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Hoops in all sizes

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You can use this procedure to create hoops of any size. I chose to make a sm, med. and large hoop to fit my dip trays plus larger sizes for KIB with the following dimensions: Small--29 1/2" overall length for a 10 1/4" outside diameter. Medium--36 1/4" length 12 1/2" diam. Large--46" length 15 1/4" diam. Xtra large (KIB)--76" length 25" diam.

 
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Cut off a 3-4" piece of 1/2" PEX tubing and slice out a section longways to make the diameter smaller.

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Mark the middle of this piece...

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Flex your long section of tubing into its approx. shape (round). the very ends need extra curvature to simplify the assembly (as shown).

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Center your mark

 
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Manualy flex the hoop into more of a round shape

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Whenever you are using CPVC fittings you need adhesive that is specially formulated for CPVC

 
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To attach the "T" fitting permanently to the tubing I drill 5/32" holes all the way thru as shown.....

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At this point you can add a 1/2" CPVC tube for a handle. There is another option for a detachable handle shown latter in this photo essay

 
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Appropriate length and diamter machine type nuts and bolts do very well

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I put the end with the excess length facing inward so it wil not snag on the dipping tray.

 
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To begin wrapping the hoop with cord I drill one 7/32" hole all the way thru the tube near the "T"

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Choose the cord that you will use to wrap your hoop with. Shown here is Rubbermaid rayon mop head yarn. Tie one end of the cord/yarn into a knot and begin stuffing the knotted end into the hole you drilled.

 
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The knot will fit nicely into the hole with some work and plug the hole

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When you are finished wrapping the hoop repeat your beginning procedure by tying a knot at the end of the cord and stuffing it into the other side of the tubing in the same hole.

 
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At better hardware supply outlets you can find threaded attachments that will allow you to remove the handle for travel as an option to a permanently attached handle as mentioned earlier.

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Very convenient and simple

 
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Longer handles will tend to flex. If this is something you want to eliminate you can simple purchase a wooden doweling from your hardware supplier and insert it into the PEX tubing for added strength and support. You may have to sand down the doweling a bit to make it fit.

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I add the doweling the entire length of the tube I am supporting. I also add a bit of carpenter's white glue along the length to keep it from rattling if it is a bit loose inside.

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A smaller hoop redy to go.

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