Brass Twist Nozzle
When choosing a hose attachment there are many options available. The best nozzle depends greatly on your intended use. One of the more popular, and versatile, options is a basic brass twist nozzle. A brass twist nozzle is common type of nozzle used on a wide variety of hoses. From the most common garden hose used for water and grandma’s flowers to a pressure washer designed to remove dirt and grime from concrete and other surfaces. A brass twist nozzle has been a favorite nozzle choice for many decades. This is because brass is a very corrosion resistant and cost effective metal. These properties make brass a perfect choice due to the fact that it is resistant to corrosion and cheap, along with its ability to stand great amounts of pressure. Brass is a perfect material to build a high pressure hose attachment from. The twisting nozzle is designed to provide the user with a wide variety of spraying options from a solid stream, used for heavy duty cleaning, to a wide fan shaped spray for delicate operations, such as watering flowers.
Most brass tip nozzles come with rubber O ring seals and the ability to turn the nozzle to adjust the water pressure and spread. In the tightest configuration a brass tip nozzle can produce a stream of water that is perfect for difficult outdoor cleaning jobs, while in the loosest configuration the brass tip nozzle can spray a gentle mist for delicate plants.
The strength, durability and economical nature of brass twist nozzles make them the preferred pressure nozzle for your everyday hose. It should be noted that, while brass tends to be rust resistant, t it has a tendency to oxidize when exposed to the elements. This process of oxidization will result in the build up of a greenish patina. Thankfully, this can be cleaned with ease with a liberal application of brass cleaner. If brass cleaner is not available you can use an old ‘household’ brass cleaner you likely already have. The vinegar and acid from tomato ketchup are excellent for restoring aged brass to invite new shine.
If properly cared for the brass on your twist nozzle will last for many seasons of gardening, window cleaning or pressure washing. Unlike stainless steel or plastic twists and nozzles brass will not rust or crack overtime. In fact, the brass is usually never the reason a nozzle wears out. The most common cause of replacement will be the seals between the nozzle and hose itself wearing out. This will cause the hose to leak at the base of the nozzle. Replacing the seals with small rubber O rings can will usually result in the nozzle returning to peak performance. Locations with hard water should also be aware, as hard water deposits can impact the rubber seals and lead to quicker wear.
Brass twist nozzles are a solid and economical option for home and industrial use. While they may not offer the wide variety of spray options that other nozzle types might provide, they do offer wide diversity from jet stream to fan and they are unmatched in terms of durability and price.