We sometimes get asked the question as to whether it is possible to convert Gardiner Poles to a so called ‘hoseless’ or ‘tubeless’ setup.
First of all what is this referring to? It does not actually mean that the pole is being used without hose (currently just not possible to get water to the brush head without hose!). It is referring to a system that allows the pole hose to be disconnected from the base of the pole so that the pole can be stored on its own and the pole hose can be stored separately or reeled back on to the hose reel with the reel hose. Sometimes users even use just the reel hose and this then goes up inside the pole during use.
Are there any benefits to this? The benefit that some users like is that it allows their pole to store easily in the van without a coil of hose. The other benefit, depending on hoses used, is that no connectors are left trailing on the ground in use – this only applies if using the reel hose up inside the pole.
Are there any downsides to this? The pole hose still has to be stored somewhere. If using the reel hose up inside the pole then this is a lot heavier than lightweight pole hose and can be really noticeable when working with an extended pole.
So is it possible to convert a Gardiner Pole to a ‘hoseless’ or tubeless’ setup? Yes, it is. There are several aftermarket firms offering proprietary connector systems that allow conversion of our poles. Please be careful when fitting that no alterations are made to the pole material that would adversely affect the warranty.
Is it possible to DIY convert a Gardiner Pole to a ‘hoseless’ setup? Yes, it is and several of our clients have been doing this for years and have even sent in their methods of doing so.
This involves leaving a short tail of pole hose sticking out of the base of the pole and then fitting a male connector such as a male EZ-Snap plug. Then the coil of pole hose that you are using can connect to the with a female coupling and the couplings and hose gets pulled up inside the pole during use. The photos below show how this looks. This is the simplest method and has been in use by some for many years.
This is a more complex method. It uses all standard Gardiner supplied parts, apart from cheap John Guest plumbing inserts from B&Q.
The complete kit of parts needed -
- Buy a pack of John Guest 22mm pipe inserts from B&Q - about £3 for 5
2. Slide out the No.1 section from a Gardiner (or most other brands) pole
3. Wrap tape around the stem of this fitting until it is a tight fit in the base of the No.1 section -
4. Slide a length of pole hose (either PU or PVC) through and exit through the new fitting at the base
5. Fit a Rectus male fitting to the base of the pole hose, ensuring that the clip is as close to the male fitting as possible - Photo 7 - Then push this tightly into the John Guest fitting as shown
6. At the top end of the No.1 section, fit whichever gooseneck you want to use and then pull the pole hose as tight as possible out of the top of the gooseneck
7. Holding the pole hose tightly just above the gooseneck to stop it pulling back in, cut the pole hose above where you are holding it and push-fit on an 8mm-8mm straight connector with red locking clip already fitted to the pole hose
8. Let go of the pole hose and it will pull the 8mm-8mm fitting tight back against the gooseneck opening-
9. Slide the No.1 section back down into the pole
10. Connect your brush to the gooseneck and then connect the Brush T to the gooseneck connector with a short length of hose -
11. Remove the end cap from your pole and cut out a much larger hole with a sharp knife. There needs to be enough of a lip for the cap to stay in position on the base - Excuse the very rough hole cutting!
12. In use, connect the female coupling of the hose pack to the base of the pole, extend and use the pole -
13. When finished with the pole disconnect the female coupling by pulling back the collar and put the pole away
Why do Gardiner not sell this as an option on their poles? We do not feel that these systems offer enough real world benefit in use for the majority of our clients. As there are other aftermarket firms already offering this type of add-on we are happy to let clients source from these firms if required.