I am going through the second winter with my pole barn. I installed a yard hydrant in the barn when it was built.
I have a hose reel that I keep in the barn during the warm season. Several times during the winter I have wanted wash salt off of my work truck & tractors in the barn when the temp gets above freezing.
The problem is that during the winter the hoses are kept in an insulated building that is about 500 feet from the pole barn.
It is a pain to drag the hose reel or hoses up to the barn & then take it back after I am finished. Another problem this year is that we have had some many days below zero that the hoses froze in the insulated building.
That has never happened before.
This week I came up with a solution to the problem. The ceiling in my barn is 14'. I decided to get 2 - 25 foot hoses & hang them from the ceiling so the water will drain out of them after use.
Yesterday I went to Menards to get materials. I looked in the area that used to be the garden department. No more garden department. I ask a worker where the hoses were. I was told they were moved to the outdoor garden center.
My first thought was that this was a stupid move, but it turned out to be OK. It was about 11 degrees, so I got to see how stiff the hoses were when it was very cold. The 25 foot hoses were so stiff that I was afraid they were gong to to break.
They had some 50 foot Flexzilla. Those hoses were more flexible than a lot of hoses are at 80 degrees.
I got a 50 footer & 2 ends. I also got a 3" clothes line pulley & nylon rope. I made 2 - 25 foot hoses out of the 50 footer. I hung the close line pulley from the ceiling, tied an old wire spool to the rope & ran the rope up through the pulley.
It works great.