How to Stretch a Garden Hose


Numerous uses exist for a garden hose, from watering the lawn and bathing the family dog, to filling a wading pool or washing a car. Proper care of this valuable home accessory ultimately helps reduce garden hose repair and replacement costs. Relaxing the material is the primary function when users stretch a garden hose. This technique improves the lifespan and durability of a hose. Properly stretching this equipment requires two people.

Step 1

Remove garden hose from its reel (for an existing, not new, garden hose).

Step 2

Uncoil or unroll the garden hose as much as possible in a sunny location of the yard, and let it lie in that position. Avoid cement, brick or reflective surfaces.

Step 3

Wait 15 minutes for the hose to "relax" and absorb the outside heat. Have a helper hold one end of the hose. Start at the opposite end of the hose, and gently pull it toward you to stretch it somewhat. Slightly pull each section, working all the way down the hose to the helper.

Step 4

Wait 15 minutes more for the hose to "accept" the stretching. Have a helper hold one end of the hose. Grasp the opposite end. Simultaneously pull and tug the hose for approximately 2 minutes. Lay the hose back on the ground.

Step 5

Coil the hose back around the hose reel.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid hot surfaces, which can melt or degrade the hose material. Coil hose slowly, to avoid twisting or kinking when replacing the hose on the hose reel.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Garden hose reel
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About this Author

Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.