GARDEN HOSE TIPS If you drink from your water hose make sure it's designated for that. If you need to use hot water make sure your hose is designated for that. Make sure you know where your hose is laying - otherwise you could mow or drive a car over it. Choose heavy duty rubber hoses for commercial applications. A 100 ft hose full of water can get very heavy dragging it around. Avoid expandable hoses - they soon stop contracting properly and usually have crack-prone plastic couplings. Many reviewers have suggested, "Buying a cheap hose will give you nothing but grief." MAINTENANCE TIPS Drain hoses before frost sets in to prevent expanssion and breakage. Avoid dragging hose over rough surfaces like concrete.. Avoid leaving hoses in direct sunlight - this will effect their life Coil hoses that are not in use to prevent kinking and cracking.. Don't leave hoses where bikes and cars can run over them. Try to keep your hose from kinking - repeated kinks will form holes. Use a hose reel to store your hose.