We’ve all been there…you need to remove your garden hose and move it to a different spigot. But it’s stuck. And nothing you’ve tried – from brute force to store-bought lubricants to home remedies — has worked.
The truth is this. There’s a reason most of these “solutions” don’t work on the worst cases. I’m going to tell you why, and then provide the only reliable, sure-fire way to remove a stuck garden hose.
Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- Why Did My Hose Get Stuck?
- Here’s What You Need to Get Started
- How to Remove a Stuck Garden Hose
- How to Replace a Garden Hose Connector
- How to Prevent Hose from Getting Stuck
- Final Thoughts
- Call 1-Tom-Plumber
Why Did My Hose Get Stuck?
You’d be surprised at how often garden hoses get stuck on outdoor faucets. And the most common reason is simple.
Manufacturer’s often use aluminum for their garden hose connector. This is the part that gets threaded onto the outdoor faucet’s hose bib.
Why do they use aluminum? Because it’s cheaper to produce and provides a higher profit margin. It’s not a quality solution for the customer.
But here’s the biggest downside.
Aluminum fuses to brass (your spigot’s material). It actually fuses. This process happens more quickly when water is involved. So, a garden hose with an aluminum fitting and a spigot made from brass are a really bad combination.
Here’s What You Need to Get Started
This job, once you have all your tools and materials in place, will take about 30 minutes. A lot will depend on the amount of time it takes you to cut through the hose connection.
- Pair of gardening or utility gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges
- Hacksaw (you might need a mini hacksaw to maneuver in tight spaces)
- Teflon tape (also called plumber’s tape)
- Flathead screwdriver
- Tongue-and-groove pliers (also called channel locks)
- Utility knife or scissors
- We recommend this style of hose connector clamp with female connection (made from brass or plastic).
How to Remove a Stuck Garden Hose
Now that you have all your tools and the new brass fitting, let’s walk through the steps of removing a stuck garden hose:
1. Cut garden hose connector at angle
The first step is the scariest and hardest. But trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds.
Use your hacksaw (a size that best fits the tight space you’ll be working in) to cut into the garden hose connector (the fitting that attaches to the spigot). It’s important to cut it at a 45-degree angle.
Important: Check your cut constantly. You don’t want to cut so deep that it slices the threaded pipe underneath the hose connector. If you cut into the threads on the spigot’s hose bib, you might need to replace the entire outdoor faucet, which is a much bigger job.
2. Pry open the cut with a screwdriver
You’ll want to put on your gloves for this part.
Place a flathead screwdriver into the cut that you made. Use it to pry open a good portion of the garden hose connector. Be careful, prying open a piece of the connector can create sharp edges. Wear your gloves!
3. Unscrew garden hose with pliers
With your pliers, unscrew (clockwise) the hose connector from the faucet. It now should be loose enough that, with a little muscle, you can remove the garden hose.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as needed
If you’re still having trouble, it’s probably because the cut in the connector needs to be pried open even further. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’re able to remove the hose.
Once this step has been completed, you’ll be left with a removed — but defective — garden hose. The next set of instructions will remedy this problem.
How to Replace a Garden Hose Connector
Now the fun part begins. You’ve removed the fused-on garden hose. It’s time to repair the garden hose by removing the old connector (that you’ve cut through) and replacing it with a new one.
1. Cut off the old connector
2. Add the new hose connector
3. Wrap Teflon tape around threads
4. Screw new hose connector onto spigot
How to Prevent Hose from Getting Stuck
Here are three ways to prevent your garden hose from getting stuck:
- It it’s aluminum, remove it often. If your garden hose has aluminum fittings, make sure to remove it from your outdoor faucet at least 3-4 times during the season. And never leave it on in cold months or through the winter.
- Only use garden hoses with brass fittings. Want to really solve the problem? Never use a garden hose with aluminum fittings. It will eventually create corrosion and fuse with your brass spigot. Remove the problem entirely by buying a garden hose with brass fittings.
- Coat threads with silicone grease. Whether your garden hose has aluminum or brass fittings, a good preventative measure is to coat the outside threads of the spigot’s hose bib and the inside threads of the hose fitting with plumber’s silicone grease.
Removing a garden hose that’s fused or stuck onto an outdoor faucet is a two-part process.
You’ll first need to remove the garden hose. You’ll then need to replace that hose connector on the garden hose. Yet, despite the number of steps involved, this is actually a simple project that any do-it-yourselfer can handle.
The biggest danger to watch out for is hacksawing so far into the old connector that you cut into the spigot’s threads. If that happens, you’ll need to watch this video.
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