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Are there any tips for getting 1 litre plastic hand sprayers to work. I always seem to have problems with mine. Just bought a new one. Does not work. Any help anyone.



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    There's a small filter at the end of the tube that goes in the liquid-if that gets clogged then it wont work-try cleaning that out?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,415

    Have the same problem eddie and have never worked out why.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    I have the same problem, now I just wait till I have finished a bug or fungus spray wash them well and throw them away when they stop working.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • When living near London area the one that I used for ironing kept getting clogged with limescale, I wiggled a pin in the holes.

    If you shake it & it's only half full it's easy to get air into the tubing.

    I agree though, they are temperamental!!image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    Same problem as everyone else.  Hand sprayers are possibly the most unreliable gardening product on the shelves!  The only one of mine which keeps working reliably is a pump-up type which cost a small fortune.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Now where is that chap who wanted to reinvent the lawnmower? (I approve!) Can we start small scale with this problem ? image

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    You have turned that bit on the nozzle where the water comes out of; to open, haven't you. Also, on some bottles you have 2 options, spray or jet by either twisting the nozzle to the left or to right. When doing this, keep pressing the little lever/handle until the water comes out. Hope you don't think I'm being funny or out.

    I have bought them in the past though, and after 2 months use, just break. Which is really annoying.

  • Same problem as everyone else so I have bought the cheapest available and treat them as disposable. A few years ago I bought a gadget at a garden show which you screw onto any empty plastic drink bottle to convert it to a sprayer. This is easier to clean if it clogs because it all unscrews for washing although I have noticed that it doesn't seem to clog as often as a conventional sprayer. The pressure is generated by a pump action so maybe the extra pressure forces through any air locks ot gunk.

  • If you only need a small amount of stuff to spray, use an old kitchen or bathroom spray.  You can keep these wherever you need them (remember to soak the lable off and use a permanent marker to write what's in it).  If you need a bigger sprayer, check ebay's daily/weekly deals.  I think they have a 5l knapsack sprayer on there for under a tenner (delivered).  You can also try ASDA, now's the time they have them in, got a 3l sprayer last year for my glyphosate, was under a fiver.

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