I'm helping out at a program a local children's museum is running.  The museum does an offsite program in the city with a focus on fitness and crafts, and next week they will be doing hooping!  We're making hoops before and having the kids decorate them...but we've got a bit of a problem...the local hardware stores don't have enough connectors for all the hoops we need.  So far we have maybe 20 connecters, and we need 40 hoops.  We're trying to find more connectors at other stores/order some more in time, but in case that doesn't work out, anyone have any ideas on what to use instead?  I read somewhere about using a piece of tubing, but I forgot where/how-does anyone know?  Thanks!

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Sure! Take a piece of the tubing you are using, cut it maybe five inches long (it may need to be longer or shorter depending on the type of tubing) and slit it lengthwise. Squeeze it together and use it as your insert. It works perfectly. In fact, I make most of my children's hoops this way now. I would suggest putting one piece of tape over the connection to make sure it stays while the kids are taping them. Sounds like a fun event!! =)
Thank you so much!
Hi Jodie, I make all of my connectors out of tubing and use pop rivets to secure each end. I never did like those gray connectors...they make a flat spot in the hoop. I gave up on trying to make it curve. I once tried using a heat gun to soften the middle of the connector (after inserting both ends in the tubing) to see if I could make it curve. Not! It made the tubing shrink away from the connector. I stood there thinking....I can't believe I just watched 2 inches of my hoop disappear.
The connectors really do leave such a flat spot on the smaller hoops (likely because of the lower PSI as well). That is tooooo funny about you melting your hoop!!! Did you take pics? I'm trying to envision what would have been left! lol!

I have found that cutting the connectors down does help a bit, but you still have a bit of a flat spot.
Just order them online.
Photo instructions on using tubing and a staple gun for connectors.
http://www.hoopcity.ca/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=30...
Thank you, I knew I saw that somewhere!
A friend of mine was helping me make a hoop today. He has been doing construction and contracting for years and he told me that you can use Gorilla glue. You just need something to clamp it together for a good 16 hours. I haven't tried it, but I would certainly trust someone who uses the same kind of tubing for actual irrigation!

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