Supa-Hula (a very big hula-hoop made from plastic electrical conduit)

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This is a lot of fun and very cheap.

Here is a 20ft hula hoop with a 30 foot hoop.... it hurts my tummy.

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Step 1: Materials:

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Plastic electrical conduit. 

It is 10 feet long and has a flare at one end that makes it a connector. (Also - I want this sweet pvc cutter)
Best luck with 2 pieces of 3/4" 

3 pieces did not stay together but could be glued with PVC cement (the 2 part stuff that smells terrible)

A regular size hoop can be made with a 1/2" piece.

The conduit costs a dollar or two per piece.  It is extremely rugged stuff.

Step 2: Connect

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Step 3: Bend

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Step 4: Connect other end

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Step 5: Hula-Hoop

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Give it a spin. It might break.


Step 6: 30fter

Here is a 3 part hula-hoop -- 30 feet around.
Needed to be glued together with PVC cement.

 Video with 3 pieces of conduit  


Step 7: Jack says hi

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Step 8: Hazel has a little one

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Here is a 1/2" conduit.

Step 9: Have fun!

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They are also fun to roll and jump through.

Step 10: Molly is leaving

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I meant to post this during the 2012 presidential election, but well... here we are.

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marc.cryan (author)  blakemenezes1 year ago
Cool! Thanks Blake.
dddddd1 year ago
Your video was an inspiration, and it was fun and felt silly, especially spinning it up the first time. Thanks. What does your dog do when you're hooping?

I used a little over 20 feet of 1 inch inside diameter inch high pressure polyethylene line (the kind they use for submersible well pumps), and held it together at the ends with a scrap of 1 inch outside diameter plastic pipe and a few turns of gaffer's tape.

You're hooping at about 95 RPM, and mine is comfortable at about 60 RPM. I suspect mine is a little heavier.
marc.cryan (author)  dddddd1 year ago
my dog just watches -- she is laid-back

I've gotta' think about hoop size/weight vs RPM. I think is the size, with bigger slower. Heavier hoops seem easier.... angular momentum?
Hoop physics!
I've got some sunburned plastic electrical conduit lying around, so I'll give it a try, and see if the light-versus-heavy thing makes sense.
I think rigid is important in a hoop, and slower is better than faster for me, because my hips don't move that way very easily or very fast :-)
mainah dddddd1 year ago
If your like me you could add"anymore" at the end of your comment. Ain't getting old FUN! ;-)
marc.cryan (author)  dddddd1 year ago
here is a 20ft and 30ft at the same time
marc.cryan (author)  dddddd1 year ago
Thanks, Awesome! I added a video with a 30feet of conduit, I had to glue it together with PVC cement.
ndjalva1 year ago
How big can you go?

You are nuts.
marc.cryan (author)  ndjalva1 year ago
30ft is hard to keep up, but I can do a few hulas. Haven't tired 40ft.
calgirlya1 year ago
the best! what a better work out. I've been frustrated buying hoops at venice beach that have no weight. This is so much better and without the noise of bearings, but I actually might add them anyway. thank you!
dr acula1 year ago
That's awesome. Look at all those toys! Agree Father's Day award
dawnorama1 year ago
so cool. I did not expect it to actually go round! love it. and voted
lmnopeas1 year ago
How fun!
You should enter this in the Father's Day contest. This is my favorite kind of project. Cheap easy cool.
marc.cryan (author)  justbennett1 year ago
Thanks! - it should show up there eventually.
Whaaaat? This is fantastic! :D
marc.cryan (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
are you able to see the video?
I wasn't before, but I fixed it for you! HOORAY
marc.cryan (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
marc.cryan (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thanks! It is endless fun.
Love it, simple and well done