Insulated Water Hoses?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MamacatPatch, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. MamacatPatch

    MamacatPatch Songster

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    Since we use our water hoses all summer to keep the animals watered, I was trying to think of a way to use them all winter and found some websites that sell insulated or heated water hoses. Some sites had instructions on rigging up your own hose for winter use! It seems like it could work and would sure be less expensive than buying a new fancy hose! If I could figure out a way to keep use our hoses all winter, it would save us SO much work, time, effort and hassle!

    Anyone done this? What did you do exactly? Trying to compare notes, get more information and see if there is a way make this happen!

    Many thanks!



    Marci
     

  2. jomoncon

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    Can you post the link for these insulated hoses? I never realized they made such things.
     
  3. MamacatPatch

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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    after looking at the price I'd like to see someones home made also.
     
  5. MamacatPatch

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  6. RIBill

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    OK, never made an insulated hose but here's a simple approach. Cover the hose with bags of leaves. It probably wouldn't work all winter, but you would probably get another month of use. One other thing, PEX (cross linked polyethylene) is supposed to tollerate frozen water. You could make a hose out of that. Ideally, you would bury a water line below the frost line. At mid latitudes, you could probably get away with a garden hose burried, for a short time anyway.
     
  7. wildorchid053

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    what about the heat tape you use on your plumbing. we have water pipes that go through the garage ceiling to a bathroom above.. it is freezing here in upstate ny and the heated tapes keep the pipes from freezing.. wonder if it would work for the coop??? our heat tape has a built in thermostat so runs when needed
     

  8. jason_boivin

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    As a kid we had about 30-35 horses and everyday we would water the horses then unhook from the spiget and walk the hose from start to end holding it over your head.
    I know its not exactely where this thread was going but for those of us on a tight budgets it works.
     
  9. HorizonSon

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    Quote:That's how we clear out the hose, too :)
     
  10. MamacatPatch

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    Quote:Some of the sites mentioned in detail about how to wrap up a hose with that heat tape! But it has to be plugged in somewhere?
     

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