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Old 01-10-2010, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hi guys, sorry this is in the wrong section of the forum as I couldn't find one suitable for this "project" haha. Well, upon throwing away my old workout station, I got the idea of using the steel bar and the weights to create a barbell

Here's my question:
1.) The steel bar is unthreaded. Do you guys have any suggestion on what to use to lock the weights in place at both ends of the bars? I think this would be a lot cheaper than getting the bars threaded and buying a large bolt. I'm open to all suggestions, it doesn't have to be aesthetically appealing as functionality is more important to me

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Old 01-10-2010, 09:56 PM   #2
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There are weight locks that slide over the bar & fasten in place without screwing on
I had some, just a wrench secured the collar to the bar
The screw on kind are more secure IMO

The weights sliding to one side can knock the kind I had right off

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Thanks for the reply. I think I have found a cheap solution. I just kept wrapping the barbell to make the handle, and I'm going to drill a few holes onto the barbell and just use a long stud bolt and nut to secure the weights
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how about some small muffler type clamps??
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Generally speaking I think this is a bad idea. Commercially available bars are rated for set amounts and are designed to have some flex to them. You have no idea what the bar you are fabricating is capable of enduring. The last thing you want is to be underneath a bar squatting 500+ lbs or pressing 300+ lbs and not have any idea if it will hold up or not (the bars we use are rated for 1000 lbs and we lift in a cage for safety). If you are using the bar for curling only and don't lift much you can get a cheap easy curl bar for around $20. That is probably less then what you have spent in time trying to figure out a way to make you bar work. If you are lifting heavier weights then invest in the proper equipment or a gym membership. There is no reason to risk potentially permanent injury to save a few dollars. Just my two cents.
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good advice.

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