbonet™) and ...
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Are my hoses safe?

The drink water is not always 100% water with some mineral/salts. It is just safe to drink. Having seen some aqueduct, I can say that there are some lichens, mosses and seaweeds. These are 100% safe, ...
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How far can water travel through garden hose and soaker hose?

The length makes "no" difference it is the elevation that matters. A very long length will reduce maximum flow rate . I use a 100ft hose to sprinkle sometimes and notice no reduced flow . Be sure to ...
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Sleeve for hose tunnel

If you want to put hose inside the "casing" , I would suggest 2" PVC pipe, common , cheap. But you will need to get to the ends so that you can push the hose through with no turns , only very gradual ...
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Does a sprinkler or spray nozzle increase the PSI exerted on a garden hose?

A sprinkler will not increase the pressure in the garden hose above your faucet pressure. However, the advice about the garden hose strength you need covers all applications. There is one application ...
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LDPE Pipe versus hoses for garden irrigation?

If I understand your question correctly, it all comes down to pressure loss, flow, and distance. I'm not familiar with LDPE specifically, but have used PE. While the specific numbers might very a ...
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Looking for a non-kink hose and variable spray nozzle with NO LEAKS

Garden hoses are completely on-topic! Any headache will become a negative link between a human and the garden. Get the length you need, make sure you get the THICKEST and most expensive you are able ...
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Fix leak in Gardena T1030d water timer

I can't be sure from the diagram, but it doesn't look like #7 unscrews... it looks like it just pulls out; I think that you need to remove the pins (#9), and then pull #7 and #10 apart. Again, you ...
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