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Old 03-16-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

Anybody here an expert on PVC pipe? Or on where you can buy thick wooden poles?

Ok, this might sound a little weird but I want a round tube or pole - around 4" diameter, that I can walk on like a balance beam. Obviously, it would be more difficult than a 4"x4" beam that is level.

All I can think of is 4" industrial PVC pipe, or somehow finding a place to buy 4" thick wooden poles.

How much weight can 4" PVC pipe support on top of it?
Any idea where I could buy wooden poles like that?

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Old 03-17-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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Re: PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

Depends on the unsupported length.

You could cut a length of 4" sch 80 pvc down it's length (so you have 2 semi-cylinders) and lay it on the floor and it would probably handle a 300lb person with no problem.

Unsupported- that pipe is not going to hold much weight at all, PVC pipe wasn't designed to be load bearing.
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Re: PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

Most home improvement stores (Lowes, Home Depot) will have landscape timber that has a nice radiused edge, and would be heavy enough to do what you want.
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Re: PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

Awesome, thank you!
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:48 PM   #5
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Re: PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

If there is a Tractor Supply near you, get a round fence post. A lot stronger than the smaller landscape timbers and a lot cheaper than 4" PVC pipe.

Here is a link - $9

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http://www.tractorsupply.com/fencing....%20x%208%20ft.
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Re: PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

The reason I couldn't find those fence posts before, is because my local Home Depots don't carry them. I searched online, and found a store that has them 15 miles away. Problem solved, thanks guys!
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Re: PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

The wood poles will probably work out best but you could always go with the PVC and fill it with concrete and rebar. That would pretty much support you, the rest of your family, and a truck.
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Re: PVC Pipe / wooden poles for balance

The wooden fence post is pretty tough to balance on so far, as expected. I imagine the PVC being even smoother will be loads tougher. The fence post was actually cheaper too. I'm going to stick with the fence post for now.
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