And the Award for Best Garden Hose Goes to . . .: Hose Ys and Tees without screw fittings

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By Boopaints
May 15, 2012

After spending too much money on a multitude of hoses that I disliked, I finally stumbled upon the answer to the perfect garden hose.

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
May 14, 2012 6:13 PM CST
Does anyone know of a good (or cheap but adequate) brand or source of garden hose "Y" fittings or "Tee" fittings? With or without valves, but hopefully just plain tube-fittings, not screw-on adapters for tthe "end" of a hose.

I wnat to insert a permanent brancch in a hose line.Once I patch them into the hose, they can stay there for years.

I have one super-long hose that was wikth the house when I bought it, but I would likke to cut it in to three lemngths and pujt a Y or T at each junction. The only hose spigot in back is hard to reach, and I would like to leave it open all the time, and run a 15-20' length of hose to where I WISH the spigot had been. And then run a branching hose line from there.

I coluld cut a patch regular screw-fittings, then add Tees and valves, but I wish I could find cheaper and simpler fittings: instead of screw-fittings, just a tube that I could push into the hose and secure with something like a hose-clamp.

Normal screw fittings always seem to leak for me, and it just seems loike over-kill to install a male plus a female screw fitting, PLUS a Tee, with another pair of screw fittings on the other leg of the Tee, when all I want is a three-way with ridges, that would let me "branch" a hose.

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GordonHawk
May 14, 2012 9:29 PM CST
Rick.. for all my tubing needs I get over to drip works.. thet have the barbed t's.. they say are 5/8" only .60 or so
woops.. here's the link
http://www.dripworks.com/category/barbed
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Boopaints
May 15, 2012 11:22 AM CST
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
May 15, 2012 7:49 PM CST
Hurray!

AWESOME! Exactly what I had hoped for! THANK YOU!!

Amazing that their metal, lifetime, solid fixtures cost 1/4 of what HD charges for fall-apart-this-year plastic junk!

At those prices, I can set out a lot of soaker hoses I've been buying when on sale, plus have "outlets" right where I want them. Maybe set up some super-cheap sprinklers hither and yon!

I'll keep my eyes open for worn-out cut-up hoses in Habitat for Humanities Restore ... might make my olwn crude drip-and-spray system from 1/2 garden hoses!

Hmmm ... that link has 30-50 cent sprayers! I think I';m about go totally Bonkers. You've just unleashed The Corey Corps of Engineers!

(I kind of thought that "barbed" might be the right word, but then I thought "that can't be right, they have no barb!)

I guess I'll cut that hose and measure the inside first ... is it pretty universal that "cheap skinny hoses" are all 1/2" ID, and all "good big" hoses are 5/8"?

Or are there 1/23", 5/8" and 3/4"?
Or, sigh ... metric?

P.S. A plastic spray head fell apart, a used one from Goodwill was DOA, and I was dumb enough to let a nice aluminium wnatering wand (I"breaker head" freeze and now it's an omni-directional sprayer right where it screws into the hose.

So I tried experimenting with a screw-on Y fixture I already had, that had two ball valves. Y'know, by nudging that ball valve partly closed, I can get a REALLY heavy stream that becomes a heavy spray after (I don't know) 30-50 feet of travel. Or close it most of the way and get a medium-heavy spray ... that doesn't knock plants over if I stay 10-15 feet away. And it sure throws water FAST!
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Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
May 15, 2012 9:38 PM CST
WELL GOOD... GLAD it seems to be helpful... I did my first drip system with them some 10 years ago.. lots of their sprayers are still working... you do need a filter on the line to help with the finer spray/drip fittings.. or be prepared to watch for their clogging.. and spend the time to clear them.. o r that area will become underwatered..
I've got to get my system up again this year... it's been changed so much over time... and nearby construction crews have been less than polite where I've been close to their work areas..

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