Making the Handle
I waited a long time to post this page. The reason is I am not
terriby happy with the design of my handle. It requires the
regular replacement of the pipe clamps. They wear out. I've
done over a dozen experiments with other types of clamps over the years
but they never worked out. The problem is the sturdier clamps
won't fit over the PVC couplers. For example, a muffler clamp
works great and is plenty sturdy. Problem is, when you add a stick
of pipe you need to slide it up over the PVC coupler and it just won't
go. Anyway, I have answered well over 100 emails asking about how
to make the handle, so here it is.
The handle works ok with two pipe clamps and many of the pictures only
show two clamps but I suggest you use four. When you get to a
critical point and you really need to heft the pipe up those two extra
clamps can be critical.
Below are several pictures of the handle that I trust will assist you in
making one. If you make one you are particularly happy with please
send me pictures!
Handle Installed with two pipe clamps
and ready to use.
Closer view of outside section of handle.
The vertical wood spacer is to relieve stress on the pipe clamps
Closer view of inside section of
handle. This side holds the PVC pipe.
Inside section of handle. This
side holds the PVC pipe.
Detail showing adjustable chocks
For particularly stressful jobs like
pipe removal, the handle can be combined with rubber sleeves.
In the pictures above my handle is 36 inches long. I'm still
using it at that length but I think if I was making a new one I might
make it 32 to 34 inches long. Experience suggests the extra length
is not needed. Be sure and include the adjustable chocks on yours.
Frequently you wind up drilling with multiple sizes of pipe even though
you never planned to.
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