A hose spigot adapter is designed to be used with garden hoses. These are hoses used by homeowners who like to play in dirt, keep their yards tidy or manicure their landscaping. Hose spigot adapter comes into the picture as an outdoor spigot connects a hose or even a water feature to the home water supply. With a spigot, you do not have to run line from tap or sink to main water pipe.
Over time, a garden hose spigots might begin leaking, get damaged or become corroded. Such a spigot needs immediate replacement. Replacing a damaged or leaking spigot prevents any further damage to spigot, spigot adapter and surrounding wall. In the long run, it saves your money because it stops wasteful leak.
Hose spigot connections
For a spigot adapter to be used there has to be a connection between hose and spigot. Spigot and hose are connected by fittings that are usually made of plastic or brass.
Octagon female fittings are popular than the standard round fittings because they are easy to maneuver. Brass fittings hold threads fort a longer time. They are also more durable. The strong point of plastic fittings is that they are economical.
Garden hose couplings
Garden hose couplings are end pieces attaching to spigots, nozzles and sprinklers. Hoses that are less expensive usually have plastic couplings. These couplings should be avoided because they are more prone to cracks, breakage or leaks. They cannot be tightened in the proper way no matter the quality of hose spigot adapter. Plastic is a fragile material that breaks down fast especially if it is left in the sun for long.
Metal couplings: These are cast or stamped couplings usually made of brass though most of them are chrome plated.
When you want to connect spigot to hose, you can identify the cast brass because it is thicker than ordinary sheet metal. It is also distinct because of its octagonal shape to allow its turning with a wrench. Couplings that are made from cast brass are leak resistant and last longer. Thin stamped metal fittings are hard to tighten at spigot. They also bend easily getting damaged easily if a person steps on them or run over with a car or lawnmower. They also break down with time.
How to enhance spigot-hose connection
For the spigot adapter to work well, the hose and spigot must be well connected. Many hoses are sold with washer inserted into coupling. Most of the time, it is made of thin plastic that breaks down quickly. It is recommendable to use high quality rubber washer at connection point between spigot or nozzle and hose fitting. It helps to prevent leaks.
Quality hoses usually have rubber or plastic collar that extends for 4-6 inches up a hose from a coupling. It reduces odds of split or kink near spigot as these are very common.