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You can use a loading pin with many assorted handles for different exercises.
I made this originally for my Rolling Thunder handle, which will be another instructable very soon.

Step 1: Get your parts

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Pretty simple setup really:

I used one 3/8" eye bolt, 4" long, rated to 325 lbs. Cost about $1.50

One 1.5" by 6" nipple, as its called in hardware terms.
Just a threaded 6" long pipe, 1.5" inside diameter. Cost me about $4.00
I used 1.5" diameter pipe because my gym's olympic plates have a 2" inside diameter, so these just fit.

One 1.5" floor flange, which cost about $10.

One 1.5" cap, which cost about $3.

All of this was purchased from home depot, I'm sure if you look around you could find a better price for most of it.

I drilled a hole through the cap with a power drill and a 3/8" drill bit.
Then I put some epoxy on the threads of the eye bolt just to make sure the nuts didn't get a mind of their own and start to unspin, and attached it to the cap.
GeenWeb5 months ago

All the pipe fittings at my local home center were more expensive than in the article. The flange was over $17 which seems crazy. I bought a 1-1/2" to 2" bushing for just over $5 instead. After applying loctite and screwing it on tightly, I hack sawed off the excess length of the bushing and dressed the cut so it was smooth with no sharp edges. A bit more work, but cost under $20 instead of over $30 if I had used the flange. Thanks for the original idea!

GeenWeb5 months ago