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Create a Spiral Dipole Antenna for Ham Radio

Create a Spiral Dipole Antenna for Ham Radio 0

Even in today’s digital era, the world of ham radio with its thousands of enthusiasts is still a large one. Matter of fact, it’s actually seeing a resurgence in the last few years. With all that digital devices offer today, there’s still something to be said for creating something by hand and being functional. And it can be fun to create something and use it to communicate with others across the globe, as one FORMUFIT customer in the San Francisco area has shown!

PVC Ham Radio Antennea

This particular customer was inspired by our plans for a three-point mast antenna holder and with a bit of engineering ingenuity, constructed his own spiral dipole antenna. Without getting too much on the technical side of things, a spiral dipole antenna is basically called as such as there are two poles that form the antenna, with a wire spiral strung in a particular fashion around the two poles. This creates a very powerful yet inexpensive and compact HF radio antenna that is popular with so many ham radio operators. Plus, by using our furniture grade PVC piping and fittings, the result is a construction that is also lightweight and durable.

To many, the idea of constructing such an antenna may seem like a daunting task, but this particular customer outlines his plans and parts along with step-by-step instructions on his page here. Though he gets into great technical detail on that page, you’ll find the parts list and instructions for building the antenna to be very straightforward. The antenna is compact enough to fit on his apartment patio, yet powerful enough to communicate with ham radio operators as far away as Australia!

Spiral Dipole PVC Antenna

By utilizing FORMUFIT furniture grade PVC piping, our plans for the three-point mast antenna holder and taking it a step further with some engineering know-how, this California customer shows that the options for using our products are absolutely limitless!

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Build Your Pet The Best Training Solutions

Build Your Pet The Best Training Solutions 0

When it comes to training dogs for dog shows, it’s important to have equipment available for your dog that not only allows them maximum training benefits but also to be quality-made without impacting your wallet. There are several aspects to each dog show, and making sure you’re prepared from a training perspective is key. Typically, though, the items needed to properly train dogs can end up costing a fortune. Sometimes, it is easier and more fiscally responsible to build training equipment yourself.

By using FORMUFIT PVC piping and fittings, you can build your own training equipment for your dog! It’s easier than you might think and it's is much more cost-effective. You’ll find as with all our PVC plans (including our pet section) that all include a free Adobe Acrobat PDF document and SketchUp files for download. By utilizing these easy, affordable, and quality solutions, you’ll have a great way to take advantage of all the different selections we have to offer vs spending outside of your budget on lesser quality solutions.

Maui Dog Agility Jump

Many of our faithful customers take advantage of what we offer and even sometimes take it a step further. For instance, Maui Dog Agility (one of the top dog training facilities in Hawaii) favors our PVC Dog Agility Hurdle Jump plan for their pet training uses. Because Hawaii can be expensive to ship to, they’re able to take advantage of our partnership with Walmart to get the parts needed for the plans with minimal effort and low shipping costs!

Dog Agility Wing Jump PVC

Another customer used their own ingenuity and built their own dog agility wing jump as you can see in the picture above.  Agility wing jumps are a particularly popular category for dog training, and are significantly better for the dog’s health and safety than wingless jumps. Unfortunately, cheap wing jumps are known for falling apart or being ridiculously difficult to put together in the first place, and quality ones will find you in the area of at least $200 and up. This customer was able to take what he did here and built 3 of these for about $75 USD. As he resides in Canada and was able to find our physical products through Amazon, it was a bargain all around! Find out more details on how these were made here!

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Engineering Students build GlowSabers via FORMUFIT

Engineering Students build GlowSabers via FORMUFIT 0

Ever wanted to be transported to a distant celestial body sometime in the far past? You probably know what we’re referring to at this point. Be that as it may, a group of ingenious engineering students from Alameda, CA have brought us one step closer to that reality. And they’ve done it with the help of FORMUFIT PVC piping in the construction of their own “GlowSabers”! 

PVC Pipe Light Saber

These students, ranging anywhere from grades 7-10, are taking on learning engineering to a whole new level by constructing their own pieces of pop culture. Guided by faculty member Carlos Vadillo, the students are learning about electronics, light, sound, programming and design…. all while having fun doing it.

PVC Glow Saber

Carlos selected FORMUFIT as the vendor of choice for the PVC pipe elements for his program as it maintains a glossy appearance, and professional look, all while working alongside of off-the-shelf PVC parts.  Furniture pipe was used as handles on many of the projects, along with internal dome caps to help seal the components inside.

 

In one particular example above highlights the construction of a see-through hilt used from FORMUFIT’s transparent, clear PVC piping powered by 4 AAA batteries. Not only does this look cool, but because one can see the electronics inside, it also allows the students to make design decisions based on future iterations of their GlowSabers. Vadillo and his team specifically chose FORMUFIT for the handle due to its light weight and ability to better utilize the space within the pipe

 Lightsaber Parts PVC

The students will continue to use FORMUFIT’s PVC piping for their work as they continue to have fun while learning and streamline their work to improve upon their designs! 

For more information on this project, you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlowSaberPhysics/.

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Custom Made PVC Auto Door Stands

Custom Made PVC Auto Door Stands 0

You've probably seen drivers riding down the road in a sporty SUV with no doors and no roof. This is a thrilling way to experience the outdoors, but have you ever wondered where the owners put the doors when they're not using them? Since they should be easily retrievable in the event of rain or cold weather, it would make sense to not have the doors just lying around randomly, but rather a specific place and configuration that holds their auto doors. For some that wish to enjoy this ability with their Jeep or SUV but don’t have a ready solution, two FORMUFIT customers took action and got creative!

To solve the problem of where to store the doors of his Jeep Wrangler after he took them off of his vehicle, this FORMUFIT customer out of Yukon, OK came up with a great idea. He made a stylish and functional door cart out of our furniture grade PVC pipe and fittings. Door carts help protect the doors from getting scratched or dented by negating the need to lean them against a wall or lay them down on the floor of a garage or driveway. He also added wheels to the cart, making it easy to maneuver from its storage site to the vehicle when he needs to replace or remove the doors.

PVC Door Cart Frame

This door cart is easy to make on your own, however, keep in mind that dimensions will vary depending on the size of your doors.  In this particular case the customer used 37" sections of 1-1/4" PVC. It is recommended that you use Furniture Grade PVC pipe, which is strong enough for the job. For connections, the customer used 16x 4-way connectors and two (2) 3-way elbow fittings. He also used four Caster Fitting Inserts, four wheels along with some screws and pipe insulation. Each section is secured by screws along the connector pieces that are screwed into place. The upper crossbars are insulated for padding, and you can customize the bottom plate as well.

Door Cart SketchUp

With this moveable door cart, you can experience the outdoors with complete freedom. Take the doors off your Jeep or SUV and ride down the beach, find some mud, or tear up mountainous terrain. You'll be able to enjoy yourself completely knowing when you return home the doors of your vehicle will be safe (and easy to put back on) thanks to this door cart. You can find more details on the parts and instructions used to make this yourself here, or even improve upon it with your own ideas and solutions. For example, another FORMUFIT customer from Ogden, IL added an anti-fatigue mat on the plywood to cushion the door edges!

PVC Door Cart

FORMUFIT sells custom-made PVC pipe fittings in all colors and sizes. With such a wide selection of PVC pipe and PVC pipe fittings, customers can build almost anything they can imagine. Whether you need regular or furniture grade PVC pipe, FORMUFIT has what you need!

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PVC Display for a Teal Pumpkin Class Party

PVC Display for a Teal Pumpkin Class Party 0

Jessica Roe, curator of the Everyday Party Magazine blog, has put together a Teal Pumpkin Halloween Table project, using FORMUFIT PVC pipe and fittings.
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PVC Poolside Towel Tree

PVC Poolside Towel Tree 0

Every pool owner has towels -- boatloads of towels, multiplying even more during the summer months. To solve the random towel-locating and drying problem once and for all, you can build our latest PVC plan, the PVC Poolside Towel Tree.
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