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Post-Mounted Garden Hose Reel
C.F. Marley, Nokomis, Ill., clamped his plastic garden hose reel to a pair of steel posts, which are set in the ground next to a water hydrant.

    "The hose reel was originally designed to be mounted on a flat base. But mounting the reel vertically raises the hose crank to waist level, where it's much easier to operate," says Marley. "And if I want I can easily move the hose reel to another water hydrant on our farm."

    Clamping the hose reel to the posts was a simple job. He set the posts a few in. apart in the ground, then drilled a couple holes through two 1-in. boards and ran threaded bolts through the base of the hose reel and also through the holes. The reel's base is clamped to the "bumpy" side of the post, which helps it stay put.

    "The plastic base was showing signs of fatigue and would have eventually failed. To prevent that from happening I added a metal strap across the top of the base," says Marley.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, C.F. Marley, 26288 Oconee Ave., Nokomis, Ill. 62075 (ph 217 563-2588).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3