Worthless Hose!!!!

The Old Worthless Hose
The Old Worthless Hose

Just as I predicted in my last post, that worthless old hose gave way today. When I drove in the driveway after an errand tonight, I was anticipating a fun frolic in my backyard pool.  Instead, I noticed a flood of water streaming down the neighbor’s driveway.  I knew it had to be hose failure on my filter since the neighbors do not water their lawn. 

There is nothing so frustrating, disappointing and infuriating as hose failure at a time when you are so anticipating and relying upon the pleasure that hose will bring if it actually does what it is designed to do.  But timing is everything!  My hose failed just as I was anticipating a lovely evening swim.  The filter now cannot do it’s job properly and the pool has lost 4 inches of water in just a few moments. 

The New Longer Flexible Hose!  Ahhh!
The New Longer Flexible Hose! Ahhh!

The hose spurted water in every direction completely flooding an entire area of my yard and my neighbor’s yard.  I did not receive the relaxing, enjoyable experience of activity in my pool.  Instead, I had to wait. 

Now I am tense, crabby, irritated and actively searching for a longer flexible new hose!  Breaking off and spilling out so do not work for me!

10 thoughts on “Worthless Hose!!!!

  1. Next time you need a long, flexible hose that will not break off and spill out, just let me know. I will be happy to extend a hose guaranteed to give pleasure.

    You were so begging for a response like this. You bad girl.

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    1. Hmmm. LOL! I could go so many places with that comment, but I’ll choose this: It’s a good thing you checked. Most men foolishly and with unwarranted braggadocio (spelling) would have forged ahead disregarding the possibility of any eventual failure. You, at least, were wise to check. However, my question to you is, if you had to check which implies uncertainty about proper functioning, does this mean the hose suffering from disuse?

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  2. Such a sad word: disuse. Sort of reminds one of its distant cousin– excuse–which also seems to play a part in the discussion at hand. I mean, if my hose has been suffering from disuse, it is probably due to excuses of one kind or another. The hose works fine, and I have no doubt I could take the matter in hand and get a good stream flowing, but it would be far preferable to be assisted by someone with advanced hose skills, who really knows the ins and outs of hoses, and knows how to manipulate it effectively and make a secure connection while avoiding kinkiness that could cause structural damage. I mean, the hose is used on a daily basis to fulfill routine and undemanding functions, and performs those tasks very well, but it would be so much more satisfying to utilize all of its many other wonderful capabilities. Now that you have discovered how to obtain a functional and reliable hose, and undoubtedly know how to handle and use it to its maximum potential, perhaps you can assist me with mine to help me avoid the sad effects of disuse? In my opinion, the value of a real, hands-on primer can hardly be overstated, so when can I drop by with my hose?

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    1. Ahhh, Kip! This is lovely absolutely lovely! Yes, hoses have many uses. I’ve actually recently discovered that with the proper suction they can be used to siphon as well as merely depositing various fluids from one location to another. The siphoning process is tricky and tedious and tiring for the inexperience, or so I’m told. I’m fortunate I possess a power pump with amazing suctioning action. Getting your hose to experience its maximum potential, while admirable is something I’m not sure you’d want me to do. After all, I am the one who had the problem with the disappointing hose to begin with. This must mean that I either did not properly care for or maintain my hose or something. I don’t know what. Maybe ensuing posts or additional comments from those who are experienced hosers will provide more information as to the cause of my hose’s demise. Until then, you might want to be cautious about putting your hose in my hands. 😉

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  3. Don’t be silly, Cat. I’ve only got the one hose, while you’ve had experience with multiple hoses. And I’m sure that by now you’ve learned the proper amount of suction to which a hose may be subjected before it fails or simply disintegrates. I have implicit trust in your experience and the hard-won lessons you’ve learned, and would be perfectly comfortable putting my hose in your hands. I’m sure you could edify me regarding its versatility, as I’m not merely concerned with transporting fluids from one place to another. You have intrigued me with the suggestion of its siphoning capabilities, and I am eager to determine its maximum suction capacity.

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    1. Well, Kip,
      I’m not sure I’m the most experienced person when dealing with hoses, but I am at least conscientious, caring, considerate and attentive to the needs of the hose, so I’m perplexed as to the recent failure of my hose. My best guess is it was the wrong hose for the job and the weathering and aging over time just deteriorated the hose since it was not made for the job of pumping over the long haul.
      You feel comfortable putting your hose in my hands but I’m pretty particular about the hoses I choose so I would definitely need some first hand inspection and time to explore the possibilities of the hose. Since your hose seems to be hailing from a distant and remote locale, I’m not sure that’s much improved over the online suppliers I’ve been considering. (See, my post titled “Online Hose Suppliers”.) In addition, I would need documentation that your hose is not already contractually pre-packaged and in use with another pump system. This is just standard protocol for me. I don’t need another pump in the picture…just the hose. 😉

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  4. All points taken. I’m in the process of disconnecting the pump, but it’s a helluva nasty job. When I git ‘er done, my hose will be headed your way on the first available flight. But here’s a question for you: how can you assure me that my hose will work with your pump system any better than the crappy one I’ve been suffering with? After all, I’m certainly not interested in swapping one lousy pump system for another.

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    1. Well, of course you don’t want to swap one lousy pump system for another. This is where your research comes in. You’ve just got to take into consideration the quality and nature of the pump. After all, most pump, hose, filter connections operate on the same basic prinicpals, it is all about the bigger picture. What is the pump designed to do? This really has everything and nothing to do with the hose but rather what will the hose and the pump together be expected to accomplished as they clean the pool they are responsible for? Is the pump designed for filtering small quantities of water? Then you don’t want to hook it up to a large hose and require it to filter a massive inground pool? If the pump is well constructed, built to really clean and filter out all the impurties of a very large and heavily used pool, then you want to make sure your pump can handle the job. You can get this information by checking any pump that seems like it might work for you out first hand, however, it is important to know exactly what will and what will not work for you first. This will keep you from wasting time exploring pumps that just aren’t designed for the job you need to have done. I’d also suggest that when you do find a pump that looks to be serviceable that you give it a thorough inspection before you decide to buy. Some dealers will even allow you to hook it up and try it out beforehand, but this is not always a guarantee. Some dealers won’t let you put a lot of miles on their pump before you make a decision. Some will show you a model but not the real item you will actually take home. This can still be a great purchase but you have to decide what you want. I believe that knowing what you really need will help you most in determining which pump is right for you. Also, if you’ve made poor choices shopping in the past, maybe it is time to revisit your shopping habits. It could be you had a perfectly good pump but used it for all the wrong purposes. Your needs didn’t fit the pump’s design and the process broke down early. Those are just some beginning thoughts.

      Also, having gone through the process of disconnecting pumps and hoses recently, I empathize with your struggle. It is a nasty job. A very nasty, painful and overwhelming job and my heart goes out to you. I personally never want to experience it again. I will choose so much more carefully next time.

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