Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Garden Hose Trivia Quiz

When you work for a company that sells garden hose, you learn a lot of interesting little tidbits about garden hose history, construction, materials and other garden hose trivia. You may think you know your garden hoses, but how well will you do in this little garden hose trivia quiz?
What Color Is the Most Common Garden Hose Color?
Most garden hoses are either green or black, but they may come in just about any color. One exception is a drinking safe garden hose typically used to fill the potable water tank in RVs or boats. They’re generally white. One of the newest types of garden hose, the coil garden hose, comes in a number of different colors, including blue, red and green.
What Is the Most Common Diameter for Garden Hoses?
You can get a garden hose in diameters ranging from 1/2 inch garden hose to 1 inch water hose, but the most common diameter for household use is a 5/8 inch garden hose.
What Size Garden Hose Delivers Twice as Much Water as a 1/2 Inch Garden Hose?
If you guessed that a 1 inch water hose delivers twice the volume of water as a 1/2 inch garden hose, you’d be wrong. In fact, a 3/4 inch garden hose delivers twice the volume of water as a 1/2 inch hose.
Which Is Better – a 100-foot Garden Hose or Two 50-Foot Garden Hoses?
It depends. If you have to reach a garden between 50 and 100 feet away from your house, the 100-foot garden hose makes sense. If you typically only need a 50-foot hose but occasionally need one that’s longer, you’re actually better off getting a second hose and connecting the two. Here’s why. Water loses pressure as it goes through a hose or pipe. The further the water has to travel, the more pressure it loses. It’s impractical to use a 100-foot garden hose to water garden that’s less than 50 feet from the spigot – and you’ll end up with a tangled, kinked hose more often than not.
What’s the Thread Gauge Garden Hose Fittings?
The standard for US garden hoses is known as Garden Hose Thread, or GHT. It has an outer diameter of 1 1/16 inches, 1.0625 inches (27.0 mm) and a pitch of 11.5 TPI. US garden hose standards are not compatible with the standard used in most of the rest of the world, BSP.
Then again, if you ask for a garden hose in the UK, the shopkeep probably won’t know what you’re looking for. One last bit of garden hose trivia: in the UK, the common garden hose goes by the name hosepipe.

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