How to Make a PVC Tripod

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Tripods are an invaluable tool for a number of different activities and fields. PVC models can be modified by drilling the platform to mount any type of equipment head on it, be it a swivel mount for a specialized camera or a clamp to use as a stabilizing work surface. Unfortunately, collapsible tripods designed for specialized use can be extremely expensive, so a noncollapsible do-it-yourself tripod from PVC piping is a cost-effective and simple way for a beginner to get started.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 equal lengths of PVC tubing
  • Rigid plastic platform
  • T-joint
  • Glue or epoxy rated for plastics
  • Jigsaw or Dremel tool
  • Heat gun
  • Level
  • Gas mask, rated for organic vapors
  • Protective eyewear
  • Sand
  • Insert your lengths of PVC rod into the T-joint and glue them in to place.

  • Lay the T-shape you just created flat on the ground and glue the platform to the side of the T-joint that faces you. Follow all instructions for the epoxy and allow a full day to cure/dry.

  • Put on your gas mask, then use the heat gun to bend the pipes you have glued in to the T-joint up at the desired angle; between a 70 to 85-degree angle is most common.

  • Put on your protective eyewear, then use the jigsaw or dremel tool to cut a small wedge out of the bottom of each leg of the tripod so that it will stand level.

  • Test your tripod and ensure it is even and stable by laying a level on the platform.

  • Photo Credit Andy Sotiriou/Photodisc/Getty Images Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images
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