Recycle Your Old Hose: Excellent tip!

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Recycle Your Old Hose

By LarryR
November 23, 2012

Don’t throw away that old, leaky garden hose. Using a small bit, drill holes in the hose, spacing them about six inches apart. Give some thought as to how far from female end of the hose you want the holes to start. Drill all the way through the hose, so that you’re making two holes at once. Cap the male end with an old soaker hose cap or an old nozzle. Voilà! A free soaker hose!

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flaflwrgrl
Nov 22, 2012 6:19 PM CST
Truly the best use for an old hose! I tip my hat to you. Great repurpose. Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Nov 22, 2012 6:33 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:Truly the best use for an old hose! I tip my hat to you. Great repurpose. Thumbs up


I agree
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MaryE
Nov 23, 2012 1:46 PM CST
Mine is a 75 ft hose, more or less as it had been repaired and had a section missing. We drilled 1/4 inch holes at about 1 ft intervals. With good water pressure, it leaks pretty well for most of it's length. I think that 1/8 inch holes spaced closer would have been a little better.
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LarryR
Nov 24, 2012 6:55 PM CST
Thanks, Ann and Jean.

Hi Mary! Actuallly, there were times during the drought this summer when I wished the holes were a bit bigger. It takes a loooong time to get the ground soaked when it's so dry.
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Nov 25, 2012 9:40 AM CST
When I told DH about this idea, he was happy to hear it. During the summer we have a do-it-yourself watering system which consists of soaker hoses, that sometimes spring leaks and aren't too effective. This always happens just as you are about to get into the car for a month's trip and you see a "fountain" of water spraying up! We also have some "drippers" by plants. The critters like to chew on these, so watering becomes a hassle. Water is so expensive here that we really want to water those plants/shrubs that would die otherwise in the 100 degree weather we experience in the summer.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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LarryR
Nov 25, 2012 8:05 PM CST
I'm well acquainted with the frustration of seeing yet another fountain shoot up from soaker hoses. Thumbs down Hope my idea works for you and hubby, Jean. If you currently have a regular hose with a leak, be sure to assess the leak to make sure it's not already a fountain.
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rocklady
Nov 26, 2012 8:05 AM CST
Will do, Larry. This summer has really been frustrating with the drought. Don't know how many of our azaleas were lost, but will wait until spring before pulling any of them out.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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LarryR
Nov 27, 2012 12:01 AM CST
I can relate to that, Jean. I lost 15 columnar buckthorns, a cherry tree, and a plum tree. We had the worst drought in all my 56 years of gardening. Thumbs down

I hope your azaleas will surprise you and all come back to life in spring. Thumbs up
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rocklady
Nov 27, 2012 5:53 AM CST
Me too, Larry. There were lots of trees that didn't make it her this year. July is usually the worst month here, but so was June, August and September. We still need rain and lots of it.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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Dinu
Jun 8, 2015 11:09 PM CST
I guess this is something like what we call 'drip irrigation'? Am I right?
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bloominholes2fill
Jul 30, 2016 9:40 AM CST
I love this idea Larry! The best thing is, this idea leaves no worries about keeping those flat soakers actually right side up! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Thanks a bunch! I tip my hat to you.
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crawgarden
Jul 30, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Bought the Sears Craftsman hose, about 15 years ago, still working no leaks...and when they leak, you take them back for another hose, only had to do that once.
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LarryR
Jul 31, 2016 1:07 PM CST
Many thanks for your comments, Dana and RJ! I tip my hat to you.
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CarolineScott
Sep 15, 2016 8:06 AM CST
Thanks for a very good idea!
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LarryR
Sep 18, 2016 2:15 PM CST
You're very welcome, Caroline! I tip my hat to you.
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RickCorey
May 31, 2017 3:06 PM CST
I cut up some of my old hoses into short lengths, like 15-20 feet. That calls for a lot of "hose repair" kits, and they vary widely in quality.

Then I attach those short lengths to some 3/4" and 1/2" "irrigation mainline" that I've run around my yard, using Tee fittings and also Y-shaped hose fittings with two valves each. Those can be plastic, pot metal or brass, from $2.50 to $10 each.

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3/4" black PVC mainline
1/2" black PVC branch
short length of cut-up garden hose.
compression Tee fitting, black plastic
brass 2-valve "Y"
EZ-LOC 1/'2" hose thread fitting
hose-end-repair kit

Then I put a hand-sprayer on each short length of hose. That lets me spot-hand-water anyplace, with only a few steps to get to the nearest hose length.

Now I NEVER have to drag a hose ANYWHERE, and I have irrigation mainline wherever I want to add a sprayer, spinner, "Shrubbler" or dripline.

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