How To Make A Garden Hose Reel

If you have a garden hose that is taking over your back yard it might be time to either invest in a garden reel or learn how to make a garden hose reel for yourself. Below are some tips and videos that should be helpful.

Garden Hose Reel Tip 1

Depending on the type of hose reel you have, the first tip is to ensure it is kept free from damage. Damages can be of environmental or human nature. A standalone unit is the most ideal for home garden use. Usually, it comes with its own stand which can be mounted to the wall whereby after use, one is expected to ensure the pipe is coiled back safely in the hose reel to avoid accidental damage to the pipe or unnecessary exposure to wear and tear due to harsh weather conditions.

DIY Tip 2

Apart from the usual hygiene issues, the second tip is to master the proper usage of the hose reel. Proper usage depends entirely on the type of the metal garden hose reel purchased. There are of two types, manual and powered. Powered reels are used mainly in large industrial set ups. Our tips will, therefore, focus on the manual type, which is the common one used in home gardens. Manual units have a handle attached to the drum. The handle can easily be damaged if there is no proper care when you are coiling the hosepipe back on the reel. It is necessary to take precautions to avoid unnecessary repair costs that you can easily avoid. For long-term usage, hose reels should be properly set up, maintained and stored. Unnecessary yanking of the hosepipe should be avoided since this will lead to damages.

For effective outcome, the reel should be fixed to a stationary point such as a wall. The point should be close enough to the garden to minimize movements and save on space. Fixing it to a stationary point also ensures minimal damage. Use of helpful attachments such as bubblers, sprinklers, spray nozzles or water hands can be used to help save time and avoid unnecessary wastage of water. Bubblers when attached to the nozzle, they help turn the sprouting water into a moderate trickle. This is particularly important for the younger plants that cannot withstand strong water jets that often lead to breakages. Water handles helps in handling the pipe as well as in directing the pipe to the right direction without much effort. You can also use old tire rims to direct the hose; especially where the pipe is long enough and the garden is far.


While using the hose reel, the length and dimension of the hose should be adjusted to properly fit the job at hand. The pipe should not exceed the reel capacity, or else the pipe will be damaged due to twisting leading to leakages and cracks. The pipe should, therefore, fit properly into the reel. It is advisable to cut and fit long pipes on to the reel in order to enhance efficiency in handling the hose pipes and avoid an extra cost in maintenance.


Rough handling of the reel should also be avoided. When the pipe is pulled out hurriedly, some sections of the pipe might get stuck leading to damages due to forceful pulling. To avoid this, ensure the reel is fixed to a stationary point, secondly, the user should be careful when pulling out the reel and when coiling it. In cases where one cannot immediately coil the pipe back, it’s advisable to carefully put the hosepipe in a container such as a large trough, then, later on, it can be coiled and stored on to the reel.

Good storage of the reel ensures minimal damage of the pipe. Reel if left exposed to the sunlight for a longer duration, the pipe can be destroyed due to exposure to Ultraviolet rays leading to cracks in the pipe. Longer exposure to sunlight can also lead to damages to the inner side of the pipe as the water expands. The hosepipe must, therefore, be cleaned and properly wound up after use. Damp clothing should be used to clean the pipe after use. Chemicals should be avoided while cleaning to avoid damaging the hose pipe. Chemicals tend to react with the hosepipe ending up weakening the pipe. Hose reels generally get a longer lifespan if they are stored above the ground. Water should also be let to drain out before coiling the pipe on to the reel. The easiest way to ensure water is drained out is to ensure the pipe nozzle is facing downwards while it is being coiled back slowly. The point where the reel is fixed should also be monitored frequently to avoid wobbling.


Hose reels can be hazardous especially when the pipe is very long. Pulling the pipe, given their heavy nature can lead to back pains, especially for older people. The best approach is to use an equipment such as a wheelbarrow to pull the hose to the desired location. All you need is to coil the hose pipe and carefully place it on the wheelbarrow and then push it as the pipe unrolls to your desired length.

diy garden hose reel

To ensure younger plants are not damaged by the hose, it is advisable to use hose reel guides. The guides can be bought directly from shops or one can easily improvise and make hose reel guides by recycling local materials. Items such as bamboo sticks used plumbing pipes and tree branches can be improvised and used as guides. The guides can be engineered in desired shapes and sizes depending on the garden and size of the plants to be irrigated. This will be cost effective in the long run.


Finally, on health matters, one should look out for children. Therefore they should never be allowed to drink water from garden hose reels due to excitement or their playful nature. This is because most garden hose reels are made from vinyl stabilizers which may contain lead. Lead is poisonous and should not be ingested since it poses a health hazard.


In a nutshell, sensible use and care of the garden hose reel can help prevent unnecessary damages as well as ensuring long time usage. This will, in turn, ensure it gives you good service over longer duration and save you money. Careful handling, proper storage, and regular maintenance are some of the tips that can ensure one enjoys using a garden hose reel for a longer duration.

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