By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Someone who shall remain nameless backed the car over the garden hose squishing the end fitting so it was almost pancake flat and not very useful. Since the thought of throwing out a perfectly good hose is against our frugal mentality it was an easy fix to whack off the damaged fitting and replace it with a new one.
This is a no brainer do-it-yourself job because little talent and few tools are required, plus it’s such an easy repair you’d be hard pressed to find someone to do it. First cut off the damaged fitting with a utility knife and take it to the lawn and garden section of a hardware store or home center to find an exact replacement. Hoses come in three basic diameters: ½-inch, 5/8-inch and ¾-inch so measure the inside of the fitting to confirm the size. The fitting has two parts, a collar and a threaded coupling. Slide the collar over the hose and then push the threaded coupling on the end of the hose holding it while you slide the collar over it and screw it to the threaded coupling. Use a pair of adjustable pliers to tighten it.
To replace a damaged hose fitting with a new one made of brass a handyman will charge $45, but you can buy the fitting for $6 and do it yourself and save 87 percent.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to repair a garden hose lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.