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How to set up a hose reel

Updated February 21, 2017

Homeowners and gardeners know first hand the frustrations that come with kinked and tangled hoses. No matter how they are stored, the hoses always seem to tangle up. Fortunately, there are helpful solutions. A hose reel is a simple device that eliminates the tangled mess. Hose reels wind up hoses to keep them in order and out of the way. Setting up a hose reel properly will ensure that your hose doesn't kink and winds smoothly.

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  1. Choose a location to set up your hose reel. Your reel should be located to reach the most areas possible.

  2. Attach the hose reel to your water faucet with the small included hose connector.

  3. Connect your hose to the hose reel by screwing it onto the hose reel's water output.

  4. Wind the hose reel with the crank, guiding the hose back and forth across the reel to keep the reel uniform.

  5. Tip

    Always drain the hose of water before winding it back up. A hose full of water does not bend as easily and makes it difficult to wind.

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About the Author

Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.

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