Kevin Mark Klughart

PhD, PE, JD, MIP, LLM

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Hose Reel

 

A friend of mine wanted to replace the hose reel attached to his house with one having a little more Texas flare.  The result was a "Texas Star" hose reel fabricated out of 16-gauge steel and 3/8-inch round bar.  This design has gone through several iterations, but it appears that the best approach is to fabricate the hose reel bracket out of a single piece of sheet metal and use a box-and-pan brake to form it into the desired shape after notching it for appropriate curvature.  TIG welds on the notch points and outer circular ring as well as MIG welds to secure it to the Texas Star complete the project.  

The unit shown here has a 16-inch diameter outer ring and approximately a 6-inch depth...

The mounting plate is designed to just be covered by the body of the Texas Star...

Note the mounting holes are best drilled BEFORE forming the mounting bracket in the box-and-pan brake...

Here MIG welds tie the Texas Star to the mounting bracket.  TIG was used to mount the Texas Star to the outer ring.  Note the fold over in the mounting bracket outer edge to prevent accidental cuts...

The next revision of this will form the Texas Star out of a single piece of sheet steel rather than TIGing individual star points together.  This can be accomplished using a standard 90-degree sheet metal notcher.

 

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Kevin Mark Klughart

Registered Patent Attorney, USPTO

3825 Leisure Lane, Denton, TX 76210-5589

tel: 800-353-1211 / 940-320-0580  -  fax 940-320-0581

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