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#26 Scott Mitchell

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 09:24 PM

Mark, you are a savior. I was just trying to figure out how to make use of the stack of barbell weights in the basement. I had gotten part of the way there by finding the steel set screw collars on the Home Depot site. Then I thought "I bet someone on Cloudy Nights has already gone down this path," and voila! This is a really elegant solution that just saved me lord knows how much to order a silly 5 pound counterweight and have it shipped cross-country. 

 

Thanks for sharing!!


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Posted 05 September 2018 - 03:13 AM

I didn't paint mine.,I'm going for the rustic look.,

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Posted 05 September 2018 - 08:46 AM

In this thread https://www.cloudyni...counterweights/ I show my cheap barbell counterweights..  10 pound barbell weights, some hose clamps and two split-ring shaft collars.  Total cost for 60 pounds of weight was about $180 CDN.   3 bucks a pound, roughly.

 

I didn't feel the need to paint mine.  Black is ok and, since the weights are rubber-coated they won't rust.... 

 

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Posted 05 September 2018 - 10:24 PM

I didn't paint mine.,I'm going for the rustic look.,

With the accent on "rust" in that environment. lol.gif 



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Posted 16 September 2018 - 11:19 AM

Here's my attempt at your recipe. A bit of ad-libbing based on availability of parts, but I think this will do the trick nicely. I might wind up trimming off a bit more of the main pipe if it turns out that I need to be able to move the weights further up the shaft. Oh, and yeah, not a single cut was made at a right angle. Guess my saw skills need some work. lol.gif

 

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#31 LibraOct13

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 11:13 PM

Hi all, after being shocked on the price of counterweights I decided to make my own with Concrete, lead shot, 6” inch thin wall PVC, cardboard tube and saran Wrap. I ended up with 2 10lbs and 1 5lbs counterweights as shown in the pictures. Clear sky’s!

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 04:08 PM

Hi all, after being shocked on the price of counterweights I decided to make my own with Concrete, lead shot, 6” inch thin wall PVC, cardboard tube and saran Wrap. I ended up with 2 10lbs and 1 5lbs counterweights as shown in the pictures. Clear sky’s!

I was thinking these were going to be pretty ugly, but the finished product came out looking great. Nice job!


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 05:48 PM

Hi all, after being shocked on the price of counterweights I decided to make my own with Concrete, lead shot, 6” inch thin wall PVC, cardboard tube and saran Wrap. I ended up with 2 10lbs and 1 5lbs counterweights as shown in the pictures. Clear sky’s!

Look great but I wonder about durability (If you bang or drop them)



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Posted 28 January 2020 - 01:06 AM

They are holding up nicely, dropped one and no problem!


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