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What are the Choices of Garden Hose Reels and where will you get the best Hose Reels Advice



What are the Choices of Garden Hose Reels and where will you get the best Hose Reels Advice

In this article I will offer my over 20 years experience in the hose reels business to hopefully offer you the best hose reels advice so that you can be armed with the best information when you make your purchase.

There are a number of aspects to consider when selecting a garden hose reel for your particular needs. Some of these are listed below in brief form and will be covered in future articles in more DETAIL. Some of these are pretty obvious however there are some things that many people fail to take into account when finding the right reel.

Hose length, hose diameter (internal and external), water pressure, length of hose required (versus what hose capacity different reels have, the construction material (steel or plastic), method of winding up the hose (hand crank or spring rewind) and the major aspect that many people fall down on is the positioning of the reel.

As with the other topics, where and how to position your garden hose reel be is by far and away the most important aspect of the whole selection process – if the hose reel is mounted or situated in the best spot you will gain maximum benefit from it, if not then it may end up being a lemon.

Where Will You Position your Garden Reel?

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So you are considering buying a hose reel for your garden. Maybe you have walked through a few large DYI or Hardware stores or even checked out a few sites on the internet and are maybe a little bit confused about what type you should purchase and importantly where are you going to position it?

Let’s first look at the that wonderful real estate addage, “position, position, position” as a starting point.

Where you are going to install / mount your garden hose reel needs careful consideration.

What practical length of hose will you need on the hose reel relative to where you install it?

What area of garden or lawn do you want to effectively cover with your hose reel?

Is your current inlet water supply (tap / faucet) limiting you on where you can install / mount your garden hose reel? The chances are the position of your water supply (tap / faucet) outdoors for use with a garden hose was arbitrarily determined by the builder of your home or the previous owner, or if by you then likely from a set of plans – let’s face it, the garden / lawn area was either not perdetermined or has changed.

So if the length of hose on a type of hose reel you are considering is not quite going to give you the coverage you need – what is the solution?

If installing / mounting your garden hose reel near / next to your water supply to the reel (tap / faucet) will not give you the most desired coverage then there are solutions.

Example – you may have 2, 3 or more water supply points around your house – typically most homes have at least 2 – one at the front and one at the back of the house. These outlets may not be in the best position for watering your garden – I know mine aren’t and I designed my house!!!

Example 2 – I have a water supply (tap / faucet) on the south facing side at the front of my house, about a metre (3ft) from the corner of the house. There is no garden(s) on that section of the south side of the house – the gardens are on the west side!!!

So mounting a hose reel right next to that outlet means I am pulling the hose around a corner – not very practical or sensible right?

So the solution for me was to run some poly water pipe from the outlet, along the ground (eventually I pulled up my pavers and buried it) to a point on the west side of the house where the garden is. Sounds logical however even I didn’t think of it in the first place!!

I fitted a riser and an on / off valve and then mounted my garden hose reel in the best possible position for me to get the best efficiency and least hassles.

It is easy and cheap to do – you don’t need to pay a plumber to do this for you – some poly pipe, some fittings and the job is done!!

Last but not least in this section of positioning your garden hose reel is how you install / mount your garden hose reel after you have decided where you want / need it.

A garden hose reel should be offering you efficiencies right? – if not then you could use an old car wheel rim.

Tip – make sure you mount the reel at a suitable “ergonomic” height – a height which will not have you bending over or reaching up to operate your garden hose reel. Take some time to measure the installation / mounting position carefully before installing the reel to a wall or post or other fixing.

The ideal position is for the hose as it rewinds onto the reel to be at about your hip height (this assumes in hand crank reels that the crank is centre line with the reel which should be the case – for spring rewind reels this will be a given).

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What are the Choices of Garden Hose Reels and where will you get the best Hose Reels Advice


Get Ready, Get Set, Go Winterize Your Car


Sean Lee

Winter’s just around the corner and chances are your vehicle needs some preventive maintenance to get it ready for the cold weather ahead.

According to AAA, the most frequently uncovered problems in its annual vehicle inspections are improper tire pressure or low or dirty motor oil, anti-freeze, or other automotive fluids.

AAA offers the following advice for motorists preparing for the winter driving season:

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Get ready: Before you drive long distances, check the weather conditions along your route. Remember to bring a cellular phone and a winter driving kit that includes a flashlight with fresh batteries, a snow shovel and brush, traction mats, ice scraper, booster cables, a blanket, flares, heavy gloves, window washing solvent and a first-aid kit.

Get set: Inspect your vehicle thoroughly before leaving your driveway. Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, fluid levels are full, front and rear lights are operating, and belts and hoses are in good condition.

Also, keep in mind that one of the most common causes of cold-weather breakdowns is a weak or dead battery. Good indicators that your battery is weak and may need replacement include a starter motor that cranks the engine slowly when the ignition key is turned or headlights that dim noticeably when the engine speed drops to idle.

If you are unsure about any aspect of your vehicle’s condition, visit a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility for expert maintenance and repair services.

Go: Now that your vehicle has the green light, here are some winter driving tips to get you to your destination safely.

* When driving in slippery and icy conditions, slow down and keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Minimize your brake use and remember that traction is greatest just before the wheels spin. Applying gentle pressure on the accelerator pedal when starting is the best method for retaining traction and avoiding skids.

* The most effective way to stop on ice and snow is to apply your brakes gently, well in advance of the point where you intend to stop. If your car has an

antilock braking system, do not pump your brakes; continue to apply firm pressure to the brake pedal until your vehicle comes to a complete stop.

* Keep your seatbelt fastened and make certain that all passengers are securely restrained.

* When driving in falling snow or fog, lower your speed, use your low-beam headlights or fog lights and keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you.

* To help avoid gas line freeze up, keep your gas tank at least half full to minimize condensation.

For more automotive tips, visit – NU

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Get Ready, Get Set, Go Winterize Your Car