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Old 03-26-2020, 06:46 AM   #1
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Water Hose Reel

I’m hoping that someone here can offer a solution to repairing my water hose reel which isn’t in tension anymore . I developed a leak at the elbow and when I pulled the hose out all the way to get to the elbow and repair it, the spring loaded reel essentially removed all the tension at once violently which looking back could have broken my arm very easily if not severed it that’s how violently it removed all the tension at once. Have any of you experienced this and if so what did you do to repair it or is it a loss cause? Tried looking up a solution within this forum and was unsuccessful. Attached is a picture of mine which should be the same as those on here. Thanks in advance for your help!

UPDATE:
Well as luck would have it, I was able to pry apart the plastic housing which was held together with pop rivets which was a bugger to remove but patience paid off. Once I removed the plastic casing it was evident that the end of the spring had come off the wheel (Attached pictures).

I then took the socket and placed it over the end of the cog and wound it up as tight as I could with the latch in the locked position and held it together in place and quickly placed the plastic casing back into place and bingo it worked! I then replaced the pop rivets with screws to hold it in place and then took the socket and tightened it down some more for additional tension.

I looked on-line just to see what a similar hose reel would cost and I just saved about $350 which I could use for additional camping equipment. It pays to be a DIY’er. Thank You guys for your input which is invaluable.
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I am assuming the spring broke at one end or however it is retained let it go.
Either way, I would open it up and examine and see what part(s) are broken and if they are available as a serviceable component.

Not more to it than that I am sure.

Isn't the spring contained within the housing? How would it "break an arm"? Yes, a torsion spring (think garage door) can contain a bunch of energy.
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