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Proper way to store hoses?
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Post# 381857   11/27/2017 at 16:04 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Is there a standard way hoses should be stored when not in use? That goes for wooven hoses and any other as well. I have read that it is not a good ides to hang hoses on their own as they can stretch and put presure on the area of the hose that is on even 1 to 2 hooks. Anyone out there have any best practices they can share?


Post# 381860 , Reply# 1   11/27/2017 at 17:20 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I always hung hoses coiled up like a garden hose. These hoses are going on 50-60 years old now, there is no way to store them that wont damage them because they are decomposing with age and becoming brittle, not much you can do about it.

Post# 381863 , Reply# 2   11/27/2017 at 17:49 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

I have garden hose hangers on the back of every closet door on the main level. They are half moon shaped is the best description I can give you, plastic, found at any home and garden department. They will hold a few each. Then in the basement, I bought some PVC piping and suspended them from the rafters and have a ton down there hanging. Both much better options than metal hook type hangers.

Post# 381867 , Reply# 3   11/27/2017 at 20:27 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Thanks Huskyvac and Vac-O-Matic! Both great ideas!

Post# 381868 , Reply# 4   11/27/2017 at 20:36 by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        
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This is how I do mine.



You can get them at hardware stores. They are metal with a rubber coating. Good for hoses and vacuum tools.





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Post# 381869 , Reply# 5   11/27/2017 at 21:56 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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@ pr-21

Yep! I just did that for my closet for a new clothes rack (old one was some cobbled together homemade shelf made from scrap plywood). Rubbermaid makes them, they can get a bit pricey but they do the job.

Post# 381873 , Reply# 6   11/27/2017 at 23:17 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

If you have the room like a long shelf, the very best way to store a hose is just straight its whole length. 





Post# 381885 , Reply# 7   11/28/2017 at 09:31 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I coil them up

Loosely inside of large totes and keep them in the basement where its cool and dark, no really good way when you have hundreds of them..LOL

Post# 381895 , Reply# 8   11/28/2017 at 13:17 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Mine hang over the 2 LARGE PVC pipes that are the furnace vents its one of those "sealed combustion" units that sucks so much o the heat out that its too cold to rise up a flue, so it has to be blown out the side of the house. No danger of cooking the hoses. I've often thought about ways of storing them laid out flat, but ultimately I think its the flexing and using them that causes them to break down, not storing them, unless you store them with sharp bends in them. Also, dry rot is the number one killer of vintage vacuum hoses it seems, and I don't think it matters how you store them for that.

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Post# 381907 , Reply# 9   11/28/2017 at 21:07 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I know that when we bought our Diamond J new they cautioned us about hose storage. Elux at that point in time had a bad rep for hose life. So the first couple of yrs we we were particular about storing the hose. After that 'life' made us more reckless with the hose storage and it broke down fairly quickly. It could be argued that the use and flexing broke it down......hard to say definitively.





Post# 381925 , Reply# 10   11/29/2017 at 05:58 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I donít collect lots of vacuums, but I would imagine using those wide and flat Rubbermaid plastic bins - the kind that are low enough to fit under beds - would be a good solution. You could probably loosely coil 2 or 3 hoses in each of these with some room left over for a wand or two. Put the lid on, label and stack on shelves and problem solved. Keeps everything dry and dust free too.

Post# 381926 , Reply# 11   11/29/2017 at 07:41 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Not to disparage the South, but anything I have bought with rubber parts in it of any significant age (from there) shows signs of dry rot......Elux vacs included. In fact I won't even buy vacs from that part of the country anymore. 


So I think with old hoses, maybe a lot of it has to do with provenance.





Post# 381934 , Reply# 12   11/29/2017 at 10:47 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I just hang mine from a shelf brace in the laundry room. The woven ones that I don't use are at the bottom to provide a cushion for the vinyl ones I do use.

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