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5 Uses For An Old, Warn-Out Garden Hose (You Gotta Try No. 2!)

5 Uses For An Old, Warn-Out Garden Hose (You Gotta Try No. 2!)

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The wise homesteader knows that everything – even used garden hoses – can be re-used and re-purposed.

More than likely, you will discover that your old hose is more useful than you originally thought.

Here are five uses:

1. Protect trees and crops.

Wires are sufficient for holding up trunks or branches, but they can cut into the wood of the plant and shorten its overall lifespan. However, if you thread that support wire through a piece of garden hose – or just use the garden hose by itself – then your plant will be protected.

2. Bucket handles.

A garden hose can be used as a grip for bucket handles or anything similar – making it easier to carry. Simply take a section from an old garden hose and then slip the wire of the bucket handle through it.

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This will provide a cushion for your hand when carrying a bucket filled with water over long distances. Another option: Slice the garden hose open and wrap it around the handle.

3. Car door/bumper protector.

Simply screw a length of an old garden hose to the bumper of any of your old vehicles. Or, wrap a section around the edge of a car door to prevent dings and scratches.

4. Soaker hose.

An old garden hose can be repurposed to keep your crops watered. Take a relatively long section of garden use and crimp or close off one end of it. Then, puncture small holes all along the hose. Bury the hose underground and next to your crops. You can hook the open end up to the faucet, or you can go more off-grid and pour water from a bucket into the hose. This is a very efficient way to water all or a large portion of your crops at the same time.

5. Protect tools.

Do you have any knives, machetes, axes, hatchets or other tools with sharp blades? If so, then take a long piece of garden hose and slice one end of it open. Fit the garden hose over the blade to keep it fully protected while it is being stored.

Do you know of other uses for old garden hoses? Share your tips in the section below:

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11 comments

  1. Cut a 3′ section to whip liberals with.

  2. Keep several feet of it in your vehicle in case you need to siphon gas.
    Ileclair, I like your idea a lot better!

  3. I use sections of old hose to wrap around barbed wire fence to make a place i can pass thru without getting scratched or tearing my clothes.

  4. six feet of old hose will work on most liberals

  5. 5 feet is good for whupping stupid Trump supporters

  6. there are infinite tricks for it.
    One I often use is cutting 6-8 inches pieces as an adapter from bigger hoses to smaller ones, or heating it up use it to join two hoses of the same size as the old one.
    You can use it as a moving joint between two sticks like to build light structures.
    Pass it through steel cable ends to avoid being pierced.

    Ever used it to check level in a distance? If you fill it with water you can check if two areas not directly in sight are leveled one to the other. You can use it also when the two are to far to use bubble level or a laser one is not working.

    As said fantasy is the only limit 🙂

    • Lorenzo, the old garden hose for a level trick, lol. My dad showed me that trick when I was a kid, webuilt a 2nd barn 40×80 and used the hose to find level on the post than ran a string line to run the stringers for the trusses work like a charm, mydad is gone now i imagine his dad showed him how to use a hose.

  7. Lorenzo, the old garden hose for a level trick, lol. My dad showed me that trick when I was a kid, webuilt a 2nd barn 40×80 and used the hose to find level on the post than ran a string line to run the stringers for the trusses work like a charm, mydad is gone now i imagine his dad showed him how to use a hose.

  8. Rustic Woodcrafter

    I use short sections on electrical pliers and cutters as insulation and to pad the handles. Also handy for inserting spark plugs; hose makes sure that you don’t strip the threads and can bend to handle awkward angles. Also used a section to cover a welder’s ground wire (have no idea why they seem to go to pieces first). I also make “flips” which are a short section of hose with the same fitting on both ends… amazing how often I use these!

  9. Use it as a pass-thru in walls for cables and wires. Screw a section to a desk to act as a wire keeper. Connect a section to rain barrel and run underground along plants. Cut and glue to wood to make a door mat (square) or Coil it up for plant pot base (round). Use as a protective cover over metal pipes in freeze susceptible areas of structures.

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