When I spent time with the Jacks, they used some serious pipe wrenches to assemble their stands.
quick tarp comparison.
How permanent do you want this stand to be?
1) Add lubricant
2) Use tools (depending on how tight you want it to be)
I don't use tools, just my hands.
Last edited by dejoha; 11-23-2012 at 00:57.
Awesome thanks... I'll try it tomorrow
ultimate car camping rig! I like it, thanks for sharing.
I like this idea, will be building one soon, thanks!
It's not about the miles, its about the smiles!
I really like the idea of this stand and think I've come up with a method to build it for under $60 by changing up the materials a bit, should also be lighter. I still need to do a little experimenting for the feet but since I'm recovering from pneumonia it will be a slow build. My plan is to use 1.5" EMT (electrical conduit) with pre-bent elbow and compression fittings for better strength over the screw type couplers. The pre-bent elbows I felt would be stronger than other fittings, plus give me an extra foot with each of them. Using just two 10' pieces of conduit, this should give me a ~6' x 12' opening to hang in. This stuff is plenty strong, take a hydraulic bender usually for 1.5" and larger.
The feet might need some work. The idea I'm going to try first is stacked 2x4 glued and screwed together, maybe 4-5 thicknesses for 6-7.5" (might be overkill). Then I'll drill a 1.75" hole through all but the bottom 2x4, the conduit is 1.74" OD so should be nice snug fit.
If it all works I'll document it up and post. Let me know if you see any major flaws or suggestions for improvement in what I've stated above.
Thanks to all for a great forum and awesome information!
Jobo - would suggest using steel fitting and not die cast as they are stronger. if you can find 'long collar' fittings use them as opposed to 'short collar' - differant brands of fittings have differing internal depths, the amount of conduit sliding into the fitting if that makes sense -