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Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: steve...
Date: May 12, 2022 11:19AM
I've got an older hose that's a pain to coil up neatly.







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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 12, 2022 11:50AM
Some (many?) of those “collapsible” hoses are NOT drinking water safe. I might use one to wash the car or water the grass but not much more.

Have you looked at the “Flexilla” line of hoses? The ones I have start flexible and have stayed flexible. A GOOD hose is an investment that will give years of reliable service. A “bargain” hose may not last one season.


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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 12, 2022 11:51AM
....don't forget expandable pants [ waist line ] too....



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: May 12, 2022 12:06PM
I've found that a heavy duty commercial grade hose and a good hose winder help a lot.
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: jardster
Date: May 12, 2022 12:10PM
I've used a number of them and like them. Much easier than trying to wind hoses. This is the last one I got... [smile.amazon.com].
Can't tell you if you can drink from it... I've got inside plumbing for that.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 12, 2022 12:13PM
I don't recall ever being concerned if a hose was drinking safe. Growing up, as long as the water came out it was drinkable.

Of course, I never wore a bike helmet either.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: May 12, 2022 12:21PM
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Lizabeth
I've found that a heavy duty commercial grade hose and a good hose winder help a lot.

agree smiley

I'm still using the hose I acquired when I bought my first house - in 1990.

(at the time, memories of the cheap barely flexible green hoses my parents bought that inevitably failed after a fairly short time was very much on my mind - with 32 years of hindsight, I'm pretty sure I made the right choice)
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 12, 2022 12:22PM
....don't stick it up your nose....the rubber hose....



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: May 12, 2022 12:47PM
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I've used a number of them and like them. Much easier than trying to wind hoses. This is the last one I got... [smile.amazon.com].
Can't tell you if you can drink from it... I've got inside plumbing for that.

I have a similar hose. The only "flaw" with them (aside from the potential drinking water issue?... which isn't an issue for me) is that you're not supposed to store them in sun light. UV exposure will degrade the material and make them less retractable? The provide a storage bag they want you to put the hose in when you're done with it.
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: rz
Date: May 12, 2022 12:59PM
The previous owners of our house left a bunch of flexible hoses (not the coiled ones) at each of the outdoor faucets. They leak a whole lot less than the "good" hoses we have.
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: May 12, 2022 01:02PM
Wow, I'm jealous of folks that have good experiences with their flexible hoses. Mine failed (tear near the hardware) after several uses.

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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 12, 2022 01:07PM
A good rubber hose is easy to coil.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 12, 2022 01:30PM
Agreed with the others... I bought a 'lifetime' Craftsman rubber hose many years ago. It's on a winder and it has lived outside for 25 years so far.
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: JoeM
Date: May 12, 2022 01:33PM
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Ammo
A good rubber hose is easy to coil.

That's always been my experience too. If you "teach" your hose how to coil from the time you get it, much the same with a long AC extension cord, it will be set in that wind and it requires little to no effort to coil.

***Disclaimer: never let my wife put it away.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 12, 2022 01:39PM
I've had good luck with at least one type of flexible hose, and also the stainless steel varieties that have been recommended here before.




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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 12, 2022 02:26PM
.....some don't like to touch......rubbers....



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: d4
Date: May 12, 2022 03:06PM
The feel of a heavy, warm, rubber garden hose that's been laying in the sun, loosely coiled on the ground is so satisfying.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 12, 2022 03:09PM
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Ombligo
I don't recall ever being concerned if a hose was drinking safe. Growing up, as long as the water came out it was drinkable.

It sure did taste funny, though.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 12, 2022 03:33PM
The one problem with the really good heavy duty hoses is they can be very heavy to drag around, especially if they are longer ones.





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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: jardster
Date: May 12, 2022 03:58PM
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rgG
The one problem with the really good heavy duty hoses is they can be very heavy to drag around, especially if they are longer ones.

This is what I love about the collapsable ones. They are light, and as they fill it's really easy to drag them around. I've got a 50' which is no problem at all to move.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 12, 2022 04:13PM
Ours fail after a year or so.
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 12, 2022 08:11PM
•A GOOD hose is an investment that will give years of reliable service. A “bargain” hose may not last one season.

•I've found that a heavy duty commercial grade hose and a good hose winder help a lot.

•A good rubber hose is easy to coil.

•I don't recall ever being concerned if a hose was drinking safe. Growing up, as long as the water came out it was drinkable.

Of course, I never wore a bike helmet either.

•The one problem with the really good heavy duty hoses is they can be very heavy to drag around, especially if they are longer ones.



Solid points, every one of them.


Over the eons, I've watered the lawns and plants of many neighbors when they were on vacation.

Those with folding expanding hoses almost always failed or were failing, compared to 'regular' hoses, and the heavy-duty hose only one neighbor had.



The feel of a heavy, warm, rubber garden hose that's been laying in the sun, loosely coiled on the ground is so satisfying.


Wow, that's right.

As a kid, I was never really conscious of why I liked taking care of that greenery during their summer vacation.

Watering that yard never felt like work, and now I know why.

Of course, I never had to roll it up, as that's how it was supposed to live, so that helped.

As I look back, it was always sort of a zen thing, though I didn't realize it at the time, a lazy day of summer

I never used another hose that didn't kink when pulling it across a lawn, and once they kinked, it would always kink unless the water was on full and the hose had a nozzle that could be shut off.

With those neighbors that were posh enough to have a winder, I had to wind the hose with, again the water on and nozzle shut to keep it from kinking jamming the winder.






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Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 12, 2022 11:35PM
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Agreed with the others... I bought a 'lifetime' Craftsman rubber hose many years ago. It's on a winder and it has lived outside for 25 years so far.

Ditto. However the new craftsman hoses are not near as good as the old rubber ones with solid brass fittings. My parents hoses are going on 20 years and mine 10 years.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: Sam3
Date: May 13, 2022 04:52AM
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Some (many?) of those “collapsible” hoses are NOT drinking water safe. I might use one to wash the car or water the grass but not much more.

Have you looked at the “Flexilla” line of hoses? The ones I have start flexible and have stayed flexible. A GOOD hose is an investment that will give years of reliable service. A “bargain” hose may not last one season.


[www.google.com]


[www.flexzilla.com]

Female and male connections?? Why? The standard for hoses is female connections at both ends and male on the attachments. The only advantage I can see to male-female is to use it only as an extension hose.



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 13, 2022 07:31AM
....if someone asks you to hold their hose for them......do not.....do it.....!!!



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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: May 13, 2022 07:32AM
I am super passionate about my Flexzilla. It’s expensive, but wonderful… lightweight, durable, and very flexible. I only have a short run in the barn, but if cost was no issue, I’d have 5 100’ ones.
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 14, 2022 05:53PM
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testcase
Some (many?) of those “collapsible” hoses are NOT drinking water safe. I might use one to wash the car or water the grass but not much more.

Have you looked at the “Flexilla” line of hoses? The ones I have start flexible and have stayed flexible. A GOOD hose is an investment that will give years of reliable service. A “bargain” hose may not last one season.


[www.google.com]


[www.flexzilla.com]

Female and male connections?? Why? The standard for hoses is female connections at both ends and male on the attachments. The only advantage I can see to male-female is to use it only as an extension hose.



I don't know where you buy your hoses but EVERY "regular" and / or "standard" hose I've EVER seen has a MALE thread on one end and a FEMALE thread on the opposite end. Just like in life, the MALE enters the FEMALE.

Maybe in today's mixed up world, there are now "woke" hoses? jest smiley
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Re: Expandable, flexible garden hoses: The best thing since sliced bread?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 14, 2022 08:04PM
The only advantage I can see to male-female is to use it only as an extension hose.


Such as from a hose bib to a nozzle or other watering implement?

A nozzle connected directly to a hose bib is of very limited use.






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There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

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And hope is a lousy defense.

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