*GARDEN HOSE

GARDEN HOSE.

Someone who shall remain nameless backed the car over the garden hose, squishing the end fitting, so it was almost pancake flat and not usable. Since the thought of throwing out a perfectly good hose is against our frugal mentality, it was an easy fix to whack off the damaged fitting and replace it with a new one.

This is a no brainer do-it-yourself job, because little talent and few tools are required; plus, it's such an easy repair, you'd be hard pressed to find someone to do it.

First, cut off the damaged fitting with a utility knife and take it to the lawn and garden section of a hardware store or home center to find an exact replacement. Hoses come in three basic diameters: 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch. So measure the inside of the fitting to confirm the size.

The fitting has two parts, a collar and a threaded coupling. Slide the collar over the hose, push the threaded coupling on the end of the hose, holding it while you slide the collar over it, and screw it to the threaded coupling. Use a pair of adjustable pliers to tighten it.

To replace a damaged hose fitting with a new one made of brass, a handyman will charge $45. You can buy the fitting for $6, do it yourself and save 87 percent.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$45 -- $6 -- 0.3 -- 0.6 -- $39 -- 87 Percent