I have tried a number of hoses. The biggest problem is the kinks. I need at least 150 ft of hose, but even just pulling out a few feet, results in kinks.
I have had a very heavy duty black hose which is very difficult to drag around due to its weight. It was expensive, even for Wal-Mart and it supposedly has a lifetime guarantee. Good luck in me finding the long lost paperwork.
My sister works at Home Shopping Network and just ordered me three (50 ft ea) hoses, which are advertised on TV. The hose is collapsible and light weight. I have been using it for one week. I have been diligent about draining it of water and leaving the nozzle open so that air and water can drain while it is stored. It is such a pleasure with no kinking and being light weight.
After one week it burst while the water was flowing. I was in shock because I was loving the non-kink feature and the ease of moving around the property to water the plants and animals. Of course, I will return it.
I hooked up the old black hose and I am truly miserable. I can deal with the weight if I have to, but it constantly kinks. Imagine having to constantly interrupt water by walking back and forth the length of the hose, just to un-kink it.
PLEASE, has anyone found a solution to this problem? Why can't we get a thinner version of a fire hose? I am really bummed out over this. It was like a week of freedom taken away from me. HELP!
I know what you mean. My solution was to string soaker houses all through my beds so that all nicks and crannies have access to water. Then I bought 2nd hand hoses or took neighbors houses they put in their trash, and strung them from hose bibs I had placed in strategic spots and connected them to soaker hoses. I have one hose bib with a four part manifold and that takes care of four beds. On others I use Y connectors. I put timers on each hose bib and sometimes I found them at the 2nd hand store.
Then I buried the whole hose system with well rotted manure so none of it shows. There are several breaks a year, and they are easy to spot and repair. I keep a tool box just for soaker hose repair and take it to the break, do the repair in just minutes and things are back in service again.
I first installed them about 10 years ago, I did the work myself, and have not replaced any whole hose so far.
Attached is a photo of early spring 2010 that reveals the layout of my ground. You don't see any hoses, but can see a couple of places I need to bury them deeper.
Caution, This is not a digging garden. That is usually what breaks a hose. so be careful if you use this technique.
Now that I have heart problems and can't drag hoses at all, this system works well for me. Happy watering, whatever you find.
Joan, I used soaker hoses for many years and they seemed to work well, but I was always digging and breaking them. When I left them on top of the ground, they were still in the way when I wanted to plant something new. I stopped using them last year and used sprinklers in permanent locations, set on tripods to keep them above the tall plants. Again, a little too ugly for most people.
I'm mostly a fruit & vegetable gardner, so I care more about ease of getting good things to eat than looks. In fact someday I plan on making my garden really ugly by running water lines permanently 7 feet above the ground and locating sprinklers at strategic locations on the lines. Some lines for regular watering and some with fine misting heads to be used when a late frost is predicted in the spring (or an early frost in the fall).
P.S. the four boxes have water supply to each box on timers and that is the way to go! I love raised beds.
I've used timers in the past and loved them, but since moving, I haven't got around to hooking them up again.
Sorry for your hose problems, but I'm glad to hear about how bad the TV hose was. I figured it was too good to be true! Especially at that price. It would be nice if someone could make a thin fire hose that worked.
My solution to kinked hoses is probably not acceptable to most people. I just leave them permanently where I want them all year. They don't look good, but I'm more into practicality than looks.
I do the same thing, Idaho. I have left hoses for so long that ground cover plants have grown over them and they are no longer visible. I then hook up another hose to the buried ones, for mobility.
I too am sorry to hear about the TV hoses. My husband was eying those, thinking they would be a nice solution.
I just had a thought. For what it's worth, perhaps you could put a pressure reducer in front of your two remaining flexible hoses.
Thanks everyone. Please keep suggestions coming and I'll incorporate what I think works best for my property, which will probably be a combination of ideas.
I don't think reduced pressure will work with the collapsible hose. The construction is just that bad. Someone at Wal-Mart told me that they are being returned all the time for leaking. Amazon reviews say the same thing. Home shopping (where I got mine) is sold out, no reviews yet.
A woman was selling them at the Strawberry Festival, claiming that hers were the same ones on TV and that her type do not leak. I don't believe it. They all look exactly the same. Before you buy, do internet searches for reviews and see what others say. And I'm telling you that I babied mine and it only lasted a week.
I was told that the wait for the one on TV is weeks. This is an idea that everyone wants, but I don't think it is a good one.
Years ago I tried a flat hose and the same thing happened. It burst.
What triggered this post is that up until now, I've never had a hose that is flexible enough not to be a pain to work with. Also, the ones that are a little flexible, also kink, reducing the water flow.
While shopping for a flexible hose last week, I stopped in "WinCo Foods" on the off chance they might have one (I also wanted some food). There, to my amazment, I spotted a hose that had a segmented outer 18 gauge rust resistant 304 stainless steel jacket that claimed to be Ultra Flexible, Kink free, cool to the touch, lightweight (less than 3.25 lb), corrosion resistant, puncture proof, dog chew proof, thorn proof, tear proof, weather proof and gentle on your garden.
Wow! Some claims! Sounded too good to be true, but it did appear to be flexible, so I happily popped it in my cart. It cost me $25 for a 25 foot hose.
So far, I've only tried it with a sprinkler, with very low flow, so very low pressure, but for that application, it's absolutely amazing! It is indeed very flexible, kink free, lightweight, and probably the other claims as well.
I was looking for a flexible hose because I was becoming extremely annoyed with trying to put down a sprinkler, and having it twist out of plumb. I also get annoyed when using a hand-held sprinkler and having the hose put pressure on my hand because it wants to twist differently than what I want. Also, most hoses are heavy, and my hand & arm get tired of holding them. Add to that, the problem of pulling them around things that have quite a bit of friction.
So far, this new hose takes care of all those problems. It's lighter than any other hose I've had, and looks like it won't have as much friction when being pulled around things.
For my applications, it appears to be ideal, but for others, it does have some disadvantages. It has a small inside diameter, so it would not give a very large flow. That doesn't bother me, because I have soaker hoses over most of my garden and I have enough that they produce a lot of water.
Another disadvantage is it's only rated for 60 pounds per square inch (or somewhere around there), so if you have high pressure like me (I have 120 psi), you wouldn't want to shut it off at the delivery end. I'm going to have to watch that, because I like to do that at times.
I read quite a few reviews on the internet, and while most of them are positive, there are a considerable number that say theirs leaked around one of the fittings, sometimes the first time they used it. One guy said he ran over his with his car and flattened it. If that happened, I think it would be difficult or impossible to squeeze it back into shape.
Yesterday, I looked on the internet and went shopping in other stores for another one like it, only cheaper, and they're all about the same price.
Besides 25 feet, they also sell 50 foot, 75 foot, and 100 foot sizes. I don't think I want anymore than 25 feet, so yesterday, I purchased a second one at WinCo Foods.
Here's a photo I took of mine. I think it shows how flexible it is:
Correction: This hose is rated 80 psi.
I also should mention that it comes with a spray nozzle and extra washer. I've not tried the spray nozzle yet.
Damn! I just bought a heavy duty rubber hose last week. I water a lot, over a 2 acre area, and a non kinking light hose would be great!
Thank you so much for the information. I still here terrible reviews about the cloth type hoses, which I wrote about in my initial post. I have wondered about these steel hoses and have been wanting to try them. I have an acre and one half and I need 200 ft to water my plants and animals. The lower flow wouldn't bother me, it is the constant kinking and the heaviness of the hoses. Even the kink resistant hoses kink. If anyone else has experiences with the steel hose, please let us all know. I hate to spend all that money for 200 ft of hose and find out it is wasted. Thanks again.