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Apr 7, 2020 2:33 PM CST

I'm trying to build a raised-bed garden and have already run 1/2" poly tubing to each bed. I'm also trying to use the soaker hose I already had on hand as much as possible. The soaker hose is 3/8", and I need to connect it to the poly tubing. The place where I bought the tubing sells adapters like these:
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, but they were apparently meant for poly tubing, not soaker hoses with their thicker walls, which don't fit. The soaker hose, meanwhile, came with fittings such as these:
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How do I go about connecting the two kinds of tubing? Is such a thing even done, and if so, is there an adapter for this, or what's the easiest way to do it? Thanks for any advice on this.
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Apr 7, 2020 7:04 PM CST
Name: Steve
Port Orchard, WA (Zone 8b)
My guess is that the "1/2" poly tubing" is the same tubing used in low flow garden watering systems. I connect my PVC watering system to both a low flow 1/2" system and a soaker hose like your pic. To connect to a 1/2" low flow tubing, use a fitting with one barbed end for 1/2" tubing and the other end a 1/2" female threaded connector. Then connect a 1/2" male threaded end and a 1/2" slip end connector; connect a 1/2" PVC pipe; finally connect a 1/2" inch slip end and a 3/4" threaded male connector. The soaker hose screws into the 3/4" threaded fitting. All parts are available at most hardware/ACE/Lowes/Home Depot.
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Apr 9, 2020 8:43 AM CST

I just discovered that my 3/8" (?) soaker hose fits almost perfectly snugly inside my 1/2" poly tube, so maybe the solution lies somewhere that way. I wonder, though, how to ensure that all of the water finds its way into the soaker hose, and doesn't leak.
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Nov 17, 2020 4:01 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
You might try using a hose clamp to secure the connection.
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Aug 12, 2021 1:31 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
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Old thread...new Tik Tock video solution. Heat up the end of a threaded hose or whatever with a touch (be careful!) Twist in place the PVC over/inside the end to meet against the metal and create threaded ends
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