Quick connects are those hose
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
released, causing the bearings to tighten
around it and hold it in place.
The problem is that there are four kinds
quick connects: The kind that screws into
the female end of the hose, but has a
quick connect (male-male). The kind
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.
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
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.