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Old 04-26-2008, 02:07 AM   #1
Mike Marin
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home made Parallettes

I just built some parallettes using the instruction from CFJ 13. I used the schedule 40 PVC pipe and they look freakin' AWESOME! But I've been reading alot about people having issues with their parallettes not being strong enough or feeling shaky while using them.

I weigh about 210lbs. Should I use schedule 80 PVC or ABS pipe instead? Or will the S40's hold up okay?

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Old 04-26-2008, 07:34 AM   #2
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Re: home made Parallettes

If they feel unstable, just shorten them a little.
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:04 AM   #3
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Re: home made Parallettes

I am not sure what I used, but it is 1.5in diameter and i only made them 18in long. I don't even think the give at all. I only weight 160, but if they are not giving at that I think it would be very minimal at 210. let us know how they work. I love mine. I like trying l-sits to handstands, but I am not very good at it.
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:45 AM   #4
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Re: home made Parallettes

Mike,

I think many of the problems were from improper assembly. Make sure you use the pvc primer and the pvc cement, don't skip the primer step. Cut pieces as straight as possible.

I recently made a set using 1.5" sch40 that are 18" high and 24" long. They hold up fine, several people around 250lbs use them regularly.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:28 AM   #5
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Re: home made Parallettes

Im 200 and i primed and glued mine, they feel stout as can be.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:28 PM   #6
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Re: home made Parallettes

Used 1.0 sch 40 and couplers all end to end, use them mostly for pushups with feet elevated. Made them low to the ground and about 12-14 inches long. They work great. 315 lbs.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:43 PM   #7
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Re: home made Parallettes

You can always run a wooden dowel through the handle portion and into the corner caps to further add some strengh to the setup. Overkill, would be a metal core.

I had originally planned this when making some longer paralettes, but found it wasn't needed in the end.
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