Any recommendations for a soaker hose? Last year we bought a
sprinkler/soaker hose -- don't recall the brand -- at Lowe's. but toward
the end of the season it was spurting water from a split in the side
near the feed end. This year I cut off the part with the split and
attached a new connector. No there is a new split from which water gushes.
Are soaker hoses fundamentally unsatisfactory, or are there some durable
I have not found any that lasted an entire summer, and I have tried many.
I'm thinking about using pastic tubing glued together that I will drill
small holes in and bury around my foundation. I will have an upright tube
near a spigot that I can connect to when needed.
I've got some I have been using for a few years. I got them used from someone
else, and they had obviously been used before I got them.
Mine came with a washer with a small hose to regulate the water flow/pressure.
In my garden I use 3/4 PVC pipe cut to the length of a row, usually
about 20 feet. . I attach
a hose, with appropriate fittings, at one end, cap the far end,
and drill small holes about
six inches apart for the length. The holes are about 1/32 dia or so.
I move the entire pipe from row to row. These pipes last forever.
a while I will notice a hole has gotten stopped up and I stick a very
small wire or drill bit in to clean it out.
In this manner I can irrigate the plants, but not the 3 foot spaces
between, which really slows down weed growth....
Perhaps you can use this technique .
I also use it in shrubbery and flower beds. Very inexpensive and
I never trusted soaker hoses. Especially since I have a dog.....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
I have had soakers for several years now with excellent results. Make sure
you don't lose the insert that goes in the supply side that only allows a
little hole's worth of water in it. They say don't let the soakers stay out
in the sun, else they turn brittle, but I found they also spit water in one
place other than where you want it; I cover the soaker with coarse mulch for
this reason. And I also invested in a basic timer which I've had for years.
I just set a soaker to 30 min. and forget it. If the soaker breaks, a hose
repair thing, male/male, was a simple, effective fix. I've had to do that
2-3 times. I think I got mine at Wal-Mart.
On Wed, 20 May 2009 20:20:27 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
I never understood why anyone would buy a brand new hose full of
holes. Hell, go to the dump and you can get someone's throw away hose
with lots of holes for free, and if you want more holes, drive a few
nails in it, let your dog chew on it, or use your favorite firearm on
Id say pressure might be your issue and sun, UV. Ive had the same
black, generic, recycled tire, completely porus units for 20+ years.
Bury them in mulch or dirt to protect them from sun. Cut out bad
areas. There are 3 types I have seen, Completely porus made from old
tires. The ones with holes every foot or so. And 1/4" drip irrigation
pipe that you put in your Ts and holes that is usualy made from UV
resistant plastic. My pressure is low, maybe 40lb. Animals will chew
hose for water, squirells get mine all the time, Mulch or dirt over
them is best as then Suns UV wont degrade them.
Menard's has soaker/sprinkler hoses that are indistinguishable from the
one that I found unsatisfactory. I bought one of their soaker (only --
porous but without the small squirt-holes) hoses and daisy-chained the
repaired soaker/sprinkler hose to it. So far no problem.
The one we had was described as both: it is porous but also has "squirt
holes" along one side (designated by a colored stripe). If you want to
soak, lay the hose stripe down; for sprinkling, lay it stripe up.
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