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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 19, 2013 8:23 AM CST
Has anyone tried these flexible hoses out? I've not been happy with the coil hoses, I tend to knock everything off my deck/porch with them and/or they get kinks in them. My coil hoses are several years old and need to be replaced - as I recall they were the inexpensive ones to begin with. Or I believe there are retractable ones out there as well? Any advice?

http://www.flexablehose.com/home/
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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Mar 19, 2013 8:37 AM CST
Haven't tried them. But I'm highly suspicious of these for some reason. Curious to hear what you learn.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Mar 19, 2013 8:57 AM CST
I agree Kosk -- especially suspicious of the price, seems too good to be true (which usually is...) Hoping someone has tried these out and can give a report, good-bad-or-indifferent. If not, I may give them a whirl, anything is better than my current kinky leaky hoses. I'm also piqued by their use in RVs - we have an 8' camper and if they really do work and store in such a small space, that could be a good thing.
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Mar 19, 2013 9:32 AM CST
Further research (particularly reviews): Some folks love 'em, some hate 'em. A common complaint is the connections are plastic and they tend to leak. Or the hose itself fails. Another problem is they apparently are not made for potable water, which seems odd since they advertise their use for RVs. Another problem is the recommendation to not leave them charged - my faucets are not real handy for either my deck or porch watering and I like to keep a fully charged hose with nozzle-wand hanging up for watering.

Sounds like the concept is good and well-received but perhaps the technology is not quite there yet. As one reviewer noted, might be best to wait until they have improved and are available in local stores (easier to return if they fail).

Looks like I will likely get new coil hoses, perhaps the smaller diameter ones, and put one of those metal coil protectors around the end by the nozzle (which is where mine tend to kink).
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Mar 19, 2013 9:06 PM CST
I bought some 3/4" and 1/2" black polyethylene "mainline" hose for drip irrigation. It is really stiff, but I ran it around my house where it won't be in the way. I thi k that, except for lawn mowers and UV, they last forever.

Then I put in compression Tees with a hose thread ANYWHERE I want a hose spigot. To each of those, I attached a cheap two-valve Tee. Usually I attach one short hose section right where I want it. Then I don't have to drag it around more than a very short distance.

Sometimes the extra valve just sits there, but often I have a short run of 1/2" mainline dangling off it.

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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Mar 20, 2013 6:57 AM CST
Rick, that is extraordinarily clever!!! Great tip! I never thought to connect hoses off the mainline for places that need a quick spray of water. That's fantastic. Thank you!
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 20, 2013 8:26 AM CST
I agree. You should post this on "Ideas" and get some acorns.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Mar 20, 2013 3:40 PM CST
Something like this? Offer suggestions? We can split the acorns!

Tired of dragging hoses around? Want a spigot every 50 feet?

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1) Buy some 3/4" and/or 1/2" black polyethylene "mainline" hose designed for drip irrigation.

2) Run it from your existing spigot around your house or past each bed, burying it or adding a screw-disconnect where you have to mow.

3) Then insert Tees with male hose threads ANYWHERE you want a hose spigot. To each of those Tees, optionally screw on a cheap two-valve Y. (These are Dripworks part numbers ELMC or CMT34, plus HYV, combined cost $ 2.90 or $4.20.)

4) Screw one short section of garden hose onto each spigot. For this, cut up a long, cheap garden hose and add male and female hose ends with hose clamps from Home Depot.

5) Sometimes the extra shutoff valve is unused, but you can add branches of 1/2" mainline with sprinklers, sprayers, misters, drippers, drip-line or T-Tape. Being able to shut off a row of sprayers, but leave the drip-lines dripping on a timer, is really handy. You can slowly drip-irrigate pots or large beds that way.


Black PE mainline is too stiff to use as as a garden hose.

Dripworks sells ½" PE mainline for $14 / 100 feet. That will deliver 6 GPM = 240 GPH.
Steubers Distributing sells ¾" PE mainline for $20 / 100 feet. That will deliver 8 GPM = 480 GPH.
Their wall thickness is 0.050 - 0.055 inch.

http://www.dripworks.com/category/mainline-and-emitter-drip-...
http://www.dripworks.com/category/emitters
http://www.dripworks.com/category/adjustable-sprayers
http://www.dripworks.com/category/drip-irrigation-sprinklers
http://www.dripworks.com/category/one-fourth-inch-soaker-dri...
http://www.dripworks.com/category/t-tape


"Compression Tee" with Male hose thread (capped) - - - Mainline END with 2-Valve Metal Y + garden hose
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Closeup of Compression Tee with Male hose thread
+ Brass 2-Valve Y
+ EZ-Loc connector to ½" mainline
+ cut garden hose with brass Female Hose End from Home Depot
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Edited to add:

Dripworks sells $22 flip-flop Y valves that change position each time water starts flowing. So you could water some zones every-other-time the timer runs. Or they have a 6-way alternatoprt for large farms ($56).

http://www.dripworks.com/category/valves-auto-valves

(Thanks, BjBloomers!)





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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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kosk0025
Mar 20, 2013 4:31 PM CST
Wow! it's like a mini seminar! Great job!
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 24, 2013 2:25 PM CST
I agree its very understandable! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Mar 25, 2013 10:52 AM CST
Thank you very much!
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
May 3, 2013 10:29 PM CST
I love the new flexible hose. Hurray! I've been using mine for several weeks now. (Are we usually this dry in April and May?) It truly does not kink and is insanely light weight. Thumbs up I have no idea how well they will hold up, Whistling but am getting a couple more. I have many connectors/"y" valve set up like Rick. I use only the cheap couples that are only a few dollars. These "y" values have lasted years and put the hoses where I need them. Rolling my eyes.

I have noticed one thing about the flexible hoses is that you might want to take into consideration. Unless the hose is fully charged it doesn't easily stretch it's full length. When watering pots I don't fully charge the hose, so it doesn't fully stretch the 50 feet easily.
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springcolor
May 4, 2013 5:10 PM CST
When we visited Lynn she had a nice flexible hose. I need to look for one. It was so light.

Kind of hot here today!! Well for me.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
May 4, 2013 11:28 PM CST
Those hoses are really light weight, I was surprised!! Thanks for the info Jewell! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 15, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Good info. I think I'll try one of the flex hoses on my front porch this summer, with a short run hose from the spigot so I can turn it on/off without diving into the bushes. Same thing on the back deck. More Y's needed.
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 9, 2013 5:48 PM CST

I posted on the all things garden because I saw the review that says Pocket Hose is best

https://www.pockethose.com/?uid=09DDEB349D180B18C5EA57BFD464...

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I love mine.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 11, 2013 3:23 PM CST
I also love this flexible hose, been using it a lot...sadly however, I got a puncture at the mid portion last Saturday Angry , so temporarily on hose bandage, but it is still working...am thinking maybe I should get that other thing being advertised the flex seal spray to properly seal of the punctured part.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 11, 2013 5:00 PM CST
Oh bummer Tarev!! How did it happen? Were you watering in stilettos? nodding Confused Whistling
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 11, 2013 5:05 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Nah..it must have been rubbing against our pavers, and just decided to puncture itself along one creased area.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 11, 2013 5:45 PM CST
That's too bad Thumbs down If that spray stuff works on it that'd be great huh!!
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