I required some new garden hose recently after having some problems with exisiting hoses when I was pressure washing. As I looked for new hose in Bunnings I almost thought I was in a comedy sketch. There were hoses guaranteed for 5 years, 8 years, 10 years. Exactly the same ones that I was having difficulty with. I had not tagged my old hoses with date of purchase but I knew that the ones that were failing were often less than 3 years old.
It seems the newer houses were thinner in the walls, making reliable attachment of connectors a problem. We have fairly strong water pressure so connectors and hose reliability are critically important. The hose bursting off connectors can be problem but the one that really cheeses me off is splits in the hose. When I finish a job the taps are turned off and the hoses emptied but during a job I may leave the taps on while I take a break and then sometimes hear the sound of running water due to a connector disconnecting or a split in the hose.
To ensure I can track hoses that are failing their warranties in future the sales docket is scanned and labelled with the brand and model of hose. I wrap the end near the tap of the hose with different coloured plastic tape eg: red/yellow/black to identify each hose with something waterproof. This is photographed and connected to the other data which gives me the date of purchase and a scan of the warranty. Takes about 15 minutes but I think it will be worth it. Has anyone had similar problems with thinner hoses splitting and popping off the connectors?