Types of quick snap faucet hose connectors

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Types of quick snap faucet hose connectors
A quick connector allows easy detachment of hoses from faucets. (outside tap and wall image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

Quick snap faucet hose connectors are commonly referred to as quick connectors. They make it easier to connect and disconnect from faucets, hoses, and watering accessories. Quick connects can be made of plastic, brass, or aluminium, and some claim to be leak proof. Different connectors offer different features. There are hose-to-faucet connectors, hose-to-attachment connectors, connectors that have an auto shut-off, connectors that offer flow control and dual faucet connectors.

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Hose-to-Faucet

A basic hose-to-faucet connection attaches to an outdoor faucet and a hose. The hose will "click" into the connection at the faucet.

Hose-to-Attachment

A basic hose-to-attachment connector has two pieces. One piece connects to the hose and the other piece connects to the accessory, such as a sprinkler or even another hose. The two pieces will then connect together.

Automatic Shut-Off

More advanced quick connectors offer the same type of "click" connection while including other features. A connector with auto shut-off will stop the water flow automatically when an accessory is disconnected.

Flow Control

This particular type of connector offers a quick connection with flow control. For example, you can stop the water flow, change accessories, and then turn the water flow back on. You could also adjust the water flow without an accessory attached.

Twin-Tap Connector

A twin-tap connector attaches to your faucet and allows you to use two different hoses at the same time. They come with or without flow control, and both sides are quick connector compatible.

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