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Sasha2000 07-12-2008 11:52 AM

Problem With Hose Connections
Whenever I do hose end repair, they always leak. The brass ones are the best I have used with the wormgear clamp, but they still leak. What if I used a sealant when I do the repair? Problem is, I don't know whether I should use Pipe Dope or Plumber's Putty. I have both. Which would be the best choice?

Yoyizit 07-12-2008 03:39 PM

You might try white teflon paste.
With this paste you don't need to tighten the connections so far down that you're afraid you'll strip the threads (like when installing Fluidmasters).

Sasha2000 07-12-2008 05:16 PM

Not really a threaded connection
There are no threaded connections to this situation. I cut off the end of the garden hose and slipped in a cone like repair end and then a wormgear clamp goes over the hose and tightens down. Water still slips by the repair and soaks anything standing nearby (normally me!).

Yoyizit 07-12-2008 05:36 PM

soaks anything standing nearby
Same here for this type of problem, and I tried teflon tape and epoxy.
Buy new coupling?

mstplumber 07-12-2008 10:50 PM

You could try using pipe dope on the brass insert before you put it in the hose. It might also be that the hose you are trying to repair just isn't soft enough or the correct size to work with the repair fittings.

Yoyizit 07-13-2008 08:10 AM

Had to look that one up. . .

"Pipe dope is slang for anaerobic chemical sealant that is used to make a pipe thread joint leak proof and pressure tight. Although common pipe threads are tapered and therefore will achieve an interference fit during proper assembly, machining and finishing variances usually result in a fit that does not result in 100 percent contact between the mating components. The application of pipe dope prior to assembly will fill the minute voids between the threads, thus making the joint pressure tight."

Does it stay flexible after it cures?

majakdragon 07-13-2008 10:45 AM

I think you are buying the wrong size repair kit. If you use a 1/2" kit for a 5/8" hose, it will leak. Could be that the hose is one made of a hard material (plastic) that does not allow the clamp to fully compress to hold water in the hose. I have repaired many hoses over the years and have had no problems (except for a cheap plastic hose) and never used anything but the kit and clamps. If you are using a screwdriver on the clamp, try a socket and ratchet for more tightening power.

Sasha2000 07-13-2008 10:59 AM

Majakdragon, that's it! I do not have much tensile strength and I was using a screwdriver. Will try socket. Thanks people. Am using good quality hoses (which is why I am even bothering with repair). They are still nice and pliable. I only use 5/8" hoses and am using the correct size repair parts. I will add the proper tool and the pipe dope into the mix and that should do the trick. I'll let you know how it works out.

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