How to Make Weights Out of PVC Pipe

    Saw the PVC lengths according to the length and quantity desired. Typical barbell lengths are around five feet in length. Cutting more than one can give you a set of varying weight, dependent on the material you use to fill the tubes.

    Apply the PVC bonding cement to one end of the piping and attach an end cap. Mix the concrete in a small bucket according to the directions on the package. Use the trowel to shovel the mix into the PVC pipe, stopping once the bar is a quarter full. Insert a pre-cut piece of rebar into the pipe.

    Continue filling the PVC pipe with the Quikcrete until the pipe if full. Apply the bond on the top end and attach the end cap. Allow to set for a few minutes before sanding the pipe surface, which textures the surface and allows for a better grip.


  • Filling additional PVC pipe lengths with playground sand will create a lighter bar for other family members or for your own workouts.

Things Needed

  • PVC saw
  • PVC bonding cement
  • Bag of Quikcrete
  • Small bucket and trowel
  • Bags of playground sand (optional)
  • Lengths of rebar
  • PVC end caps (quantity dependent on number of pipes)
  • PVC piping (1 to 1 and ½ inches in diameter)
  • Fine grit sandpaper


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