Lawn & Yard Care
Spring’s back, which means you’re back in the aisles shopping for yet another new hose. You’re pinching, you’re lifting, you’re bending, but do you really know what you’re looking for? You may be used to tugging heavy hoses and dealing with constant kinks. But there’s a better, savvier way to play this hose-shopping game – a way that gets you the hose that fits your outdoor needs and lasts season after season.
Forego the one-hose-fits-all mentality and find the best hose for you with these tips:
Find the Right Hose for You
Different hoses are built for different tasks. As you shop for your new hose, consider the variety of types available:
Look at Length
Measure the farthest distance from your spigot, and buy a hose just beyond that length. You won’t overbuy, and you’ll avoid tugging and stretching it out. If you have a large yard, you could also consider buying two hoses you can link with Quick Connectors, which you can attach at the hose ends and couple together. That way, you’ll only carry the extra weight when necessary and enjoy a shorter, lighter hose the rest of the time.
Hose Diameter – What’s the Difference?
When shopping for a hose, you’ll likely see a variety of diameter options. So which do you choose? Because standard household piping is typically 1/2-inch in diameter, most homeowners only need a 1/2-inch diameter hose. A 5/8-inch diameter may also work for you, but you’ll likely be adding unnecessary weight to your hose. For those with heavy-duty watering tasks and wider piping, like commercial landscapers, for example, a 3/4-inch diameter could be more favorable. Not only will the larger diameter allow more water to be delivered, it can also compensate for water pressure variables, like setting a hose on a hill.
Key Durability Indicators
As you work your way through hose options, you’ll notice the word “duty” – light duty, medium duty, heavy duty, super duty – and you may be at a loss for where to go from there. For frequent watering and cleaning tasks, look for a super duty hose, which features top-of-the-line materials and will last you season after season. Gilmour’s Flexogen Super Duty Hose features a patented construction of foam layers that keep hose weight down while preventing kinking. The tri-extrusion process adheres the layers to each other for the ultimate in strength and durability. The hose also features a protective outer cover that prevents abrasions when dragging it across the driveway. You can also look to a hose’s PSI number, which indicates how much static burst pressure the hose can withstand while in use. A higher PSI is an indication of higher durability and longer life, meaning the hose can weather more temperature fluctuations, higher water pressure, more pressure spikes, and a greater variety of cleaning and gardening tasks. Gilmour’s Flexogen Super Duty Hose, for example, measures at 500PSI.
Not all hoses are one-and-the-same – and that’s because the people using them aren’t either. Consider your frequency of use, your yard and what you’re doing in it, and, with the right hose in hand, you’ll be on your way to a Betterday.
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