How to make a garden hose reel

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How to make a garden hose reel
Don't leave hoses lying about on the ground--an easy DIY hose reel is all it takes for proper storage. (coiled garden hose image by Joann Cooper from

A garden hose reel is an essential item for properly maintaining and storing your garden hose. A hose reel needn't be a complicated affair, it simply needs to enable proper winding and hanging to minimise kinks and bends in the hose line, and avoid ground contact. Some commercially available hose reels are so high-tech they make watering the garden seem like rocket science. In fact, the job requires only a simple contraption, which you can probably make with materials you already have lying about your garden shed.

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Things you need

  • 4 plywood pieces, 10 by 4 by ½ inch
  • Super glue
  • 9 angle brackets, 10-inch arms
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • PVC pipe, 10 inch length, 4 inch diameter
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Arrange four 10-by-4-by-1/2 inch plywood pieces into a rectangular box. Glue the edges together with super glue. Let it dry completely.

  2. 2

    Glue two angle brackets onto opposite ends of each side of the ply box. One portion of the bracket should lie flat against the ply, the other at a right angle to the box; each end of the box should have an angle bracket at a right angle, so that an 'X' is formed at the ends.

  3. 3

    Screw the remaining angle bracket to the wall where you want your hose reel to hang.

  4. 4

    Insert the PVC pipe into the inside of the ply box; it should be a very snug fit. This will help the hose reel turn smoothly over the bracket.

  5. 5

    Hang the hose reel over the wall bracket, then bend the end of the bracket upwards at a right angle using the pliers; this will help the hose reel stay on the bracket, but will also allow you to bend it back easily if you need to take the hose reel off for any reason.

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