Any tool in the hands of an inexperienced beginner is going to be a challenge.
Remember the first time you had to set up your 4 point transit to shoot a grade?
I think I walked circles around the tripod for about a half hour trying to balance out the levelers. Don’t even get me started on calibrating a digital laser level !
So suffice to say that a beginner gardener using a simple convenient on site garden hose to visually assist in the preliminary layout might prove to be a little challenging.
But hey, it’s just a hose and eventually any moron can figure out how to work with one.
The tough part is not moving the hose , it’s understanding the aesthetics and function of line.
In my professional design business I’m not embarrassed to use any tool that can get a visual point across. If a hose is conveniently available on site I’m going to reach for it to help my client visualize a layout.
And I will encourage gardeners anywhere to try this visual aide. It’s cheap, easy and efficient.
Where the important aspect comes in, is understanding form, line and function.
You can be armed with a bucket full of wooden stakes or a digital laser , but if you don’t have an understanding of line, form and function, you’re just as useless whether you’re using a hose or a laser.
Below : A 3/4 inch pvc pipe was used to layout the curves.
From Before and After From Before and After
While on site the first day with my clients I reached for a hose and laid out the curve.
During the actual site construction a 3/4 inch piece of pvc was used to layout the arc.
From R E D
Once again a hose was used to visually assist the clients on site when describing the layout of the curve.
Another use for a hose : a level.
Much to my chagrin, after purchasing a very expensive laser level the stone masons opted to use a simple clear hose to set the levels on all of the stone work.
Evidently , men with no formal education and little knowledge of the english language can actually use a hose ! - Imagine that. ( smirk )
You guessed it, that darn hose was used again on site to help the homeowners visualize the spatial layout. They actually bent down and moved the hose themselves !
See what a college degree can do for you ... give you confidence to move a hose.
From Beach House
Note digital level on site - not used for laying out the curves but for setting the grade.
Stakes used to layout the new deck and locate the edges of the bender board.
From Beach House
Once again, a convenient on site hose was used to visually assist in preliminary layout, there it is sitting there on the ground behind the table showing the layout of the new bar.