So I spent my lazy Sunday making these fancy parallette bars for next to nothing in cost.
I went to the Home Depot and picked up the supplies I hadn’t borrowed. All in, this is what was used:
10′ of 2″ pvc
4 t joints
8 end caps
duct tape (for grip)
black krylon spraypaint (for style)
You’ll also need a tape measure, marker, one piece of sandpaper, and either a hacksaw and vice, or a pipe cutter.
First, cut the two long pieces, where your hands will grab. I used 12″ for the measurement. Then, cut 12 6″ pieces for each of the smaller sections. Sand off all the burrs left on the pipe (if you used a saw, the pipe cutter will be cleaner). One segment at a time, cement the inside of the pvc to prevent the cement from seeping out when you attach them. If you want to be safe, and messy, you can put a small amount on the piece you plan to insert. This stuff dries quickly, so you’ll have to be moving with some speed. After inserting the straight section into the connector piece, give a 1/4 turn and hold it in place for about 10-15 seconds before moving on to your next section. It really doesn’t take very long, save for the pipe cutting, which kinda sucks.
Piece of cake! Now you’re ready to get strong as a gymnast!