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My first home made Hoop
Alan Higgs ... Saturday 27th January 2007
Gosh, this can make 15 hoops .. no wonder multiple hoops are hard to hold up !!
I bought it from Screwfix
50m. Polyethylene Blue PE80 Pipe, 12 bar pressure. BS 6572.
Considering this will make 15 hoops 43" diameter that works out £1.27 each !!
Not a bad start to my hoopmaking.
I wanted a 43" hoop which is 22/7 x 43 circumference = 135.14"
No soft tape so I worked my measure around taping it on temporarily.
I cut with a large hacksaw easily.
Next stop was B & Q for Washing Machine Outlet Union 3/4" x 3/4"
These are 89p, actually disproportionate to the cost of the pipe.
The centre flange on this is larger than the outside diameter of the tube, so using my bench grinder I removed this flange in order that the tube would butt together when connected.
This connector was a very tight fit in the tube but it went together without heating the tube with a hair drier or in boiling water.
To be sure I glued it with PVA
Next was the tape. Not very awe inspiring but I purchased some very cheap tape from EbayUK
10 rolls x 10m each for £2.99 + £1.55 post. From usage on one hoop I estimate these will comfortably do 4 hoops.
So this works out at £1.14 each hoop.
So total cost of a 43" diameter hoop is £3.30
If you used some of that beautiful glitter and/or holographic tape the tape would well exceed the cost of the hoop !!
My first taping was a total disaster. I just took too long a spiral and then had to follow it !! I should have stopped, cleared it and started again.
Oh well, I will know next time !!
But it works well at night.
Tomorrow I'm gonna make one and fill it with sand and try a heavy hoop.