This winter break I found myself with a lot of free time on my hands. So in an effort to use my time wisely and save a little money… I decided to build a homemade dip station.
The process sounded simple enough. In fact all of the instructional sites made it sound easy. I specifically remember reading “will cost you less than $20” and “will take you less than an hour.”
A Homemade PVC Dip Station Requires:
- 4 – 3 ft. segments of 2 in. PVC pipe
- 4 – 2ft. segments of 2 in. PVC pipe
- 4 – 3 in. segments of 2 in. PVC pipe
- 2 – 1 ½ ft. segments of 2 in. PVC pipe
- 8 elbows
- 4 T’s
- PVC cement
And the bad news is: it was NOT easy!
In total, the materials cost me $45. This is still cheaper than the commercial ones, which retail for $80 not including shipping, but $45 is still more than twice the price of the original $20 that I thought it would be.
It also took me 3 trips to Home Depot. I acknowledge this was mostly my fault; I may have forgotten to get the 3 inch segments cut and then later realized I had bought the wrong size elbows… but still.
But most importantly, it’s not safe. It stands up straight and supports my body weight, but the thing wobbles more than it would during an earthquake. This is partly because the guy at Home Depot didn’t cut the pipes perfectly and partly my own fault. But if I continue to use it I can tell it’s only a matter of time until I’ll be crashing to the ground…loudly and painfully.
So what’s the lesson here? It is possible to make your own dip station out of PVC pipe. A handier person than myself could have probably done a much better job. But for the average joe: just by yourself one. Some things are better left to a professional 🙂