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I wanted to get the garden ready for the summer and decided that it would be a good thing if I finally bought a hosepipe.I have been ferrying jugs of water from the water butt to the plants for months , and if nothing it will save my legs ,. know there are constant water bans and restrictions for using them whenever England gets a bit hotter , but realized that I could always attach it to my water butt.
I looked online for a good quality reel and finally found the Hozelock Compact on amazon.co.uk for the bargain price of just £20.00 including postage and packing .I duly ordered it and waited for the delivery .
Four days later ( super saver delivery ) a van pulled up outside and the driver got out a huge box.I wondered what it was , the box was far too large to be holding a compact reel surely ? But No ! it was the reel inside the box the reel was set inside about 40ft of brown packing paper ...(so much for saving the environment !)
1. Reel - Green plastic with grey handle
2. hosepipe 30 mtr Length - white and yellow
3. packet with attachments - yellow and grey nozzles washers etc
4. 2 sheets of paper with visual instructions .
When I looked at the instruction sheet, I could see I was going to have problems , there was no clear indication of what goes where.It was like a Chinese puzzle ,So it was going to be a case of hit and miss until I managed to set it up . Or so I thought !
Twenty minutes after trying to set the hosepipe and reel up both myself and my husband were getting really frustrated,we couldn't make head nor tail of the easy use instruction sheet , how this company thought that a sheet of paper with a few pictures would help assemble this I have no idea ? so I did the only logical thing I could think of and went to the manufacturers website.After trailing through all of their how to videos I finally came upon the one I wanted, good thing too or I could have still been trying to assemble the reel a week later !
After watching a short video it was perfectly simple to assemble the hosepipe and reel ,
Firstly you have to unreel the entire 30 meters of hose from the reel
there are only 2 screws to remove from the reel so you can attach the pipe .
A few fiddly bits , like placing a spring inside the hose to prevent kinking of the hose, after you have reattached the hose to the inlet , you have to re reel the hosepipe onto the reel, leaving several feet at the other end .This you need to cut to length so you can set up the water flow from the tap to the reel.
Once this is done you are ready to go !
The actual hose and reel work a treat,no leaking from either end ...must mean we actually put it together properly !
I only have the minor niggle about the instructions not being good enough .
So although I would recommend this product it is losing a star I give it 4/5 because of the lack of instructions .I would recommend that anyone buying this or any other Hozelock product look at the website for clear and concise step -by-step video instructions.( well that is if you are as inept as me )
*This review can also be found on Ciao under my username Tara91