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as effective cable lifters? They're dirt cheap to make (about $9 total for 3) and I'm tired of the planter pots.
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added black but it was a hassle dealing with the paint chipping, etc.,
The black looks better, for sure. If the paint is a hassle, one idea is to get some heat shrink tube slightly larger than the OD of the brass fittings, cut it to length, and shrink it on there. Lots of colors if you want to get creative. If you cut it a little longer than the assembled space between the fittings (so it goes over some of the fitting too), it would help hold everything together without glue and even add some additional damping. And if you really want to lock things together, get an adhesive lined shrink tube.
Link below to one site. You'll need a heat gun to do it properly, but if you don't have one already you probably need one. :)
I DIYed mine years ago by epoxying cheap ceramic ramekins and teacups and chopstick holders together filled with kitty litter and sand. Worked like a charm. Given that these items can be had in various colors and even some decorated patterns - and they are NOT large - you can really go to town to fit your decor. Mine came out looking like a smaller version of the famous commercially available lifters and I was never embarrassed by the look, nor disappointed in the minor difference they make sonically.
sounds intriguing; any chance you could post a pic? thanks ia!
A bad picture to be sure and it looks crappy after several years of disuse.
It consists of 3 ceramic pieces bought for next to nothing at World Market: bottom is a small ramekin, middle is an upended tea cup, top is a chopstick holder. It is epoxied together and filled with kitty litter and sand. At very bottom black is just a round of neoprene. On top the goop is just a dollop of silicone caulk.
Works very well! Cheap as dirt. Since it's a DIY, you can paint it or decorate it, or even buy the pieces many places with baked on designs to your heart's content.
Raises off the floor by about 4". So it works pretty much like the high priced spread, only it isn't as big, bulky and ugly.
Did you use PVC glue to hold everything together?
Here might be another option for a foot/stand support.
This reducer would allow you to go to a bigger footprint flange
the reducer and flange are good ideas but I want to maintain a minimalist approach, plus I'm cheap :)
Making the structure as rigid as possible shouldn't be too expensive, and a worthwhile thing to do...
I suggest mounting brackets (or some drill holes) onto the horizontal copper pipes, and fasten some attractive-looking ceramic or glass insulators to position the cables on rather than resting on the bare copper pipes. Additionally, stick an Everbilt (from Home Depot) thin anti-skid pad as a mild vibration control interface.
good suggestion, gonna give that some thought. I painted the next generation black with the copper trim, gonna compare the two esthetically.
....doesn't disqualify them, but the planter pots probably looked better.
why don't you cut toilet paper tubes Into 3 inch or so circles....way cheaper, probably more effective.
Cardboard is a poor dielectric. They sound like crap.
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I did those many years ago; always felt those were tacky but that's just me.
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