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    Coiling A Hose By Walking In A Straight Line

    Almost every day I must pull out my 75 foot long garden hose to water a shrub or tree. In order to avoid having it tangle, I need to neatly coil it back up for storage. A few days ago I stopped to think about my chore. There had to be a better way!

    The solution was simple. The hard part was thinking about the problem in the right way.

    If you are interested, please see

    https://rick.sparber.org/CoilHose.pdf


    Your comments are welcome. All of us are smarter than any one of us.

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    MeJasonT, likely many others and I concur this even works for landlubbers in the desert.

    Seafarers have been 'faking down' mooring lines a long time, probably not less than 2000 years.
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    Thanks rgsparber! We've added your Hose Coiling Method to our Storage and Organization category,
    as well as to your builder page: rgsparber's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    MeJasonT, likely many others and I concur this even works for landlubbers in the desert.

    Seafarers have been 'faking down' mooring lines a long time, probably not less than 2000 years.
    You certainly opened my eyes to a very smart technique. Lots of great videos on YouTube. I particularly like this one:


    On extension cords, I use this technique:


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    Mooring and anchor lines ok. Hated knitted extension cords forever; partially due to cold weather. All those kinks! or Why buy a 100 footer that trips user and is only happy recoiling to 50'? H shaped frames not favored either, repeated bends break down insulation and conductors.
    Cords belong on spools,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Mooring and anchor lines ok. Hated knitted extension cords forever; partially due to cold weather. All those kinks! or Why buy a 100 footer that trips user and is only happy recoiling to 50'? H shaped frames not favored either, repeated bends break down insulation and conductors.
    Cords belong on spools,
    Dunno about that. I find cables break down in hot weather more than cold. I tend to buy extension cables with a firmer casing and I use the chain sinnet method only when they’re going into a vehicle.
    As to ropes, the figure 8 flaking method is the bomb, I learnt it at the knee of my uncle, who learnt it from his father-in-law.

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    Why not put a few more spigots in and purchase one of those indestructible go flat wind up hoses?

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    Because they’re a long way from indestructible.

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    Another snarl free way to coil a line is to lay each loop so that the twist is in the opposite direction of the one in the previous loop (under, over, under, etc.). When you grab the end and pull it out it'll be straight.
    If you can't make it precise make it adjustable.

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    That line, wire rope, stranded electrical wire, garden hose, even twine twist to the right, Crusty's description is correct. It takes advantage of the natural twist in line [right-hand laid] of "faking down" lines, laying them clockwise, since most of us are right handed.
    Just coiling those materials isn't effective. When they pay out tangles ensue. The figure eight pattern bridges each layer to avoid that.
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