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Old 02-11-2006, 11:31 PM   #1
Greg Kemp
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I am going to make some Paralletes and the CFJ has them being made from pvc or abs. Will that hold my weight at 230 lbs? Or should I step up and make it out of plumbers pipe?
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:45 AM   #2
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I think PVC will be fine, but if you want to be on the safe side get the stronger one. If you make sure the length of the paralletes aren't too long (causing more pressure in the middle) {mine in the pic below are quite long} and you get a decent thickness it should be fine, a thickness you can grip your hand around that is..

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Old 02-12-2006, 01:39 PM   #3
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I've got a set made exactly from the CF journal specifications. I used 1.5" pvc. I weigh 170 but I've had guys that weigh 270 do handstands on it with no problem. It did make me nervous though...

I'd follow Nikki's advice about shortening the length of the horizontal bar.
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:54 PM   #4
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Greg, I just fab'ed a couple of paralletes from 1.25" Sched. 40 PVC. Handles 12" long with 6" uprights and 6" feet. I'm 220# my friend is 270# and it showed no flex.

If you're worried, I'd go with a 9"-11" handle out of Sched. 80 PVC. And don't forget to PVC glue it (at least for the elbows) Also scuffed the handles with large grit sand paper (worked very well to create small grooves down the length.) I made a couple of different heights for 'L' sits and shorter ones for handstands. So I have 3 different handles with elbows and uprights glued together with 4 separate bases that I can interchange.

Just my $.02.
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Old 02-12-2006, 04:08 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I just got back from Home Depot and was set with the 1.25 PVC, elbows and caps, but they were out of the T's. :-( I will have to try again. For whatever reason it amazes me that PVC is that strong. I would have never thought.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:13 AM   #6
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Would 'pushup grips' like these Nike ones be a viable alternative to making your own?

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageNIKE-NPUG.html

I'll see if I can buy some out here in Australia otherwise, if that fails, I WILL have to make some!
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:10 AM   #7
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Greg, if it is not too late, my advice would be to use schedule 80, 2" (OD--I think the inside diameter is 1-1/2") PVC. Some will consider it overkill, but at 270 lbs. I was not going to take any chances. The resulting parallets are bulletproof, and schedule 80 pipe is not that expensive.
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:04 PM   #8
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does anyone have experience making parallettes around 24" long so it's possible to do pirouettes?

I bought some pipe and made a pair a couple weeks ago and they bent in half without me even putting my full 140lbs. on them-I think they were something else-not pvc or even abs because they were so weak. (I shortened them to 12" and they are alright for now)

I was going to try real pvc sched. 80 but was wondering if any of you had experience with longer parallettes before I try making new ones?
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Old 02-14-2006, 09:49 AM   #9
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If you want to work pirouettes I strongly recommend framing out the parallettes and using wood rails (sched 80 PVC may be ok). But side to side stability will be critical, so wide base and the two rails need to be connected.
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Old 02-14-2006, 08:50 PM   #10
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This thread may help:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/20/2495.html

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