Since it’s the middle of August, watering is on our minds. Looking at garden hose quick connectors such as those sold by Gilmour Mfg., we wonder whether they are a product with a need or just another way to add complexity to the seemingly simple task of using a hose.
On one hand it can be a pain to screw an old hose threaded coupler onto a faucet if you have limited hand mobility. The couplers have auto shutoff so you can couple and uncouple without turning the faucet on and off. There’s also the risk of losing the rubber washer inside the hose coupling when removing the coupling from the faucet.
On the other hand is it really all that hard to couple and uncouple hoses? Most of the starter kits sold at the hardware store only have connectors for two or three ends, which can’t be that great an addition. If you only have one or two hoses, is the time/effort savings that great? With the quick connects there are more parts to wear out as well over time. Finally, there are a bunch of different systems, all of which don’t seem to interchange with each other — which could lead to problems when purchasing additional components.
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