Fixing the Sprayer Hose

If women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. - Red Green

A while back, I described a plumbing problem I was struggling with. I promised a followup once I’d actually solved the problem, and here it is.

As you might remember, the problem was that the sprayer hose in the kitchen sink would get caught around the cold-water shutoff valve so I could only pull about six inches of it up, making it much less useful than I thought it should be.

The suggestions

Timbu suggested:

I find a clamp, like an automotive clamp. Then I would mount the clamp somewhere out of the way of the offending valve under the sink. Then I would run the hose through the clamp, close the clamp, but leaving the clamp open enough for the hose to freely run through it. This has worked for me on similiar projects before.

Steph suggested:

With that assumption, I would mount an eye bolt above and to the right of the valved (as I’m looking at the picture) and loosely fasten the lefthand side of the sprayer hose wth a tie wrap.

This will both shorten and divert the bottom loop of the hose away from the valve handle.

Looks like it’ll be a little tricky to get the eye bolt where it should go because it will be behind the garbage disposal, but that’s what I’d try.

Pete suggested:

if the supply end of the hose is on the left and the sprayer end is on the right, attach a long rubber band, ( or perhaps something non-stretchy might work best) to the hose above where the drain for the sink goes through the wall. Extend it behind the garbage disposal and attach it to the right side of the cabinet, or to the back so it pulls the loop of the hose out of the plane of the valve. I think that should work well. I think one of those short bungee cords might work well, tie a knot around the hose with the knot being in the center of the bungee. Hook the ends of the bungee through an eye hook screwed into a convienient portion of the cabinet base.


Mark suggested:

Get a cloth bag and put the faucet hose in it. You’ll have to attach the bag to the top of the sink, but the hose should be able to go in and out of the bag easily, and the bag will prevent the hose from wrapping around the handle. You could probably mock it up with a paper bag and some tape, but I’d think that a cloth bag and some screws would be a more permanent solution.

Keith explained:

Get a moderate sized bucket ( or one of those 44oz cups from 7/11 ), and fit it over the shut off valve.

Or, install a small shelf back there, above the shutoff valve which would mostly serve to divert the hose loop away from getting caught on the valve.

Bill suggested:

Grab the sprayer hose on the left as high as you can and pull it to the left until the bottom bend of the hose clears the valve. Duct tape it to the wall there. This will reduce the usable length of sprayer hose by six inches, but should be better than you’ve got now. You might have to play a little with exactly where you tape it, but there should be some place that clears the valve and still allows use of most of the hose.

Another idea: If you can get the sprayer off of the end of the hose and back on, and if the sprayer hose will fit between the pipe from the valve to the cold water tap and the wall, you might be able to thread it through that gap.

Derek suggested:

You might try using two small L brackets and place a shelf over the handle, if it’s wide enough, the hose will hit it and it’s natural U arc will be distorted enough. It looks like you’d have to do some cut-out around the disposal, but it should work.

Chaz suggested:

I’m sure it’s been suggested, but I’d use a coat hanger to make a bumper.

Put in a drywall screw anchor about five inches below the valve handle. Cut about a foot and a half of wire out of a coat hanger. Make a pipe-sized loop in one end and a screw-sized loop in the other, with a needlenose pliers. Bend it so it looks like a “7”, maybe without such a tight corner, with the pipe-sized loop on the short end and the screw-sized loop at the bottom.

Wrap the pipe-sized loop around the pipe, and fix the screw-sized loop to the wall using the anchor. You should end up with a wire ramp-thing that goes over the valve handle, guiding the hose away from it yet still allowing access in case of leaky faucets.

A second, quicker and dirtier method would be to loosely wire-tie the sprayer hose and the supply line together near the top, such the the sprayer hose is guide over to the right of the valve handle. That’d prevent it from ever getting under the valve handle to begin with.

The solution

the fix
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My actual solution took Steph’s idea, Bill’s first idea, and Chaz’s quick and dirty solution. One morning while waiting for my bacon to cook, I got out the Handyman’s Secret Weapon, looked under the sink, decided that I couldn’t really see what I was doing, but I could probably wing it. I wrapped some tape around the cold-water supply-line as high as I could reach, then taped the spraryer hose to the supply-line at that point. The picture probably shows it better than I’m describing it, especially since I used bright blue tape.

It’s not an ideal fix. The tape is almost a foot lower than it theoretically could be, but I can maybe redo that later. But even with the tape shortening the useful amount of hose, I can still reach the sprayer into both sides of the sink now, and it’s long enough to be useful. My only worry is that I’ll end up screwing up the cold-water supply (perhaps pulling it loose from the faucet), but I’m going to worry about that later. I can always stick an eye-bolt or something into the wall if need be.

Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions. I didn’t take all your advice, but the suggestions got me pointed toward the fix that works for me.

And remember, this fix is only temporary, unless it works. - Red Green

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:09:41.