Carabiner Cup

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Intro: Carabiner Cup

If you are a camper, hiker, mountain biker, ATV'er or snowmobiler, you will recognize the need for a cup like this. It easily clips to your belt loop, backpack or any part of your bike or other machinery. Also, it only takes about 10 minutes to make and you may already have everything you need at home.

Step 1: Gather Your Stuff

You will need a sturdy, non breakable plastic mug, the kind that you can wash and re-use. Also a carabiner sized to the mug and some epoxy glue. Bonus if you find a mug with no handle. A hack saw and file will come in handy too.

Step 2: Remove the Handle (Or Not)

I used a band saw to cleanly cut off the handle close to the surface of the cup. A fine tooth hacksaw can also be used, or a Dremel with a cutting disc. File or sand any plastic nubs that remain to give a smooth surface. The carabiner will be your new handle as well as attachment device. However, if you choose not to remove the handle just attach the carabiner to the opposite side and skip this step.

Step 3: Prepare the Carabiner

Clamp the carabiner in a vice or vice grip and file the surface opposite the clip. This will create a flat glueing surface.

Step 4:

Mix the epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions and apply to the filed carabiner surface and to the cup in a line where the old handle was. Check to see that the two surfaces mate up with no gaps first. If not file or sand till they do. Press the parts together and tape in place till dry. Adjust while the glue is still tacky to make sure you have perfect alignment. While most epoxy dries in 5 minutes, I'd wait 12 hours before I'd trust it to hold liquid, especially hot liquid.

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    12 Discussions

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    Pricklysauce

    2 years ago

    made me laugh. V simple and reminds me of my climbing dyas. Cool

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    technologyguy

    2 years ago

    Hey, Gorilla22, that's the spirit! A piece of white PVC pipe with an end cap should do the trick.

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    Gorilla22

    2 years ago

    Or, if you're REALLY hardcore, you could make the cup yourself...

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    technologyguy

    2 years ago

    Yes, aalfaro3, one could attach the carabiner to the handle but that defeats all the fun of making something unusual. The paracord is a great idea. Although the epoxy is as good as a welded joint, it is always good to have paracord on hand. It would insulate the cup as well. Thanks.

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    aalfaro3

    2 years ago

    i wouldve just attached the carabiner to the handle...

    put if you want to go this route i would suggest also adding some paracord to wrap around the mug..it'll hold the carabiner secure and it'll provide you with some cordage if you should need it

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    technologyguy

    2 years ago

    Vitusdoom, the whole idea of the Carabiner sticking out is that it is the handle.

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    vitusdoom

    2 years ago

    you can put something that will hold it instead. so it wont stick out

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    J SquaredA

    2 years ago

    cool.

    this would be great for backpacking

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    technologyguy

    2 years ago

    Parisusa, yes you could clip the carabiner to the handle, but what would be the fun in that?

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    technologyguy

    2 years ago

    You are correct, Seamster, High quality epoxy is the way to go. Metal cups would be good to use. you could even mechanically fasten the carabiner with nut and bolt or pop rivets making a stronger bond.

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    parisusa

    2 years ago

    No offense but I'd think it would be quicker & safer to just attach the caribiner (so?) to the handle.

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    seamster

    2 years ago

    This is a really great idea! I'm curious how well the epoxy will hold onto that plastic . . I've had mixed results with adhesives and plastics, so it probably depends on the plastic.

    But I've got a few old metal camp mugs that this would be perfect with. Thanks for the great idea! :)