MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Mighty FixIt is a flexible silicone wrap that claims to make an air tight and water tight seal in seconds. The package comes with three 10' rolls: one yellow, one blue, and one red. It reads, "Just stretch and wrap." The strip is very flexible, but not at all sticky. Touching the "tape" to itself causes a quick and permanent fusing, so it's rolled on a plastic backing.
I have a garden hose with a small hole making for a big time leak. The directions tell me to clean the hose with a little soap and water and then dry it. It also directs clean hands before use.
With a clean, unpressurized, and empty hose, I begin wrapping the hose with some yellow Mighty FixIt. I have to keep the wrap stretched at all times while applying, overlapping to allow fusing as I cover the hole. I find it troublesome to remove the backing as I wrap. But, if I remove the backing first the dangling end can get dirty or fuse to itself if I'm not extra careful.
With the problem spot now wrapped up with Mighty Fixit, I pressurize the hose. In seconds, water is spraying out of both ends of the repair. Maybe I didn't use enough, so I wrap roughly half the blue roll around a larger length of the hose, overlapping multiple times.
This doesn't work either, with water shooting from both edges of the repair seal again. I find bulges in the silicone repair. Also, water is weeping from many of the seams along the Mighty FixIt.
The silicone hose bandage is a breeze to remove though. With the slice of a razor blade, the wrap falls off the hose, leaving behind no sticky mess or residue.