Introduction: Tidying Up the Hose Reels

About: I am a Marine Engineer in the RNZN (45 years done in various navies) and am looking forward to retirement!!! so I can do more messing about with tools

A really short, easy one today

Step 1: I Like to Be Able to Neatly Stow Garden Hoses

Unfortunately even commercially bought reels are sometimes not big enough as I have over an acre of garden and 4 hoses.

I bought these hose hooks, but after a year or so they were rusting and looking a bit tatty.

We can do better than that!!

Step 2: Having Access to Scrap Metal Bar Is Handy!

I work at an engineering school, and thus lots of "projects" are carried out then scrapped.

This gives me a constant source of raw material

I found a few pieces of steel bar and bent them to the required shape (I used a bending machine, but they can be bent using a vice, hammer, brute forse and ignorance (and I have plenty of the latter!!)), plus "bopped" a couple of holes in with the hydraulic press (you can drill but this is soooo much quicker (and louder!!))

Step 3: Painted Them With Some "smoothrite"

An outdoor paint and primer in one

Step 4: Attached to Wall

Bolted in position with some roofing screws rescued from a skip (holes in wall are wallplugged)

Step 5: And Hang the Hose

Total cost nothing, nada, not a sausage, bugger all!

Result as far as I am concerned!!