How to install a flexible hose

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How to install a flexible hose
A dishwasher is another home appliance that uses a flexible hose. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Flexible hoses come in an array of lengths and adaptor sizes. The hoses, found on sinks and toilets, are commonly used to both drain and supply water. In most cases, flexible hoses feature a female adaptor at each end for installation purposes. A female adaptor features threading on the inside, while a male adaptor -- located on the sink, toilet or other appliance -- has outside threads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Flexible hose with female connectors
  • Plumber's tape
  • Pipe wrench or adjustable pliers

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  1. 1

    Measure the area to determine the required length of flexible hose.

  2. 2

    Clean the threads on the appliance's male adaptors to remove debris. Wrap a few layers of plumber's tape around the threads in a counterclockwise direction.

  3. 3

    Attach the female adaptor ends of the flexible hose to the male adaptors. Tighten the adaptors by hand so that the threads fit snugly without binding.

  4. 4

    Slip a pipe wrench or adjustable pliers over the female adaptor nuts and turn the tool in a clockwise direction to tighten. Remove any kinks in the hose, which could cause blockage or future links, then repeat the tightening process on the opposite end.

  5. 5

    Turn the appliance on, allowing water to flow through the hose. Inspect the area for any leaks between the female and male adaptors.

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