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Discarded Fire Hose Reel Serves As Big Air Hose Reel
Lee Tolliver, Tok, Alaska: I spotted a discarded fire hose reel at our local transfer station and figured I could put it to good use as a big air hose reel.
I like to do work all over my yard not just in the shop. My portable air compressor is not big enough to run tools or blow up big tires. So I decided to use the fire hose reel to load up a long air hose.
I figured that if the fittings on the reel could contain water, they would probably also hold air. And they can, with only a little bit of leakage. I had to rework the fittings to fit the air hose and loaded up about 125 ft. of 1/2-in. hose. The reel could hold a lot more so Im planning to increase the total length to about 300 ft.
When Im done, I roll up the hose by hand mostly because I need the exercise. It would be easy to add an electric motor and chain to drive the gear thats still in place on one side. The entire reel mounts on a hand cart so its easy to move around.

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5