I have some salvaged chain link fence posts so I decided to cement one in to the ground to mount the reel on, that was away from the house for easy use.
Then I thought wouldn't it be nice if the reel would swivel so when the hose was being unrolled you didn't have to worry about it binding and kinking.
So instead of using one pipe I used two, one in the ground and the other a slightly larger diameter slid over it to mount the reel on.
Step 1: Materials
3½ ft. of 1 ⅝" OD pipe (to cement in the ground)
Two ¼ "x 3" stainless steel bolts, lock nuts and washers
A large washer or a steel flange with a 1 ⅝" hole (to use as a friction plate)
One spring loaded Bi-Fold Top Door Pivot (optional)
or a 2 ½" bolt (to use as a locking catch)
Post hole diggers
White Lithium grease
Step 2: Setting Post
Dig a hole 2 ft. deep with a post hole digger, mix the cement and fill the hole to the top. Smooth the cement flush with the ground then insert the pipe into the cement, centre of the hole till you reach your mark and you have 21 inches of pipe above ground. Use a torpedo level to plumb the post then let the cement set for 2 Days.
Step 3: Mount the Reel on 1 ⅞" Pipe
Step 4: Flange Washers
An easy fix I'll just drill a hole though both pipes and use a bolt for a locking pin. Tried it and winding the hose was a lot easier.
At this point I could have left it and said done! Just use a bolt as the locking Pin but not me.
Step 5: Internal Locking Pin
I wanted to see if I could make a Internal locking pin so I modified a spring loaded Bi-Fold door pivot that I had to fit inside the 1 ⅝" pipe
Step 6: Modifying Door Pivot
The barrel of the door pivot is hexagonal and a 3/16 inch nut fits just inside the cut end so I silver solder one to cap the shortened barrel. BUT before you do that you have to cut and drill the pin.
Step 7: Cut Pin
I put the pin and the spring back in the barrel and then soldered the nut in place.
Step 8: Install Pin
Measured from top to the ground and subtracted an inch and a half. Slid the 1 ⅞ inch pipe back over top and drilled a ¼ inch hole through both pipes.
I slipped the larger pipe back off and test fitted the pin. Then I had to drill and countersink a hole on the other side for a #5 flathead screw to hold the pin in place.
Step 9: Finish
I now have a convenient locking swivel.