Was thinking of one of those roll-up outdoor hoses for a gift.
There seem to be a multitude op brands available.
Several at HD, different ones pedaled on TV, etc. etc.
Wouldn't surprise me if they all come out of the same factory in China.
Anyway, I guess the first question should be: are these a worthwhile and
"good" product ? Do they work ? Last ?
Limitations, caveats, etc. ? What to look for ?
Any have a reputation as being the "best" ? Which ?
Any to stay away from ?
Which one, if any, should I purchase ?
Thoughts and opinions would be appreciated.
Once in a while, I get on a job site where
I need a garden hose, to rinse dust out of
a HVAC unit. Ideally, a flat hose to take up
less space. Ace Hardware had a crank reel
and 50 foot hose for about $35. I was a bit
out of my mind, I could have gotten a Walmart
hose for under ten bucks. I did buy the hose.
It does store compactly. The hose sat in my
van about two years before its first use. See?
I was out of my mind. However, it worked well
(aside from kinking shut and had to go smooth
out the hose before I got much water flow).
If you get the stretchy expanding hose, please
be sure to get a pressure regulator from the
RV section at Walmart (or other store). The
expanding hoses tend to rupture.
On 04/13/2016 09:17 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I find the expanding hose useful in the late summer when I have a fungus
problem in the yard (to spray fungicide), and need a lightweight hose
(the best hose I have is a rubber one from Sears, but its very heavy).
As to a pressure regulator, I use one I got with a drip-watering kit
(tiny sprinklers, and low flow rate).
Yes, it would be good to know exactly what the OP is asking about. Maybe
these images will prompt an explanation.
The Wal one looks a lot like an air hose
that HF sells. Looks like small diameter
hose, might not be much water flow.
The pipes one is similar to the ones
that tends to rupture. Benefits from a
pressure reducer before the hose.
Thanks for the field report. I bought one
expanding hose. Same thing, ruptured after
a couple uses. I've not tried one on a
regulated low pressure line. Might do
better than full flow. Thank you.
Christopher A. Young
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Municipal water sources target < 80 psi for delivery.
Unfortunately, most munis forget that, over time (appliances tend to
be rated for 80 psi). E.g., our water supply is above 110psi so
we have a PRV on the domestic water (as well as the irrigation water).
[And an expansion tank colocated with the water heater -- something
that seems to be missing in many homes!]
On Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:06:46 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
If he'd said shrink I would have known what he is talking about.
That one is coiled all the time. It doesn't coil more, it just pulls
Yeah that's a shrinker. If he'd said that, I'd have told him that in
a previous thread someone said they started to leak moderately soon. I
have non-shrinking hoses that are in good condition after 20 years.
Even leaving them in the sun for weeks at a time (moving them every
few days to they don't leave a line in the grass). So someone might
think that a hose that doesn't leak for 2 or 3 years (if that's what
the prior person said about it) is enough. But I view hoses as a
long-term expense, with a life of at least 15 years, not as a
(I got two or three hoses included with the house when I bought it 33
years ago, and I've found 2 or 3 in the trash since then. The ones in
the trash, along the curb with the trash, were perfectly good. One
of the total of 4 to 6 hoses sprang several leaks after many years,
and one had the outer covering split in several places but I don't
think that caused leaks. It's hard to remember. I roll the wheel
around about 50 times just before every winter until water stops
coming out, and I have two hoses installed all year, plus another one
or two in the basement for when one of these fail. )
Still, a shinking hose miight be worthwhile if one uses the hose
often, once or twice a day, every 2 or 3 days, and has gotten tired
of rolling up a regular hose. Just don't complain that your
standard of living is not increasing.
Sorry I wasn't too clear.
I was referring to those "self coiling" hoses.
They are always advertising them on TV.
On 4/13/2016 10:03 AM, Bob wrote:
I have one that someone gave me. It's the first one that was advertised
on TV. I think it's called the Pocket Hose.
I wont use it for farm use. Having large animals stepping on them, mud,
manure, and that sort of thing requires a heavy duty rubber hose.
I have not yet used it for general yard work, but I did try it and I
thought it was handy, and it did expand like it said. It was easy to
drain the water afterwards. But thats about all I can tell you. I dont
know how well it holds up. I have a well, so my water pressure is not
nearly as high as in the cities. I hope it lasts awhile.
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