> I've seen setups where you put a remote shutoff away from
> the house connected to an outside spigot, but I'm not sure I
> trust the hose between the two not to leak or burst if left on
> all summer long.
I have done exactly this using a remote hose tower that I picked up at
I have not had any problems with the hose between the tower and the spigot
on the house bursting, and it has been just over three years since I
installed the tower. I think the key thing with hoses is to buy the best
one you can. I also don't leave my hoses out beyond the end of October, so
they never see any freezes.
The tower itself is holding up well. No leaks from the connections or its
own built in faucet and the finish is still very excellent - perhaps some
slight fading, but no chipping and no rusting.
I installed the tower by removing one of the EP Henry patio blocks where I
wanted the tower installed. I then drilled four holes in a square pattern
in the center of the block, and chiseled out the center. I removed a little
bit of the compacted base under the block, reinstalled the block, dropped
the tower through the square hole in the block, and packed the gap along the
sides with some polymetric patio sand seam filler. The tower, despite
everyone tugging on the hose all the time, has not moved at all.
Kai M. Radicke