It was time. After many years of marriage, several new homes, and a million plastic hose winding reels, I knew I had to find "the one". The One hose reel that I wouldn't have to replace every couple years that could reel my hose in effortlessly.
I needed the Eley Rapid Reel
The Mother of All Hose Reels
It had to be sturdy, which means not move when I pull the hose out, or need to be held in place when I reeled it in.
Made to face the elements of Minnesota, where part of the year it's a God forsaken land of frozen tundra.
Tough as nails - because I roll up hoses like a lumberjack lumbers wood. (Ha! Not really, but that sounds funny).
Brawn installed our new Eley Rapid Reel with me taking photos of the process from the window in the comfort of the nice air conditioned house. He never even knew I was there, all nice and sweat free.
We have four outdoor faucet areas, just about every year at least one cheap plastic hanger or winder would break and need to be replaced. If I just would of invested in Rapid Reel years ago I would of been money ahead.
This is the next spot to get updated with a Rapid Reel
and it will be installed at the right angle so I can actually reel it in.
We have spent more than our fair share on plastic hose boxes like this in our garage;
|I wouldn't mind replacing this space hog with a rapid reel|
Surely there was something better out there, so I took to the internet where I spent a good amount of time researching my options. Eley has hose reels, carts, free standing ones, and accessories like hoses. Wonder if they have a hose that really IS kink free?
I'll have to research that.
You would be surprised to learn how much time I spend researching the best products for my money. I'm sort of obsessed and probably need a support group for this addiction. Heaven forbid the refrigerator ever goes out, it would take me a month to read about every single fridge out there.
|The front hose area that I am the boss of.|
I quickly zeroed in on the Rapid Reel after reading all the excellent reviews it received.
Recall we have ducks and chickens, and the thing with ducks is they like to be in water.
|Ducken Water Connection Area|
*Caution-long sentence in your future: So our front yard hose is forever pulled out across the yard and driveway to connect to another long hose that stretches out discretely hid along a fence, into the duck pen where my daughter fills a cast iron bathtub so Clyde, Clementine and Hazel can swim.
Because they are worth it. To her.
That's way too much hose pulling for me, that's why they are her ducks not mine. But when I go out to water my flowers, I sort of go into a rage if I have to disconnect my hose from hers and pull it back up by the house. (Ok, I don't *sort* of go into a rage, I do go into a rage and I start mumbling things to myself like "bless her little duck loving heart for not rolling up this hose").
And that all happens because no one ever wants to reel up the front yard hose to begin with.
Rapid Reel installation was a snap, especially from my vantage point in the air conditioned house, and it reels a hose in with ease, 150 feet of it to be exact. The reel is made of a tough aluminum alloy and can be mounted a variety of ways to fit your preference.
Ours is model 1041 and I have yet to go out and find the hose not rolled up, no one whining "why do I have to do it" - this reel is some sort of a magical behavioral tool - Bonus!
Look at that solid, sturdy, contraption of circular motion.
I could kiss it!
The sidewalk and porch are slated for new cement, if you look at the top left of the photo above you can see a long crack in the concrete. So for now the reel is solidly mounted right to the side of the porch where it made the most sense for ease of use.
And check out those stone pavers that yours truly laid down herself to protect my precious tender feet from the sharp rocks every time I had to turn on the faucet.
I'm such a princess. Not. I did walk out in the 100 degree heat to snap that photo.
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