How to Make a Hose Reel Out of a Tire Rim

Hoses can easily become a tangled, mangled mess.
Hoses can easily become a tangled, mangled mess. (Image: garden hose image by Sirena Designs from

Hoses left unattended can become a twisted, tangled mess. Hose reels are one solution to keeping hoses neat and organized. While there are manufactured hose reels available on the market, a simple hose reel can be fabricated out of an old tire rim using a few simple components that can be found at a local hardware store. Recycling an old tire rim for a hose reel is an economical and environmental solution to storing hoses.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 3-inch galvanized floor flanges, 4-hole
  • 4 bolts, 3/8 inch
  • 3-inch galvanized pipe, threaded at each end, 6 inches long
  • Used tire rim
  • Pipe wrench
  • Power drill
  • 3/8 inch socket wrench

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Place a three inch flange on the wall or part of a structure where the hose reel will be attached. Make a mark of screw hole locations.

Drill holes for 3/8 inch bolts using a power drill.

Attach the three inch flange. Mount a three-inch flange on the mounting surface using 3/8 inch bolts. Tighten the bolts with a power drill or with a 3/8 inch socket wrench.

Screw one end of the three-inch galvanized pipe into the attached flange. Tighten the pipe using a pipe wrench.

Place the used rim on the galvanized pipe with the pipe going through the hole in the center of the rim.

Attach the three-inch flange to the end of the galvanized pipe. The flange on this end of the pipe is to keep the rim from sliding off the pipe.

Tips & Warnings

  • To prevent abrasion, apply a piece of rigid plastic or sheet of smooth material behind the mounting surface of the tire rim. Apply a thin amount of axle grease to the galvanized pipe.
  • Be careful that the mounting surface is strong enough to support hose reel. If tightening 3/8 inch bolts with power drill, be careful not to over-torque bolts so as not to strip-out bolt holes.
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