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Old 05-25-18, 11:49 AM
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Suggestion for Garden hose

Can someone suggest a good garden hose ? All my hoses get ripped . No matter how many times I mend it (using coupler), it rips in another section.
I have one left by previous owner which is going strong for 4 years but could not figure out the brand
 
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Old 05-25-18, 12:22 PM
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I don't know the brands but rubber hoses are usually good for long life.
Keeping the hose out of the sun extends its life too.
 
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Old 05-25-18, 12:52 PM
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Thanks ! The old hose left by previous owner is amazing . it is left out in Sun and Ice (Boston -- lot of snow) and still going strong after 4 years. The other ones are pampered but just kinks and breaks . I purchased one that said rubber but just realized that it is actually vinyl (or something like that) with a thin rubber casing
 
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Old 05-25-18, 03:11 PM
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Hoses like anything else will deteriorate in the sun and with extreme temperature change. Also they will kink if left empty. To prevent the kinking keep the hose full. However, that will will also introduce a constant pressure. If the hoses are breaking at the kink locations, then I think they are cheap hoses. APEX makes several hoses with varying degrees of warranty. From 3 years to lifetime. I also found that dropping the hose will quickly ruin the connection points . As far as those Pocket hoses go (as advertised on TV) they are junk. However, the ZERO hose is decent and should hold up. But not as well as a regular garden hose.
 
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Old 05-26-18, 04:10 AM
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I used to replace my hoses every few yrs but finally went and bought lifetime hoses from sears. That was probably 8-10 yrs ago and they've held up well. Only issue is sears no longer sells the hoses so I assume that means the warranty is no longer valid
 
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Old 05-26-18, 04:34 AM
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I bought a " X 75' green "rubber" hose for my 1st house in 1972 and it is still like new.

I was new to the neighborhood and the Owner of a tiny hardware store recommended that I buy this one . . . . no kinks or holes or any need for patching. A couple years ago, I did wear through the brass nipples and had to install new ends; but that's all.

After 46 years of usage, I don't think it owes me anything !

I wish now I could thank that Hardwareman for the advice that I'm glad I took at the time.
 
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Old 05-26-18, 05:18 AM
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I was going to post that we have had really good luck with those collapsible hoses (that are advertised on TV), and have found they really do work. We at this point after about 4 years, we will continue to buy them. We really like them.

BUT! After Vermont's post.... I'm out. lol
 
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we have had really good luck with those collapsible hoses
You're the exception. At our store we get a very high rate of return on the Pocket Hose. You must treat your's with kindness.
 
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Old 05-26-18, 05:42 AM
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I used to replace my hoses every few yrs but finally went and bought lifetime hoses from sears. That was probably 8-10 yrs ago and they've held up well.

I've got 3 that I bought from Sears probably 20 years ago and other than one end I had to replace because the crimped end was leaking they are still in great shape.

Truly one of the "you get what you pay for" items in life!
 
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Old 05-26-18, 05:57 AM
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I've have three 50 footer's. They have to be at least 30 years old. Don't know what brand. The only problem I have is they kink if left empty. But I keep the hose under pressure by putting on a hose valve at the nozzle end and turn off the supply at the hose bib.
 
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Old 05-26-18, 07:29 AM
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A few years back, I sought to buy another good quality hose to supplement that 46 year old green rubber hose (whose brand name I never memorized) and I bought one of these 6 Ply " X 100' Rubber Gilmour Commercial Hoses at about 66 a foot :



It's yet to prove itself; but after about 5 years, it looks like I made a good choice, and I'm now sure that it will outlive me !
 
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I have two rubber hoses that came with the house 45 years ago. Both have stayed outside year round. One is on a hose hanger and the other provides water for my garden and has become buried in the sod/thatch. Neither leak.

I agree about the "expanding" hose. They are junk. I buy a new one nearly every year.
 
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Old 05-26-18, 01:16 PM
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I agree about the "expanding" hose. They are junk. I buy a new one nearly every year.
And the million dollar question is, why??
 
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Old 05-27-18, 05:55 AM
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Gilmour

I'll second Vermont's suggestion- the only brand I'll buy. I get them on line from Gemplers. Steve
 
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Old 05-27-18, 02:15 PM
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Mark Sears will replace with something they have in stock. Might not be same brand.
That is if they are still in business. Work 45 years for them sorry to see them in such bad shape.
 
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Old 05-27-18, 02:27 PM
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You 30 and 40 yr hose guys realize what you're doing right? You're putting good, hard working hose machine operators out of business. Soon only the biggest, cheapest hose companies will survive and they'll probably automate and put even more people out of work. Then their products will become cheaper and cheaper, but they'll be your only option.

I challenge you all! Go outside right now with a sharp knife and cut your old hoses to ribbons and immediately go buy a new $70 hose. Only through this can we keep the American tradition of quality hose manufacturing alive!

"Brought to you by your friends at the American Buggy Whip Corporation".
 
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Old 05-27-18, 03:09 PM
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Just one additional thought about making a good hose last even longer . . . . I think I placed a certain value on that 1972 green rubber hose (because I spent a lot of 1972 dollars on it) and I don't recall ever leaving it vulnerable to being driven over by a car; my own or anyone else's. I'm sure that the internal damage done by being flattened out by the weight of a car or truck is not something that adds to the longevity of any hose, rubber or otherwise.
 
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Convenience. They are light, flexible and take up little space. I have one on our deck for watering plants. When I'm done watering it coils up in an empty flower pot.
 
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Old 05-29-18, 07:20 AM
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Thanks ! Will buy a Gilmour . The one that is leaking (from Walmart) also has a worthless lifetime warranty -- you need to send the hose to some remote corner of the country
 
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