How Do I Attach My Garden Hose to My Kitchen Sink Faucet?

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How Do I Attach My Garden Hose to My Kitchen Sink Faucet?
Hooking a hose up to the kitchen sink only requires a few simple tools. (garden serpent image by Adam Borkowski from

Attaching a garden hose to the kitchen sink faucet requires only a few simple tools. It doesn't require any plumbing knowledge, and just about anyone can install the special adaptor needed. Connecting a garden hose to the kitchen sink isn't just for filling waterbeds. It's perfect for filling containers too large for the sink, watering plants and washing pets. Run the hose out a nearby window for use on patios and to reach areas too far from the outdoor spigot.

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Things you need

  • Masking tape
  • Pliers
  • Faucet adaptor

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  1. 1

    Wrap a piece of masking tape around the aerator. The aerator is the end piece, or cap, on the faucet where the water comes out. Identify where it begins by finding the line where it joins the rest of the faucet. Be careful not to tape it to the rest of the faucet, since you are preparing it for removal. If you don't have masking tape, duct tape will work, but you may need to spend some time cleaning the adhesive off the aerator after you take the tape off. The tape protects the aerator from being scratched while you remove it.

  2. 2

    Grip the aerator with pliers and turn clockwise to remove it. Continue turning until the aerator comes off. Be careful not to let the parts of the aerator, such as the screen and rubber washers, fall out.

  3. 3

    Screw the adaptor into the kitchen faucet by turning it counterclockwise. Tighten with pliers if necessary to prevent leaks.

  4. 4

    Twist the female end, or the end that looks like a bottle cap, of the garden hose onto the bottom of the adaptor.

  5. 5

    Replace the aerator when you are done with the hose by unscrewing the adaptor by turning it clockwise, and returning the aerator by turning it counterclockwise. Tighten the aerator with pliers and remove the tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Select an adaptor by comparing it to the aerator. The end of the adaptor that joins with the faucet should be the same diameter as the aerator. An adaptor that is too large cannot be attached, while one that is too small will either fall out or will allow water to leak or spray out the poor connection. The opposite end of the adaptor will be larger to accommodate the hose.
  • Attach a sprayer to the end of the hose to control the water output after you turn on the faucet.
  • Don't overtighten the aerator or the adaptor too much when attaching them to the faucet, or you could damage the faucet.

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