Question about Hozelock 2490 Auto Reel 20m Hose 12.5mm
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Hozelock Auto Reel
I took it apart by unscrewing the 2 halves of the plastic cover making sure the hose was fully wound up as the spring mechanism can be dangerous. Extreme care must be taken. I can now get lubrication on to the spring. The manufacturers will not tell you how to do this due to health and safety rules.
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
This sort of problem affects all sorts of retractable things as they age - tape measures, vacuum cleaner cords, car seat belts...
Mostly such things contain a very long flat steel spring that is coiled inside and pulling out the hose, tape measure, etc. coils the spring more tightly storing energy to rewind when needed. Unfortunately few such designs use a spring that is strong enough to overcome the additional friction that accumulates with age and use. Lubricant applied when new loses effectiveness, smooth surfaces become less smooth and use produces dust that has a further negative effect and things like cables and hoses lose flexibility and smoothness meaning they need more power to rewind effectively.
Over the years I have variously taken such items apart to clean, lubricate and retension the spring. Sometimes I have drilled a small hole in the casing to the spring chamber and sprayed a lot of WD-40 in there while working the mechanism. With seatbelts and cables I find a dry silicone spray to make the belt or cable and it's guides slippery works well without disturbing the spring.
My final advice is if you remove the cover of the spring chamber always keep at least one hand on the spring. Do not put it down and do not let it go or you could believe for a second you are being attacked by an angry cat and rewinding those springs by hand is hard and tedious work...
Posted on Mar 23, 2017
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