How to Attach a Garden Hose to a Kitchen Faucet

Filling a large bucket with water from your sink can be problematic: if it fits in the sink at all, it’s going to become very heavy once it’s filled. You could use the hose outside, but all you get with that is cold water. You could fill it in the bathtub, but you still have to haul it out of the tub. But there’s an easy solution: simply attach your garden hose to the kitchen faucet, fill it up! With just a couple twists and turns, it’s easy and fast to do. We’ll show you how to do it safely!

Attaching the Hose

1. Get a faucet adapter. 

This is a small adapter that screws onto the faucet and converts the end of the faucet into a male garden hose fitting.

2. Unscrew the faucet tip. 

Take care not to drop pieces that are contained within the tip. A good idea is to put a towel in the sink to catch anything you may drop; the towel will prevent things from going down the drain.

3. Screw on the new faucet adapter. 

Make sure that it forms a good seal with the faucet, but there is no need to use tools to tighten it.

If a vacuum breaker is not integrated into your plumbing system, screw a hose-type vacuum breaker on the hose threads before you connect the garden hose. Hose-type vacuum breakers are available at hardware stores. This prevents a siphon from developing and drawing chemicals or waste into the drinking water supply if the hose gets accidentally left in (submerged in) a container with cleaning chemicals or contaminated, un-potable water.

4. Make sure the hose gasket is in place. 

The garden hose has a rubber or vinyl gasket in it to prevents leaks. Make sure that the gasket is in the hose before attaching the hose to the faucet, or you will have a soggy mess on your hands.

5. Screw on the hose. 

The hose screws onto the faucet adapter. Make sure it is screwed on tightly enough so that it forms a watertight seal.

Re-attaching The Faucet Tip

1. Replace the faucet tip after using the hose. 

Remove the hose and faucet adapter, then screw the faucet tip back on relatively tightly so that it forms a good seal.

Check for leaks. The faucet may leak from the replaced faucet tip if the seal is not as good as it originally was.

2. Add Teflon tape to the faucet. 

To prevent or stop leaks from the faucet tip, first remove the faucet tip, then apply two or three turns of Teflon tape clockwise to the threaded area of the faucet.

Pull the tape tightly around the threaded area of the faucet, being careful not to let extra tape overhang the area where the water exits the faucet, as it may impede the flow of the water.

3. Screw the faucet tip on over the Teflon tape. 

Excess tape may be visible, but this is not a problem.

4. Trim any overhang. 

Cut the excess tape gently with a knife, and peel away the scraps.

5. Enjoy the leak-free faucet.


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