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Old 01-19-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
Angela Childress
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I'm wanting to make some PVC Paralletes (sp?). Is there a certain thickness or PSI PVC that I should use or is recommended. And does anyone have any links to specific plans or directions?

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Old 01-19-2007, 05:28 PM   #2
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1.5 inch schedule 40 works well.

Here are the plans from Drills and Skills: http://www.drillsandskills.com/skills/cond (Work Family Safe)
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:29 PM   #3
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I used the 1.25" and they're "ok", I should have used the 1.5". Now granted, I'm also 6'2" & 250-ish pounds so there's a little more give with me on them with lighter people. The drills & skills page is the one that I looked at about 8 months ago when I started CrossFit and the plans are easy enough that I didn't have to reference them when I built mine 1 week ago. Good luck, and Happy CrossFitting.
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:45 PM   #4
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I used 1.5" PVC and the plans in the CF Journal (#13, Sep '03).

Quick, easy and the parallettes are bomber.
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:35 PM   #5
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I think part of my issue was that I made my parallettes fairly tall, about 18-24 inches. I have enough piping left over that I can make a set that are about 8-10 inches, I'll make them and see how they do.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:54 AM   #6
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Yeah, the CFJ #13 is the way to go.

10 foot length of 1.5" pvc pipe
Cut into 2x24"
4 x 8"
8 x 5"
Get 4 elbows, 4 "T"s and 8 end caps.

24" are the handles, the 8" are the risers and the 5" are for the base.

Glue them together.
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:29 PM   #7
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Thanks Keith.

I literally wrote out your direction and left for HD about an hour ago. A guy working in the store cut all the lengths for me! 10 minutes in my garage to assemble and glue, they should be ready to go after an hour or two of drying.

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Old 01-20-2007, 02:52 PM   #8
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question: how many of y'all have glued your parallettes together?

mine are glue-free, and they're doing all right so far. then again, i don't weight much.

thoughts?
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:12 PM   #9
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I used 1" sch40 pipe. Feels fine to me. Then again I'm 5'4", 135lbs and have small hands.
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:46 PM   #10
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Just to remove any worry at all, I glued everything on mine except where the vertical sections go into the Tee at the base. It's perfectly safe because my weight holds the vertical pipe into the Tee, and that way I can twist the base 90 degrees and the whole thing is then flat, making it much easier to toss into the car or stash under the bed (I keep a second set very handy at home for practicing L-sits while watching "24").
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