Supa-Hula (a Very Big Hula-hoop Made From Plastic Electrical Conduit)

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Introduction: Supa-Hula (a Very Big Hula-hoop Made From Plastic Electrical Conduit)

About: Married to Domestic_Engineer (but I call her Meghan).
This is a lot of fun and very cheap.

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





Much more...





http://youtu.be/nTAWeofNgFU




 

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Step 1: Materials:

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


Step 3: Bend

Step 4: Connect Other End

Step 5: Hula-Hoop

Give it a spin. It might break.






 
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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

Step 8: Hazel Has a Little One

Here is a 1/2" conduit.

Step 9: Have Fun!

They are also fun to roll and jump through.

Step 10: Molly Is Leaving

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

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    This is so cool. Do you think this material would support a vine? I'm planning on creating some privacy in my yard with four honeysuckle vines, and I really want the round shape but four round-topped arbors would be WAY too expensive. Gag. Do you think if each end of the conduit were attached to a fence post it would hold its shape? Thank you for your time!

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    It is probably too floppy to support from the sides. If you can hang it from the top center it could work. It is also slippery, but vines can hold onto most surfaces.

    Is there a way to make this more stable? I'm wanting to use it as a base for hanging a large diy canopy. Thanks in advanced!

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    Try Fiber-Fix Repair Wrap from Home Depot or Lowes. When you wet the wrap it hardens like steel. You can wrap the wet wrap around the hoop and allow to harden, thus making it a stable, durable hardened hoop. However, keep in mind that the hoop will harden like steel and therefore should be applied and set inside the room you intend to hang your canopy (in the event it is too large to fit in the door). For removal at a later date you will likely have to cut through the hoop with an electrical tool. Make sure to reinforce ceiling hooks. I'm not sure how much weight it would end up being, but worth a try. You can try a search of videos for a demonstration or commercial on the product. I originally saw it on SharkTank years ago being demonstrated. Impressive stuff.

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    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.

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    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 :-)

    If your like me you could add"anymore" at the end of your comment. Ain't getting old FUN! ;-)

    30ft is hard to keep up, but I can do a few hulas. Haven't tired 40ft.

    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!

    That's awesome. Look at all those toys! Agree Father's Day award

    so cool. I did not expect it to actually go round! love it. and voted

    You should enter this in the Father's Day contest. This is my favorite kind of project. Cheap easy cool.