Garden Hose Connectors
A garden hose connector is an accessory that can be installed at either end of a garden hose. It is simply the connection between the water source (usually a faucet), the garden hose, the nozzle, or other hoses. Most connectors are usually equipped with a screw and clamp to allow the users to secure them into place on the garden hose.
Garden hose connectors are often categorized as either male or female. The female connector may be identified as the one that is bigger than the water spigot. The male connectors are usually inserted into the female garden hose connector. Small plastic or rubber seals are usually used in the female ends to avoid leakage. At times, these seals may fall out of older garden hoses resulting in forceful leakage spraying from the garden hose, but this can easily be fixed by replacing the gasket.
There are various kinds of garden hose connectors, based on the design and application. The most familiar type is the one used to connect a single garden hose to another hose or to a faucet. There is also the four-way or dual connector which can connect two or four garden hoses to another separate fitting. Under most circumstances, the design of a garden hose connector facilitates a secure seal with hand tightening only.
Normally, garden hose connectors are made from brass, stainless steel, aluminum, or plastic. Plastic connectors are often not as durable as their brass counterparts, although they are more affordable. They are also more likely to break as a result of sharp impacts or severe weather. Brass connectors on the other hand are heavier than plastic hose connectors and are also more durable over time. They are also hard to tighten and loosen compared to the plastic connectors.
Garden hose connector sizes are usually available based on the American standard pipe size. The thread standard for garden hoses is known as GHT and corresponds to the size of the hose or faucet. The standard thread has an outer diameter of 11/16 inches and a pitch of 11.5 threads per inch. Internationally however, the more common BSP standard is used, which is usually ¾ inches and 14 threads per inch.
Most garden hose connector models can be twisted on and off the hose by twisting either the hose itself, or the connector. Some units also feature an easy-twist mechanism, which makes use of a swivel nut to attach or detach the garden hose. Instead of twisting the entire connector, one can simply twist the swivel nut to prevent kinks in the garden hose.
Each end of a garden hoses can easily mate with another, which makes it possible to increase their length by linking multiple garden hoses end-to-end. Usually the garden hose has a captive nut which perfectly fits the threads. Additionally, some connector models feature built-in valves that are used to turn the water on or off, and also kink guards to prevent damage to the hose. Others come in sets that contain a number of different units to suit different applications.