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double-head quick connect

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Quick connects are those hose connectors that work just like an air hose connector. You slide a ring back on the female side, which allows several bearings lining the connector to retract. The male connector has a head on it that is caught by these bearings when it is inserted and the ring is released, causing the bearings to tighten around it and hold it in place.

The problem is that there are four kinds of quick connects: The kind that screws into the female end of the hose, but has a male quick connect (male-male). The kind that screws into the female end of the hose, but has a female quick connect (male- female). You get the picture. the other two are female-female and female male.

This is confusing to buy and implement. If you come home with all of the right connectors, you still have to make sure you have the right end of the hose to connect to. You may have the male- female hose ends, but you have to pull the hose around because you have two ends.

My quick connectors would have double heads. Each head would have side-by- side male and female parts. They would otherwise work like conventional sliding- ring quick connects.

This way, you would only have two kinds of connectors: Male-double head (one end screws into the female end of a garden hose, and the other is a male- female double quick connect), and female-double head(one end screws into the female end of a garden hose, and the other is a male-female double quick connect). Then any connector, regardless of the end of the actual hose, could be connected to any of the other connectors. Kind of like snapping two 9-volt batteries together.

The two heads could be integrated into one molded unit that slides easily though the grass when connected to another.

nomocrow, Sep 30 2008

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