ISSUE 94  |  Change in the Weather

Tap In: Use Water More Efficiently

October 21, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

Expand the reach of your outdoor tap with a simple piece of hardware: an adapter that instantly multiplies the number of hoses you can connect.

We’ve rounded up a variety of tough weatherproof brass adapters that will allow you to connect two or four hoses to one tap simultaneously. Our selections offer individual shut-off valves for precise control of water flow.


Above: For more watering ideas, see our earlier posts, Drink-Up: PVC-Free Garden Hoses and 5 Favorites: Garden Hose Taps.

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Above: The Two-Way Tap Connector connects to a common outdoor tap. It is part of a brass coupling system suitable for one-half-inch hoses (see below for the hose connection piece); 24€ at Manufactum.

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Above: The corresponding Brass Hose Connector is 8€ at Manufactum.


Above: The four-outlet Nelson Industrial Brass Tap Adapter has a heavy duty, brass body with ergonomic, metal, swivel coupling; $24.79 at Walmart.

Above: A Solid Brass 4 Way Tap Adaptor is £14.99 at Amazon UK.

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Above: The no-nonsense Nelson Brass Dual Outlet Hose Adapter is $13.99 at Amazon.

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N.B.: This is an update of a post published Nov. 6, 2012.