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Old 03-08-2006, 08:27 AM   #1
Joseph Hart
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I have come across enough galvanized pipe and elbows to make some squat racks. How can I secure the peices together other than putting the gorilla death grip on them? Isn't welding galvanized items a bad thing? I don't want them to take a powder if I unceremoniously rack the bar.

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Old 03-08-2006, 09:34 AM   #2
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Joseph, you may be surprised at how tight you can get them with the gorilla method if you have a helper and two pipe wrenches.

My son and I built our rack, cut and threaded everything ourselves and it's incredibly strong. We've had 525# on it quite a few times (not my squat btw) and it doesn't blink. Haven't had a major drop with heavy weight though.

However, you could spot weld your galvanized iron without too much danger as long as it's in a well venilated area. Instead of running a bead all the way around the joint just hit it two or three spots. I'm eventually going to do that to ours when I break down and borrow my buddy's welder.
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:38 AM   #3
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Get, or borrow a pipe wrench. They are under $20. YOu could buy one and take it back, if you don't think you;ll nned it again. The jaws are angled and grip the pipe. You'll be suprised how much tighter you can get them....
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Old 03-08-2006, 06:21 PM   #4
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Try loc-tite, it's a liquid that helps keep threaded pipe tight. That AND the pipe wrenches.

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Old 03-08-2006, 07:36 PM   #5
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Pipe wrenches. You don't have to worry about loc-tite. I have built numerous structures out of pipe with no problems. If you would like to weld it also, the ventilated area is good, but go ahead and wear a dust mask also, that's all our welders ever wore, and none of them developed zinc poisoning.

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Old 03-09-2006, 05:35 AM   #6
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Here are some ideas. The squat stands are welded but the other items are not.

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Old 03-09-2006, 06:12 PM   #7
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Home Depot shopping trip. HMMMM tools.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:17 PM   #8
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Tony,

Nice work there! Those farmers walk handles are awesome!
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:23 AM   #9
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Thanks Bret. They've held 180# each several times. Worth having even at light weights to keep dumbbell plates off the legs.
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