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
- Glue or epoxy rated for plastics
- Jigsaw or Dremel tool
- Heat gun
- Gas mask, rated for organic vapors
- Protective eyewear
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.
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