Step 6: Get Buff.

That's it!
This is a cool idea-it lets you combine Olympic plates with other standard plates you may already have. Additionally, if these are left to swing freely, it should give the same lateral control challenges that lifters currently resort to heavy chains for, allowing a more complete workout as you control the swing of the converted weights.<br><br>I also see no reason why you could not shoot a bead of weld in place of epoxy if you were so equipped, but I realize many of us don't have a welder handy.<br><br>Finally, I have found recently that I can currently get Olympic and standard plates, cast one-piece hex dumbells, and bars and associated equipment, at my local scrapyard-as scrap prices go up, weight sets are apparently being scrapped along with other steel and iron. I can currently get as much as I can carry for around $.18 a pound, but the price is fluctuating.
This is cool, I basically made my entire home gym DIY. Howver, I would like to point something out. Obviously this depends on individual circumstances but, you can generally buy used oly plates at 50 cents a lb. To make a pair of these fittings would cost almost $40. You could arguably but 80 lbs. of oly plates for that. Not to mention if you want these for deadlifts, you can only fit so many on the smaller pipe. In my situation, I only have 80 lbs. total of 1&quot; plates and that's about all I would be able to fit on for DLs anyway. But for the cost of making these fittings I could go buy a few used 45's. I would deem it better to just do that and sell off the 1 &quot; plates if you don't want them.<br><br>This is not a criticism. Just pointing out that the cost of this can make it not viable for many situations, not all situations, but many. Anyway, good job, I love to see creative ideas regarding gym equipment..
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Hi, This is a darn good idea. I can't wait to build two of them for my gym. Danny M. O'Dell, MA. CSCS*D
Why did you epoxy the fittings they were threaded. They're not just gonna unthread themselves.
I initially used this apparatus without the epoxy. However, when I tried to adjust the weight during my workout, the wrong section unthreaded. More specifically, as I tried to unthread the bushing/pipe connection, the pipe/flange section came loose. The epoxy is meant to permanently secure the flange/pipe connection and the bushing/tee connection. The lack of epoxy on the bushing/pipe connection allows for the user to adjust the amount of weight that they put on the apparatus.
JB weld would be the best IMHO.
JB weld has about a 4000 lb shear strength and would work very well. However, because new olympic weights are expensive, I wanted to make this project as inexpensive as possible. I went with the 2000lbs shear strength. 1000lbs would work fine as well...as long as you apply a liberal amount (and quickly).
Locktite sealant is more convenient than epoxy, because you don't have to mix it. There are various forms, but the strongest is the "Stud and Bearing Mount", which is designed for permanent assembly.
I initially used loctite, but the trauma of repeated use caused the threads to back out. Mixing epoxy isn't really much of a chore, and it will ensure that the threads stay locked.

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