2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Discarded Fire Hose Reel Serves As 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 I’m planning to increase the total length to about 300 ft.
“When I’m 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 that’s still in place on one side. The entire reel mounts on a hand cart so it’s easy to move around.”
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