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The Right Way to Use a Retractable Garden Hose Reel

by Natalie Rager
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The retractable garden hose reel is an innovative storage tool that uses a mechanism that will allow a garden hose to be pulled out then pulled back in on the reel. If it is your first time encountering one, you may be hesitant at first to use it. Some models look good enough to be intimidating.

The good news is that a retractable garden hose reel is really easy to operate once you understand how to use it. To help you start, here is a quick guide for operating a retractable garden hose reel.

Retractable garden hose reel steps

Pull out the hose

To start using the garden hose, pull on the hose gently to extend it from the reel until you have achieved the length that you desired. You only have to do this gently because the real will have a release mechanism that allows you to pull the hose without exerting much effort.

If you plan to use the garden hose at its full length, keep an eye out for the bright marker, which indicates that you should stop pulling. This is important since overpulling can damage the hose and the reel.

Use the lock

Once you pulled out your desired length for the hose, you should use the hose locker. The locking mechanism will stop the house from retracting back to the reel while you use it. Because of this, you can confidently do your task and move around without worrying that it will trigger the retraction.

Turn on the water source

Once the lock is set, you can now go to the faucet and turn on the water source so you can start using the garden hose.

Use the trigger gun

When you are done using the garden hose, turn off the water source. Then, pull on the trigger gun to get rid of the remaining water that is still in the hose.

Disable the lock

Once all the water within the hose is removed, you can disable the lock mechanism so that the hose can be retracted back to the reel. The retraction method may differ from one model to the next. Some may have to be done manually, others just need a tug towards the reel to start retracting the hose, while others will just let you do everything with the push of a button.

To make the job of retracting faster, it helps if you hold the hose at the same level with the reel’s mouth while retracting the hose. If you have any difficulties during the retraction process, you should pull the hose out gently and let it retract again.

Last thoughts

As you can see, using a retractable garden hose reel is very easy to use! It is not as complicated as you think! It gets easier to use as you try to understand the various components and how each part operates as well.

Now that you know how easy it is to use, why not give your ordinary garden hose an upgrade by purchasing a garden hose reel?

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