So a while back I bought a bunch of 5/8" HDPE from Mcmaster, and 25' of 1/2" to use as inserts. As you might imagine, I have a ton of extra 1/2" HDPE, so I'm hoping to make a few minis out of it. I'm wondering if it's possible to do this without 3/8" insert tubing, cuz I can't seem to find a place where you can order <25 ft of it, plus I'm lazy/poor (but would probably shell out <$5 inc shipping if I could find it somewhere).
Ideas? Or would 1/2" HDPE minis be too flimsy to bother making?
Thank you!! :)
Similar to your situation, I had a bunch of 1/2" polypro left (from using as inserts for 5/8"), and decided to make some twins (I think they're 26" in diameter) because my shoulders give me trouble and I was thinking that the 1/2" would make a pair of the lightest hoops possible for twin work. To connect, I slit a 3" piece of the tubing vertically so that it can compress, and wedged it into the end to connect the hoop. I haven't even bothered using a rivet or anything to hold them; the tubing expands to hold in place. I can still pull them apart if needed. I sanded the inside. They're about 130g each, quite a bit lighter than a set of the same size made with 1/2" PE.
Brilliant. Thanks :)
Yeah, I've switched to polypro but I don't want to just toss the HDPE in the trash. Plus having a non-melty pair of minis to keep in my car in the summer will be nice.
I did it!! It worked perfectly. :)))
HHmmm well if I were in your shoes I'd try using a wooden dowel the size connector you need and screws made to screw into wood. This will add weight. Since your using very light weight tubing it may not matter much :/. However, it may off balance the hula hoop depending how heavy it is.But it's worth a try, wooden dowels costs less than $3, not sure how much wood screws cost though. Not sure of a place that sells hdpe tubing that small but i'll look around.
Hmmm... I definitely don't want unevenly weighted hoops. But maybe I'll give this a shot if Trish's idea doesn't work. Thanks!
I've used wooden dowels on HDPE. The dowel connectors are light, hoops are not imbalanced.