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About Hoses

Almost all garden hoses on the market are made of rubber (or synthetic rubber with yarn reinforcement), vinyl or combination of both. They have an inside diameter of 5/8, 3/4, 3/8, or 1/2 inch and come equipped with standard fittings made of brass. Hoses are available in 25-, 50-, 75-, 100- and 200 - foot lengths.

Good-quality hoses rarely kink, crack or burst. They stay flexible in the cold and come with heavy-duty brass fittings. At MYREELS.COM we've selected the best hoses on the market that are designed to last for years under the most strenuous conditions.

A few common sense rules will extend the life of your premium hoses almost indefintely:
  • Never leave a hose lying on the ground for extended periods. Even the best hoses will be attacked by mold that reduces their normal life. Instead, reel hoses on to hose reels after each use. Hose reels also come in different flavors depending on application. You'll find a selection of the best hoses available here at MYREELS.COM: Garden Hose Reels, and Air Hose Reels or various types, for many applications.
  • For garden hoses, always drain hoses before freezing temperatures arrive. Frozen water will cause cracks and may burst your hose. It's also a good idea to disconnect a hose from the faucet when freezes threaten because a serious water leak in or under the house might occur. Wall-mount garden hose reels from feature standard interlock plate design, which offers two benefits:
a. Quick installation, mounting holes are drilled at center and for 16" studs and
b. Remove hose reel for safekeeping or storage in just seconds
  • Even the best hoses can develop leaks, most commonly at the faucet. This is often the result of too much tension placed on the fitting when the hose is pulled or stretched. To limit the wear and tear that such tension puts on your hoses use an inexpensive hose saver or a reel with a tension brake. A hose saver is a section of hose reinforced with wire that takes the tension off the hose fitting. A tension brake keeps the hose from un-spooling by itself and also prevents leaking caused by tension placed on the fitting when the hose is pulled or stretched.
  • If your garden hose does develop holes, turn it into a sprinkler hose by punching more holes (about six inches apart) along its length with a nail or ice pick and laying it in the lawn or garden. Or salvage a six- to eight-foot length of hose, install new fittings at one or both ends, and you've got a handy little hose that's ideal for filling watering cans or washing off feet.
  • If a hose gets too stiff to coil as a result of being left out in the cold, stretch it out on a sunny day and in no time it should be flexible. If the hose gets tangled, detach it from the faucet, grab one end, and start flipping and turning it until all the tangles are gone. Never try to force a cold hose into a coil - it will weaken the hose and could cause cracks.
Please let us know if you have any questions as you choose your next hose and hose reel.

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