Not related to bees, but if some handyman type had a moment to take a look, it would be hugely appreciated.
That there is the job a very helpful, but perhaps not very knowledgeable, garden member did to put in a water meter for us. The lot we lease doesn't have a tap and we can't afford the $6,000 tap fee, so we pay a neighbor to fill our cistern from their outdoor home tap. I wanted a meter put in so we could actually pay for what we use, instead of relying on estimates. This meter measures what goes in to our cistern from the provider.
On the left side is a regular sized home garden hose, ending the kind of female connector you see on every basic garden hose. On the very right, you can see the start of the brass meter, which has a male connector that's about an inch and a half, maybe two inches, so too big for the hose to screw directly onto. In between is...the attempt to make those two connect.
In the second picture, right where my fingers are, that part just popped right off yesterday while I was there reading the meter. Had I not been there at that moment, 250 gallons of water would have just gone right into the ground. (I also wouldn't have gotten a face full of water. ) That really needs to not happen again.
Any suggestions (and terminology) on what I should be looking for here? I don't even know how to explain things to someone at Home Depot other than "er, this hose thing needs to connect to this meter thing" and I can't take the meter or the hose with me.
Actual connections to the hose can't be glued on, the water provider pulls their hoses indoors over winter and we disconnect all the bits of the cistern so they don't get damaged. Isn't there some sort of tape or something you put on pipe threads to seal them up and prevent leaking when you can't actually glue them tight? There's none of that, and every little step of the connection in between the hose and the meter drips and leaks. The garden hive ladies and the neighborhood cat who comes by daily don't mind, but we need to stop watering the weeds near the tank.
Thanks in advance!