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How to make your own Equalizer for under $50.00

January 04, 2015 2 min read

After watching many Daily Hiit Workout videos and trying to get the exercises right without an equalizer, I decided to try and make my own.  After drawing out on paper my plan and determining how high I wanted the bars to be I concluded that this would be my best formula. lebert-equalizer_1024x1024    

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  • Two 20 inch PVC pieces
  • Four 24 inch PVC pieces
  • Eight 8 inch PVC pieces
  • Four T PVC Joints
  • Four PVC Elbows
  • Eight PVC end caps
  • PVC Cement
  • PVC Primer
  • Sandpaper
  • Baseball/Softball Bat Tape
Select the size PVC you will use.  I went with 2 inch PVC [caption id="attachment_61717" align="aligncenter" width="225" class=" "]Cut PVC to appropriate Dimensions 1) Cut PVC to appropriate dimensions[/caption] You want to be careful when cutting the PVC.  You can also ask your local hardware store to cut it for you. [caption id="attachment_61713" align="aligncenter" width="225" class=" "]3 2) I cut extra just to be sure I had enough in case of mistakes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_61714" align="aligncenter" width="225" class=" "]4 3) Sandpaper the ends so the primer and cement will hold[/caption] [caption id="attachment_61712" align="aligncenter" width="225" class=" "]2 4) Assemble first to make sure everything is correct before cementing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_61715" align="aligncenter" width="225" class=" "]Spray Paint whatever Color you like 5) After cementing, spray paint whatever color you like[/caption] You can use whatever color you like.  I used a metallic finish to give it a rustic look.  Allow to dry overnight before moving indoors. [caption id="attachment_61716" align="aligncenter" width="225" class=" "]Wrap tops with baseball bat handle tape 6) Wrap tops with baseball bat handle tape[/caption] I used the wrapping that is used on baseball bats to ensure a soft grip on the top of the equalizer.  You can play around with other options if you like. Allow to dry for 24 hours before use.  This equalizer has lasted for over a year now and can support the weight of my 200 lb husband seen in the pictures.  The total cost of my equalizer including the paint and baseball wrap was $49.15!

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