garden hose leakDoes your garden hose leak at the faucet when you turn on the water? If you are like most of us, then yes it does. There are several possible culprits, so let’s start with the easy ones and move on.

Unscrew the hose from the faucet and look to see if the washer is still in place. Without this hose washer, water will spray all over the place (it may still spray all over the place but at least not as much). Check the condition of the washer. Is it still squashed or twisted? If so, then replace it.

Look also at the threads of the hose connection. These get stepped on and run over by vehicles. If the hose threads won’t easily thread onto the hose faucet, you will have a leak. It may be that the connection is out-of-round. If so, you can buy a kit that allows you cut it off and install a new one. It is a matter of screwing a collar onto the bare hose which has threads connected to it.

Finally, check the hose bib (faucet) itself. Make sure the water leak isn’t coming from there and leaking down the hose to give the appearance that it’s the hose, when in reality it is not. You might be able to tighten the nut below the handle or just replace the faucet itself.