I happened to buy a 75' 5/8" garden hose the other day, and after uncoiling
it found it was too short. I asked the h/w store if they would take it back,
but they said only if it's rewrapped in a form that make it salable. Since
the packaging is intact, my problem is rewinding it. I measured a wrapped
one at the store, and the center is about 6" across, and the stack of coils
is 6". I figure if I could find a cylinder 6" in diameter that's maybe 8 to
10" in length I could do it. So far I've not found such a cylinder. Maybe
I'm overlooking a simpler solution?
Is it less than 75' long or too short for your purposes? If the former,
tell them it's not salable anyway and you expect a refund. If the
latter, why would you want to return it? Just buy another hose and put
the two of them together.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I have about 600' of garden hoses! I'm on 6.75 acres of property and need it
for various purposes. Potential fires, and keeping some trees on the
property well watered during our drought like conditions in N. Calif this
summer. 500' are spread out right now. I got tired of moving the hoses around.
Yeah, I might keep it, but if there's a simple solution, I'll do it.
Otherwise, it's a keeper. It was too short for the particular purpose I had
Well, if the particular purpose hasn't gone away, the short one to make
up the difference may be more handy in the long run as two pieces
instead of another really long one, anyway.
If you're determined, sounds like a 1-lb coffee can or similar would be
about the right size; a piece of 5" or so pvc drain, make a tube out of
cardboard, a cutoff of a piece of firewood, ... any number of things out
to be serviceable as a core I'd think...
Yeah, I think I'd rath3er use a 5" CORE THAn a 6" CORE anyhow. It
would be hard to keep it firmly on the core while winding, but if I'm
wrong about that, you can make the core bigger by wrapping a towel
Personally, I'd just keep it as a spare- my time is worth more than the
hour it would take fighting with it and returning it for twenty bucks or
so. But I understand how things get when something ticks you off, so if
you still want to return it, leave it out in the sun for an hour before
you re-roll it. That will make the hose much more cooperative, since
they are spooled up at the factory still warm. (According to 'How Its
Made' TV show, at least.)
Put a pointy nozzle on the hose. Stick the nozzle into an empty coke
bottle. Start winding.
Or, if you have a saw horse, cut the ends off the coke bottle, stick a
pipe or 2x through it,
put that into the saw horse. Wind.
Or move the dang faucet 25 ft. closer to what you want to water. That
would be the "high
tech" solution :o)
Didn't you determine what you needed before you bought? A quick walk would
have told you 75 ft. would have worked or wouldn't. Either add another
hose or wind it up and take it back although, the fact that it's too short
is your fault and not the seller's.
Tell the seller that, unless they "claim it out" with their vendor, you
will begin to shop elsewhere and, forever after, tell everyone you meet
that they should NOT shop there.
They should accept the hose and give you credit for it.
Any viable retailer has enough clout with their vendors that, with a
little paperwork and "ownership" by the person working claims, the
UNCOILED hose can be sent back for credit.
In any case, the seller should take it back even in its UNSALABLE
condition. They should, at least, give you in-store credit for its
There is a merchandise return "flow" out there. The uncoiled hose
should eventually find its way back to whatever outfit wants to finally
dispose of it. That could include sale at a factory store or something
similar. It may never be recoiled as new, though. Good luck.
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