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Old 01-07-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
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DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

I've found it handy to use 5/8 lb (10 oz) fractional plates for microloading as two 5/8 lb plates = 1-1/4 lbs and so forth. I know I should really be using metric but that is another story. The problem is that, unless you want to use the magnetic platemates, it is a challenge to find 5/8 lb plates.

What I recently found was a 2” EMT compression connector in the electrical isle at Lowes for $5.34 each. After removing one of the threaded pieces the item weighed exactly 10-1/8 oz on my digital kitchen scale.

The photos show the connector with all of its fittings off the shelf and with one ring removed to get it down to 5/8 lb.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:40 AM   #2
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Re: DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

Funny this thread should come up. I actually just purchased some fractional "plates".... and by plates, I mean 2" washers.

http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...u=96017&ucst=t (wfs)

2 of these bad boys is just a few thousandths of a pound over 1.25lbs. I bought 6, and when I pick them up on Monday, with shipping, the cost will only be $22. Then I can go up in increments of 1.25lb, 2.5lb, 3.75lb. Good deal to me
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

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Funny this thread should come up. I actually just purchased some fractional "plates".... and by plates, I mean 2" washers.

http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...u=96017&ucst=t (wfs)

2 of these bad boys is just a few thousandths of a pound over 1.25lbs. I bought 6, and when I pick them up on Monday, with shipping, the cost will only be $22. Then I can go up in increments of 1.25lb, 2.5lb, 3.75lb. Good deal to me
If you wanted to go up in smaller jumps, you could also drill some holes in those washers to get the weight down to 1/2 or even 1/4 lb.
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If you wanted to go up in smaller jumps, you could also drill some holes in those washers to get the weight down to 1/2 or even 1/4 lb.
Yeah, I could. 1lb jumps would be ideal... but I'll stick with the unadulterated product
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:49 PM   #5
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Re: DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

Bo, your're going to be happy with those
washers as fractionals. I have a local
Fastenal store and bought 6 of those
size washers last fall ($16.00 out the door).

I have mixed kg and lb. bumpers and in
addition to incremental weight jumps they
balance out the slight differences in the
Rx WOD weights. (i.e., 45-lb bar and 2x20 kg
bumpers is ony 133 lbs., the washers get
me up to 135 lbs.)
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:21 PM   #6
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Re: DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

Thanks Bo, Gonzalo & James,

I went ahead and ordered some of those 2”, 0.63 lb washers today to add to my collection of fractional “plates”. I saw those older threads about the 2” washers but didn't realize that they were so close to 5/8 lbs. Also didn't know that there was a Fastenal vendor just around the corner from my office and I've only been there for ten years!
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Re: DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

I picked up my washers today. $24 out the door for 6 of them. I can go up in 1.25lb, 2.5lb, and 3.75lb increments.

This is a picture of me just testing if they'd fit on the bar. (wfs)

Works for me!
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:33 PM   #8
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Re: DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

Bo, those are very nice. Amazing price. The Fastenal salesman asked me if I needed them for an industrial project and I found myself pondering whether or not it was worth it to try to explain what I would really be doing with them.
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I picked up my washers today. $24 out the door for 6 of them. I can go up in 1.25lb, 2.5lb, and 3.75lb increments.

This is a picture of me just testing if they'd fit on the bar. (wfs)

Works for me!
My 2 Fastenal washers (as per your photo) arrived and are perfect. Four washers were $12.80 and, as billed, they weigh almost exactly 10 oz each.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:41 PM   #10
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Re: DIY 5/8 lb fractional plates

Making your own is deffinately a better option than buying plates. I made mine out of chain.
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