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Full Guide On Garden Hose Fitting

When you have a garden, you will definitely understand the struggle of using a garden hose sometimes. All the more reasons why this full guide on garden hose fitting is going to be beneficial for you. It is inevitable to use a spray gun or sprinkle along with a garden hose. And that is when you will need fittings to attach all the different equipment with your garden hose. Let’s find out more about garden hose fittings below, and things will be so much easier for you.

What Is A Garden Hose Thread?

A garden hose thread refers to the lines on the garden hose fittings that allow the hose to fit the tap. The lines could be inside or outside the edges of the taps, and it works the same with external equipment. A garden hose thread’s job is to allow you to connect the garden hose and indoor or outdoor tap together. Things work the same when it comes to attaching coiled hoses, pressure washers, spray nozzles, or sprinklers. There are many different garden hose thread size options available.

What Is Garden Hose Thread Size?

The thing to know is that the measurement and thread size of garden hose fittings are not based on the external or internal diameter. When it comes to the garden hose thread size, there will be two designations that you want to have in mind. We are going to divide the fittings into two different categories:

The UK & The Rest Of The World

  • For the UK and the rest of the world, the threads go by the term BSP (British Standard Pipe Thread). There are two versions of BSP: BSPP (British Standard Pipe Parallel) and BSPT (British Standard Pipe Tapered).
  • You will use BSPP aka “G” for garden hoses, and most garden taps have a ¾-inch BSP thread. The taps on factories, farms, in horticulture, and fittings for garden irrigation pumps often have a 1-inch or 7/8-inch BPS outlet. As for domestic plumping fittings, they vary in diameter but they also have BSP threads.

The United States & Its Territories, Canada

  • In the US territories and Canada, the standard thread used for garden hoses is known as Garden Hose Thread (GHT). However, the official title that you will see is NH (National Hose), defined in ANSI B1.20.7. So NH is for full-form threads cut into thicker material used for bibcocks and female hose ends. Another designation is NHR, and it is for thin-walled couplers on hoses formed from rolled and thin material. The abbreviation to remember is MHT (Male Hose Thread) and FHT (Female Hose Thread).
  • These types of threads are non-tapered so they don’t seal without PTFE tape. What you want to do is to use rubber washers or O-rings in the fittings to stop them from leaking.
  • The fittings have an external thread with a diameter of 1 1/16 inches and a thread pitch of 11.5 TPI (Threads Per Inch). So a ¾-inch GHT fitting is suitable for hoses that have an internal diameter of ½, 5/8, or ¾ inches.
  • Remember that GHT is not compatible with NPT (National Pipe Tapered) as used for plumbing fittings. You can use NPT on the section of a bibcock that connects to the plumbing that feeds it.

Standard Garden Hose Fitting Sizes

The standard garden hose fitting sizes that you will often see come in two different sizes: ¾ or 5/8 inch. These two size options are according to the inside diameter of the hose. Another thing that you want to have in mind is that garden hose fitting sizes vary accordingly. The most popular size is ¾ inch or 11.5 NH, and it is also ideal for commercial purposes as well.

Garden Hose Fitting Types

After knowing about the standard garden hose fitting sizes, you will also have to know about the hose fitting types. This is to ensure that you use the right garden hose fitting types that properly serve their purposes. Below are some of the most common garden hose fitting types that you should see.

Double Male Connectors

Just like the name suggests, double male connectors come with two male thread ends. What they do is join two hoses with male thread ends together. The thing that you have to know about this type is that it remains temporary. That way, you are able to separate and put them back together whenever you want to.

Faucet Connector

As for this one, it is the type of fitting that you will use to connect to your garden faucet. It has fittings on both ends for connecting sink faucets to water lines. You need to directly attach it to a faucet threaded inlet or water line.

Hose Connector

If you want to join two hoses together permanently, then you will need a hose connector or hose repairer. You will need it to connect an end of a hose with another hose or with a tap. Its job is to connect two hoses together tightly to prevent leakage. At the same time, it also preserves the water pressure to avoid bursting or any other accidents. Usually, hose connectors are made from aluminum, brass, plastic, stainless steel, or steel.

Quick-Release Fittings

You are looking at the modern version of garden hose fittings that make things so much better and more convenient. The great thing is that they do not require you to force them to fit with the hose at all. It is better because the regular garden hose fittings could be more difficult to connect.

Water Stop Hose Connector

As for this one, you will use it to fit at the edge of the hose that you will connect to a spray gun or sprinkler. More than that, it also allows a comfortable and fast connection of the accessory end of the hose as well. That way, it can stop the water flow automatically when you need to connect or disconnect a nozzle or a sprinkler.

3-Way Connectors

There will be times that you will need to use the 3-way connectors. Normally, it is when you want to direct the water from one source to different hoses. Simply put, it allows you to use two hoses from one source of water with ease. So in case you want one to be a pressure washer and another to be a sprinkler, this is the connector to go for.

How To Measure The Size Of A Garden Hose Fitting & Tap

Things are rather simple when it comes to measuring the size of a hose fitting. What you need are matching connectors that you can measure the external and internal diameters by using a tape measure. Lay the tape measure on the connector’s mouth and measure it from the inside top to the bottom. Some even use a ruler or vernier calipers, and you will get the size of the fittings. Once again, the inside diameter is for female threads while the outside diameter is for male threads.

Garden Hose Maintenance Tips

Apart from knowing about the standard garden hose fitting size and how to use them, maintenance is also crucial. It is normal for garden hoses to get dirty from time to time, but there are caring methods. This is why you want to know how to properly clean the hoses to preserve their performance and quality.

When cleaning the garden hose, mix a few drops of bleach with water in a container. Soak your garden hose for at least 10 minutes so that the dirt would come out. Then use clean water to rinse the exterior and use running water to rinse the interior of the hose. Make sure to properly rinse all the bleach from the hose, especially the inside. You don’t want the substance to harm your plants when you water them next time.

As for the time when you don’t use your garden hose, store it properly. You should have a container with a lid where you can safely keep it. This is to prevent outdoor conditions and elements from affecting the quality and durability of the hose. Even if most garden hoses are durable, you don’t want the remaining water to freeze inside the hose when winter comes. Things are the same on hot summer days, damage could be from every angle if you are not careful. There are many great garden hose container options that you can buy, don’t forget to get one.

Final Words

Now you know about the different garden hose thread sizes as well as how to measure the hose size. Everything I described above is easy and simple tasks that you can conveniently do by yourself. Since hose sizes are also available in different options and ranges, finding the right choices will be easy for you. Don’t forget to ask if you have questions, I am always here to help you out.

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