A choice of Hose Connector options
When you are using hose, you want to be sure that you always have a secure connection – to enable efficient watering with no water wastage. There are three main types of hose connections available, these being quick connector (Hozelock type) fittings, Geka type hose fittings, and hose coupler fittings. Each type has pros and cons, so the type that’s most suitable for you will depend upon your own situation and preferences.
Quick connector (Hozelock type) hose fittings
These fittings are the most used type for domestic situations, being well known for their snap on-snap off design. Here at Access, we supply high quality, brass quick connector fittings – which are much tougher and far more damage resistant than their plastic counterparts. The most straightforward connection will be to use a brass tap connector (threaded on to the tap outlet) and then to snap on a hose connector to connect to your hose. We also supply several other quick connector fittings, such as a hose-to-hose connector to link two hoses together.
Key benefits of quick connector fittings are the speed and ease at which they can be connected and the fact that they don’t require the inconvenience of having to use hose clips. The disadvantage of quick connector fittings is that their relatively small bore means that they cannot be used with higher flow systems.
Geka type hose fittings
Geka are another well-known type of hose fitting, which use two lugs (one on either side of the circle) to connect and lock together. The advantage of our Geka fittings is that they will always connect to each other, no matter what size you are using. For example, if you are connecting 3/4″ hose to 1/2″ hose using a 3/4″ Geka hosetail and a 1/2″ Geka hosetail – both hosetails will connect directly together.
Another advantage of our Geka fittings is that they are also supplied as male and female threaded fittings in a range of sizes (from 1/2″ to 1”) – meaning that you can thread these on to any other BSP fitting – and they will still connect to a Geka hosetail on the other side. We even supply a Geka 3-way ‘Y’ piece which will enable the connection of Geka fittings on all 3 sides of the ‘Y’. So, for example, you could have a Geka hosetail on one side of the ‘Y’, a Geka 3/4″ male threaded fitting on another side and a Geka 1/2″ female threaded fitting on the other. Similarly, Geka blanking caps can also be used to blank off any size Geka fitting.
All our Geka fittings come with seals as standard, enabling a watertight connection – ensuring that any leaks or water wastage are minimised. The disadvantage of Geka fittings is that they require a hose clip to secure the hose, which can be an inconvenience -however, with the hose clip in place, they provide a very secure fitting, even if the hose is repeatedly tugged.
Hose coupler fittings
We also supply brass hose couplers, which enable hose to be connected directly to threaded fittings. They are suitable for professional sized hose of 3/4″ to 1” and are very convenient, as only one fitting is required to make the connection. So, if you were connecting your hose to a standard outside tap, you’d only require a 3/4″ female threaded hose coupler to do the job. This contrasts with using the quick connector hose fittings or the Geka type hose fittings mentioned above, which would each require two fittings. The female threaded hose coupler fitting also includes a leather seal, ensuring a watertight connection. A disadvantage of using hose coupler fittings is that they are not suitable for 1/2″ domestic garden hose, and they also require a hose clip to secure the hose, which can be an inconvenience.
Don’t delay – Get your hose connected today!
So, now that you’re aware of the different types of hose connections and their uses – there’s no time like the present to place your order, and get your hose connected ready to water!