This is my first instructable, so don't be too harsh! :)
So basically in this instructable, I will tell you how to make a PVC straight boom mic stand for about $5. And it only takes about 15-30 min.
I made this instructable for people who are on a budget or for those bands that like to bang stuff up at practice!
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Step 1: Gather the Materials
Rubber Mallet or Hammer
Pipe Cutter, Saw, Knife, or anything that will cut PVC pipe.
(F.Y.I. PVC pipe is really cheap, just buy some at Lowes or any other home depot store)
I Bought two 8 foot pieces for $5.75 @ Lowe's
*ALL PVC PIPE USED WAS 1 INCH
Amt Needed Item
1 Mic Clip
1 5/8 Bolt
1 Roll of Electrical Tape
4 Elbows (90 Degrees)
6 6" long PVC Pipes <-Cut from the PVC mentioned above!
1 60 Inch PVC Pipe <-This size can very, depending on how tall you want it.
1 T, Union, or Other <-This is to connect the bolt to the stand. If you don't have a union, you can use a T or something else.
Step 2: Begin Building the Base
Attach the Four PVC Elbows (90 Degrees) to four of the 6 inch PVC pipes.
(As Shown Below)
Step 3: Still Building the Base
Now take the two remaining 6 inch PVC pipes and attach them to the middle of two T's.
If that sounded confusing, check out the picture below!
Step 4: Building the Base Still
Now take another T and put it in between the braces, what you made in the last step, and also make the T in the middle face up towards you!
(Again if this is too confusing, look @ the picture below)
Step 5: Finishing the Base
Now, add the Elbow's/ arms to the center brace.
*It is important that the base is level, or the stand will tilt and wobble alot!
(If your confused, look @ the picture below)
Step 6: Making the PVC Mic Clip
You have 2 options here.
Option 1 Union
Grab you hammer and gently tap the bolt into the union, stop hammering it in when the bolt reaches halfway.
Option 2 T
Grab you hammer and gently tap the bolt into the T. And remember to "Keep checking frequently! To make sure that the mic clip sits tight and firm on the bolt.
What I did
I stuck the T in some vice grips first. And used a saw to cut off the middle thingy. I then took electrical tape and wrapped up the piece 1-3 times so that it wouldn't break when I stuck my bolt in! LOL
(In the picture: I didn't have any electric tape, I ran out. So I used masking tape)
Step 7: Almost There
Now take your long piece of PVC pipe and stick it in the base.
Step 8: Touches
Now add the Mic Clip/ T onto the PVC pipe
Step 9: Your Done!
Congrats, you just made a PVC straight boom mic stand.