Hosepipes. Are there any experts hereabouts?

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  1. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

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    I need to get a new hosepipe. I'm sick to death of our cheap one getting twisted up and kinking. It'll hardly ever be used for a bit of gentle plant watering, but mainly for washing toys, un-blocking drains, and sluicing gutters. All I'm after is something that doesn't kink, and one that can be stored on an existing reel that the old useless hose came off. About 25-30 metres, and, ideally, cheap.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Broadside

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    I, like you have tried cheap over the last couple of years and been sorely disappointed with lots of water blocking twists. I think the only answer is to spend big on Gardena or Hoselock products as I am fed up with the poor quality imitations.
     
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  3. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

    My sister got one of those 'scrunchie' expandable hosepipes that kind of concertinas itself back up (and unscrunchies itself when you connect it up and turn the tap on) and keeps it in a bucket next to the outdoor tap.
     
  4. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Most will kink with use. It's more a case of working them out as you rewind the hose. But another vote for Hozelok.
     
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  5. OP
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    slowmotion

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    My current yellow one is Hozelock. Yes, it was cheap and rubbish, but they do more expensive ones that might be better.
     
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    slowmotion

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    A friend had one. I was tempted but I read the reviews. They have a very limited life expectancy, it seems.
     
  7. OP
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    slowmotion

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    The problem is, after you've spent far too long pissing about with the hosepipe, the last thing you have time for is lovingly coaxing it back onto the wretched reel.

    Think slob. That's me.
     
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  8. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Many seem to have imperial threads, expensive fittings, which is why they're sold cheap.
     
  9. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Don't throw it on the floor in a heap, if you wind it back in the kinks should work their way out.
     
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  10. OP
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    slowmotion

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    Sorry, a decent hosepipe shouldn't develop kinks and twists in the first place. Hydraulic and vacuum hose manufacturers seem to have figured it out. Has any garden hose manufacturer studied since primary school?
     
  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Industrial pneumatic hose is what I used for one hosepipe. Still gets kinks.

    Even the black ploy pipe will kink.
     
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  12. OP
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    slowmotion

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    Blimey! Well, I guess that a simple hosepipe that actually squirts water reliably remains a Search For The Holy Grail.
     
  13. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    You want this stuff

    https://www.pitchcare.com/shop/hose...MIrLq8ie7P2wIVBbTtCh3wMwJ5EAQYAiABEgKHvvD_BwE

    If you're going the whole hog, get some nice brass fittings too

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/brass-hose-fitting-set-4-pieces-4-pcs/13866

    If you have it on a hose trolley, be careful how it attaches. If it clips in externally it shouldn't kink, but I have a trolley in work where the fitting clips on from the inside of the reel, the hose has to bend to wind onto the reel, as a result it kinks.
     
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  14. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Some brass fittings have steel parts inside that rust very quickly, I found quality plastic lasted longer.
     
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  15. It's the middle of June and there isn't a ban on hosepipes, kinked or otherwise? I thought "guess the date for the hosepipe ban" was a national pastime in Englandshire
     
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