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Working Out the Kinks

Q: I can't seem to coil a hose without it kinking. I'm left-handed—is that the problem? —Lee Daley, Edison, N.J.

A: I don't think that matters, but it could be your hose. Rubber hoses like the ones shown here don't kink as easily as vinyl hoses. Also, try this technique: Drain the hose, lay it out straight, then wrap it around the base of a trash can. Now lift the can off your nice, neat coil. Once you get the hang of it, try it without the can. —Roger Cook, TOH Landscape Contractor

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