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    Idea! Homemade PVC stand - first try

    cost about $8 and an hour of time. it works perfectly but i just wish i wouldve built it ever so slightly different. oh well, here it is by itself and with my roommate's bike (my new ones in the mail )

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    looks pretty good, nice job
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    how would you have done it different?

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    i'd like to add a brace for the tall upright tubes that support the wheel, they flex slightly. i'll probably add some type of support but as it stands, it holds a bike no problem, even if you shake it. im just slightly OCD i guess

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    custom. looks awesome!

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    I think you could add 2 more slips in between...

    Excellent job, btw!

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    Powder coat it ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainjoon
    I think you could add 2 more slips in between...

    Excellent job, btw!
    Also could make it "modular" so you pop off one end (2 90* elbows + connecting piece) and add in another slip. As you add bikes, of course.
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    yeah, i was thinking the same. either gonna add a third in the middle or just shorten it. i'd also like to paint it, havent decided how yet. thanks guys, its real easy btw, if anybody was thinking of doing similar.

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    Really nice and simple, congrats!! Thanks for sharing it!
    What are the dimensions and pipe size?
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    Looks nice! Do you have any plans/parts list that you can share? Wouldn't mind putting something like that together...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BantamSLK
    Looks nice! Do you have any plans/parts list that you can share? Wouldn't mind putting something like that together...
    Look at the picture. All it is is some elbows and T's with some 3/4 inch pipe. The dimensions are not critical and can be estimated by comparing to the size of the wheel in the pic.

    Looks like 14 slip T's all female, 10 female slip slip elbows, and probably 25 feet of pipe.

    To the OP: Now figure out how to make a PVC Repair stand with a functional clamp!
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    yeah, it is 3/4" piping. if you want, i can measure the tubes from elbow to elbow, but ill measure from where the elbow piece starts/stops b/c i dont feel like pulling it all apart. ill post it later this evening if you really want.

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    fyi, the T shaped pieces look like slip-on's but they are not. each tube has to be cut and inserted into each side of the T's. i couldnt find slip-on T's locally (if they're even made).

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88
    fyi, the T shaped pieces look like slip-on's but they are not. each tube has to be cut and inserted into each side of the T's. i couldnt find slip-on T's locally (if they're even made).
    You can find slip T's everywhere.

    each tube has to be cut and inserted into each side of the T's
    Yes of course. What are you thinking? I assume you thought that the tube would pass through the entire T? NO!
    Remember this stuff is made for plumbing. Water flow. A T is where water hits an intersection. Maybe I misunderstand you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88
    yeah, i was thinking the same. either gonna add a third in the middle or just shorten it. i'd also like to paint it, havent decided how yet. thanks guys, its real easy btw, if anybody was thinking of doing similar.
    Or you could leave the gap in the middle and figure a way to secure some stackable storage bins in there for stashing helmets & other gear.

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    yeah i realized that, i was just saying opposed to the slip-through style. i couldnt find those at the store by me. it made everything a lot more difficult to say the least. theres only one hardware store within a half hour of my apartment at school, so that was really the only choice i had. i know what you mean though, and now im pissed i couldnt find them! ....btw, its a menards, not even a lowes or home depot.

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    I built one almost exactly like that, but it didn't work at all. The stand itself had no grip, so it kept sliding whenever I put the bike in, thus causing it to fall over.

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    This is awesome.
    Science works.

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    You could also make it a bit deeper to where the T would be moreso in the middle of the wheel holders. This would make it a bit stiffer since there is less material hanging off on its own.

    Good job BTW...

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    looks awesome!

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    Slap a sticker on that *****

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampDonkeyDisco
    Slap a sticker on that *****
    No,
    Gently place a sticker evenly; taking care not to fold any edges over on that inanimate object.
    Honestly, you just take a deep breath and say Fuck it.

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    Holy **** I have done stacks of plumbing and didnt even think of it lol good job man!

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    Great job.

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