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Don't throw away your old garden hoses there are many uses for them.
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
Use pieces of a leaky garden hose to cover a metal handle on a bucket. Trim to handle size and slit the hose down one side. Slip it over the handle and secure with electrical tape.
Source: my grandparents
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
My garden hose has been left outside neglected too many times but it still has a purpose as saw blade covers! Cut the hose to the length of the blade and slit down the side so that it can be slid over the blade as protection. It could also serve another way in the garden to mark out a curvy edge for plants rather than a straight one. Just toss it out along where you want it and move it a little bit to make nice curves for the flower beds or garden rock!
Wheelbarrows with wooden handles often have splinters on the handles. To stop the splinters, measure the length and the thickness of the handles. Go to you auto parts store and request a water hose that has a diameter smaller than the wheel barrow handle and a length just an inch longer than the combined length of both handles. The inside diameter of the hose can be as much as a quarter inch smaller than the handle. Cut the hose in half; put soapy water inside the hose(s). Use the side of a hammer head to tap each hose on.
By CVwashingtonjr from Prince George, VA
If you have an old or cracked garden hose lying around it's pretty easy to turn it into a drip irrigation hose. Use an ice pick or other sharp implement to poke holes in the hose. Then cut some scrap fabric into strips and tie those around the hose where you have punched holes. Then cap one end of the hose, hook the other end to the faucet and turn the water on low.
My husband takes old garden hoses and cuts them in about 10-12 inch lengths. He sticks the pieces in a 5 gallon bucket for storage and sets them in the garage for future bonfires.
When we have a bonfire, he takes a piece of the hose and places it inside a piece of copper tubing. After a long day of work in the yard, we take a dip in the pool and have a bonire.
Throw the piece of copper tubing in the fire. As it heats up it creates the most beautiful flames: red, blue, green, orange, purple, etc.
After the fire has burnt out, salvage the copper tubing and stick it in the bucket with the garden hose pieces to use it over and over again. You and your beautiful flames will be the talk of the bonfire.
Editor's Note: Be cautious when breathing the fumes from a bonfire. Although the colors may be beautiful, they also might be toxic gas.
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