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Old 01-08-2004, 01:15 PM   #1
Ryan Hagenbuch
 
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I would like to make a set of the homemade PVC parallettes, but I'm concerned that they might break. I weigh 250 lbs. Has anyone else my size used them without problems or should I consider making them from different material (and if so what material, ex. pipe)?
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Old 01-08-2004, 02:40 PM   #2
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I'm 190, and have never doubted my parallettes. In fact, I stood on just one of them to stress test it, and it showed no signs of failing.
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Old 01-08-2004, 03:48 PM   #3
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Weight limit will depend on the length of the horizontal section. If very short (just longer than your grip) it will easily hold the 250. If it's long (2 feet or so) then I'm not sure. I have been using my parallettes for about 7 years now, never had any doubts about strength. I'm about 180lbs. I've also done weighted exercises on them so that they are holding a 200+ lb load without any trouble.
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Old 01-08-2004, 04:38 PM   #4
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Ryan:

I made mine with 1-1/4" PVC pipe, with the portion that you grip not terribly long (about 15 inches, which is slightly shorter than usually recommended), and the vertical portions about 6 or 7 inches.

I've had guys up to 265 pounds on them without any sign of material stress.
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Old 01-08-2004, 04:48 PM   #5
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Ryan,
Here's my recipe...
2ea. 1" x 10" pipe nipple
4ea. 1" to 3/4" female-female reducing elbow
4ea. 3/4" female "T"
4ea. 3/4" x 6" pipe nipple
8ea. 3/4" x 5" pipe nipple
8ea. 3/4" pipe caps
The larger 1" pipe makes for a more comfortable cross beam. Use the 6" pieces for the risers and the 5" pieces are the legs.
It's more expensive than the PVC version but they're bombproof as well.

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Old 01-09-2004, 05:25 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. Chris, I assume these pipes just screw together and don't have to be welded? How much did it cost to make your version? Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:55 AM   #7
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Ryan,

Welcome to Crossfit.

If you haven’t already decided on and/or bought the metal pipes, I have another option you may be interested in. I constructed my set of parallettes per the instructions with one exception. For the horizontal bars I substituted wood for the PVC pipe. I purchased the wood at a Home Depot. It was the same type of piece used for hand railings on stairs. With a very small amount of filing I was able to pound (using a rubber mallet) the ends into 2” length 1.5” diameter PVC collars. This way they would fit into the elbow joints with no problems. My set has 22” of workable length – long enough to practice pirouettes if you’re so inclined. It’s held my 215# without a problem for the past 9 months. This morning I walked (and bounced a little) on them holding a 45# plate – no squeaks or cracks at all, not a sound. Also I’ve heard wood is easier on the hands than metal (maybe Chris can let us know for sure). It cost only slightly higher than making them entirely of PVC pipe.

Just a thought,

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Old 01-09-2004, 12:33 PM   #8
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Thanks, Ryan. This could be an otpion. I just want to look into cost and material strength and then I'll make my decision on materials.
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Old 01-09-2004, 02:41 PM   #9
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I think the cost on the metal ones was around $30. I'm sure that's a lot more than the PVC but, the assembly was really easy since the parts all just screwed together. I like Ryan A.'s idea on using wood for the cross pieces and I'm sure it does feel a little better on the hands.
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Old 02-03-2004, 11:55 PM   #10
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Hey Ryan,
Great post on the parallettes!!.. Curious as to what width you are using?
Thank you,
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