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Python connector fix


KrazE

As I posted the other day, a connector on my python broke, and short of having to buy a whole new one, or pay some sort of premium price if I could even find the piece, I hit Home Depot to look at connectors.

First of all, here is the piece that broke for me shown by the arrow:

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And the piece when removed looks like this:

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What snapped is the nut at the bottom of the second picture that attaches the connector to the longest section of hose. So what I replaced that whole piece with was a garden hose adapter; it's a 1/2 In. Female Aluminum Pro Mend W/clmp found here http://www.homedepot...-w-clmp/972703:

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It cost $4.29 (Cdn) and fits perfectly; the python works as it should, and there are no leaks or issues when using the little shut off valve on the hose.

Hope this helps anyone else who may have to do their own repair!

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Just to give a view of the issue a bit closer.

It was not a split I noticed before, so for all I know, it could have been very slight, and in hindsight, I did have a small dripping of water from the same location for awhile, but yesterday I noticed it only because my python did not have the normal level of suction it usually does. So here are the pics.

This is the piece with the nut removed - this cannot be easily replaced as the nut is connected onto a small plastic lip, and the split causes it to pop off the lip - this is why the whole piece has to be replaced:

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Here is where the split happened:

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Mind you, I have been using this same 25ft python for 10 years now and this is the first problem I have ever had with it. Certainly got my money worth over 10 years, but no reason to buy new again when it can be fixed for under 5 bucks :)

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Wow great find and great photos on showing us how to fix... I made it an article so others can use :thumb:

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YES THAT's IT!! My hubby is getting me a BRASS one from Home Depot!! Ha! Won't have to worry about crackin' THAT!!!

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YES THAT's IT!! My hubby is getting me a BRASS one from Home Depot!! Ha! Won't have to worry about crackin' THAT!!!

Awesome, glad my post helped :)

FYI, the piece is found in the garden hose connectors rather than plumbing.

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