Are there desirable performance and durability characteristics, as well as proper methods of handling and storing concrete hose? Certainly there are, and knowledge of the facts should help the contractor get the most out of his hose in terms of long wear and low replacement costs. Concrete hose is rugged and able to take abuse, but some recommendations for handling can be of value to the user. A) avoid kinking or flattening the hose. Otherwise a permanent set will be taken at the point of the kink- whether the hose is a hardwall or softwall type. If it is hardwall hose (wire-reinforced), the kink will either retire the hose from service or cause severe wear to localize in the area of the kink and again cause premature failure. If the hose is softwall (non-wire-reinforced), it will continue to kink in this area and cause serious handling problems. B) in storage, dip the hose in straight lengths (again to avoid kinking). Cover the hose and keep it in a cool area to avoid weather checking (tiny cracks caused by air and sunlight). C) Avoid exposing the hose to oil or grease, as the cover is compounded to resist abrasion, not oil base products.