Re: Is there such a thing as a kink free hose?
The "kink free" means the hose has internal ribs that permit some water flow when the hose is kinked. In my opinion, it's misleading hogwash. Vinyl hoses are junk. When exposed to heat from sunlight, the vinyl shrinks unevenly, causing the hose to get permanent twists that increase the likelihood of kinking.
The kinks you are experiencing in your hose reel are likely due to the hose being twisted before it is wound onto the reel. You might have some success by putting a closed nozzle on the end and turning on the faucet (to "inflate" the hose), stretching it all the way out in a straight line, and untwisting the hose prior to reeling it up.
The hose reel itself may be the culprit. Too often, the connector on the inside of the reel is positioned so that the hose will kink right at the end (beginning) when it's wound up; this is a poorly designed reel, not a bad hose. You might be able to whittle a curved, tapered shim to prevent kinking of the hose.
I prefer heavy-duty rubber hoses; they seem to be more resistant to crushing and kinking, won't crack, and don't get stiff in cold weather. They are a little heavier and may be harder to handle. Make sure the couplings at BOTH ends are made of machined brass, not stamped sheet metal brass.
For those of you reading this who don't have a hose reel, winding your hose in a figure-8 pattern can prevent kinking. If you are familiar with the "over-under" technique that professional audio companies use for their cables (think traveling rock concert), that works good, too.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.