There are times when you will need to attach your garden hose to the kitchen faucet, especially if an outside spigot is not readily available or if you need hot water to come from the hose. Filling large buckets or containers from the kitchen sink is difficult, and oftentimes impossible if the container is too large to fit into the sink. Large containers can also be quite unsanitary at times as well. Using a hose is a quick solution to these sorts of problems.
Connecting the Adapter to Kitchen Faucet
To start the job right, you will need a faucet adapter. This is a device that screws onto the threads of the kitchen faucet, essentially enlarging the faucet so that the hose spigot will fit. You should be able to easily find this at your local hardware store. First, unscrew the kitchen faucet tip. Before doing so, however, it is a good idea to cover the inside of the sink with a towel or paper towel to prevent anything that is dropped from going down the drain.
Once the faucet tip is removed, then screw on the faucet adapter. The seal should be tight, but not so tight that it cannot be easily removed. You should be able to get it tight enough with just your hands.
Connect the Hose to the Adapter
Now its time to connect the hose to the adapter. Just like when connecting to your outside spigot, the hose threads should line up straight onto the adapter. Failing to do so will cause leaks around the seal when you go to turn it on. You should be able to feel if the hose is lined up straight with the adapter.
Check for Leaks
Once tightened, now turn the kitchen faucet hot or cold on to test for leaks. If leaks occur at the source of the connection, turn the water off, remove the hose and rescrew the hose to the faucet. If it continues to leak, you may need to seal the screw threads with teflon tape or a sealant. Again, any hardware store can supply you with these materials.
Once your job is complete, remove the hose, then remove the adapter and return the faucet tip as it was when you started. Keep the materials in a safe and dry place so that the next time you need to connect your garden hose to a kitchen sink, you will be ready to go.
Jonathan Mendleheisen is a free lance writer who writes on a variety of gardening and outdoor topics. For complete information on garden hoses and gardening in general, visit the site that is dedicated to the topic, http://www.garden-hose-guide.com