I don’t know how in-depth you guys wanna go with everything in Rust but changing hoses and cables into something similar to rope and christmas lights where it is counted in ft’s would be cool.
Cables could be crafted from copper and you get copper by smelting oxide ores. You could mine oxide ores from the walls in caving systems, this would add even more demand to go into cave systems.
Althought hoses are probably made from silicone I figured it would be cool to extract rubber from trees by crafting a bowl / extractor from wood.
This could make tree farms a thing, walled off. Y high external walls.
Additionally these items can be used in crafting other things such as a better plumbing system made with copper and insulated with rubber, combat gloves crafted out of leather and rubber, etc.