Hello hoop fairies,
I have a dilemma out here in Arizona. The Lowe's I used to buy my tubing from to make beginner hoops and now switched from Silverline Sil-o-flex to ADS brand and now the hoops come out wonky and unhoopable. When I go online to order from Lowe's, they say I can only ship to store that already has the tubing I'm looking for (which is not helping my lack of tubing dilemma). I'd love to find a supplier that's reasonably priced as hooping supply is quoting double what I used to pay at Lowe's.
Anyone have the item numbers for McMaster Carr or know a website where they specifically sell the Silverline Sil-o-flex brand? I'm looking to make hoop from 3/4" 100 psi, 3/4" 160 psi, and 1/2" 125 psi hoops black tubing for beginner and intermediate hoopers.
Love, Light and Spirals to you all!
Hey Jessica! So that explains the wonkier hoops.....I was having the same frustration. Didn't realize they'd changed the brand, but now that I look at my tubing, I see my latest stuff is the ADS. For my 100 PSI 3/4 inch, I've been using the Blu-Lock from Sprinkler World. I get it at the one on about 20th St and Indian School. You can buy it in 100 feet and 300 feet, and it's about the same price as the Lowe's old stuff, I think. For my lightweight hoops, I've been using PEX pipe lately. It's a little lighter than the 1/2 inch 125 psi I used to use, and the PEX has been making less wonky hoops. I'm really liking it. Don't have a solution for the 160 psi for you. But I'll let you know if I find anything. - Pam
I've been really frustrated with this hoop tubing situation. I finally broke down and bought tubing from discount hoop supply (that unfortunately was double the price). Thank you so much for the resources! You ROCK! I'm not really familiar with PEX pipe. Do you get it in 1/2" and at Lowe's? Is there any other specs I should be aware of when purchasing?
It's white in color (and also blue and red, I think). It's PEX tubing, 1/2 inch, 100 psi. I get mine at Lowe's, but I think you can get it at Home Depot too. The couplings I use are 1/2" by 1/2" PolyAlloy Couplings. They fit much looser than the regular couplings, but you can just tape over the coupling, and it's no problem (kind of nice not having to heat the tubing up and jam them in there). The couplings are a little more expensive, and the PEX may be a few dollars more expensive also (but not much). What's nice too about the loose couplings is I tape from one side to the other, leaving the coupline untaped, then throw another little piece of tape over the coupling part, and then when you want to travel with them, you can take that tape off, pull the tubing apart, and roll it into a smaller circle for traveling (or couple two of them together into three circles if you're traveling with twins)! I'll bring one or two with me to SCI and you can give them a feel. :)