Country Lore: Great Hose Washer

If standard hose washers (gaskets) seem unreliable or too short-lived, try using a Buna-N O-ring.
By Rouville LaBonte
August/September 2009
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Garden hose leaking? Try using a Buna-N O-ring as a hose washer.
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I’ve been disappointed with garden hose washers (rubber gaskets). They don’t seem to seal well or last very long. I tried a Buna-N O-ring, from an auto parts store. It works well if I don’t over-tighten the hose.

I think the more flexible O-ring material creates a better seal, and the material seems to last longer. I haven’t replaced an O-ring in seven years.

Rouville LaBonte
Portales, New Mexico








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