Where to buy tubing

In the quest to make their own hoops, hoopers often find that the elusive material is tubing. Unfortunately, many hoop merchants are proprietary about their material sources, making it even more difficult to find the tubing. It’s cheap! … if you can find it.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find the 160 psi ¾-inch flexible polyethylene pipe at a big box hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot. Those in the Bay Area should check this thread for information about local stores.
You can also try calling around to irrigation supply shops. Remember that you’ll need to be clear about the psi (you’ll probably want 160) and diameter (probably ¾-inch) when calling to ask around.
If you’re really stumped, you can buy the tubing online, although shipping will be expensive. Try United State Plastic Corp. or McMaster-Carr (search for “Flexible Polyethylene”). (Thanks to Reagan for her excellent sleuthing on these online sources!)
[another post on tubing]

51 thoughts on “Where to buy tubing

  1. i’ve chased down a few cutties in irrigation and landscaping trucks to ask if i can have thier scrap. sometimes i have to dive in dumpsters… other places keep thier scrap for me.. pieces range anywhere from 2 ft to 16 ft. makes me think i’m dong my best for the earth too…

  2. thank you, Ariel for this post. It’s true! It’s hard to find and many people don’t like to share their info. I know they live for this but …
    I shouldn’t express my feelings about this anyway.

  3. If you have a local hardware store affiliated w/ True Value they may be able to specail order it for you. The stores usually place orders w/ True Value once or twice a wk. – and there’s no shipping charge involved. It’s probably a little more expensive than Lowe’s though . (The problem for me was that no Lowe’s in NYC carries the tubing.)
    Good luck!

  4. I live in Madison WI, and in the midwest, we have Menard’s Stores. They are a lot like Home Depot, or Lowe’s, and I found what I needed for the hoops there, I got 3/4 in 160 psi tubing in 100ft roll, and 8 connectors for $16.81. Sweet deal! They also have 1 inch, and other length choices as well, like 400 ft for $48? Thought that might help any other midwesterners on their quest for hoops!

  5. Thanks, Cara,
    I live in Madison too and have just gotten the hooping bug, I will definitely try Menard’s first!! I am planning a big bash for my 40th birthday party and want to get as many people there hooping as possible. Want to come and help teach?
    P.S. Re: supplies in the Berkeley, CA/ Bay area — I was out there on vacation and tried everywhere to find tubing, finally found it at Irrigation Equipment Co. on 8th St., 510-841-9651 (they know about this alternative use for it!)

  6. Thanks so much for all the helpful info.
    My sister had a cheap Wal-mart hoop the other day and I was saying I could never hula hoop. She said that she’d read somewhere that the size of the hoop made a difference…. and after a short google search I stumbled on to your page and learned that it was the weight more than the size. I’m anxious to make my own and some for the kids. I’d wanted some aerobic exercise and this appeals to me so much more than lifting weights.
    I live in the boonies (Michigan’s U.P.) and the local Ace Hdwe wanted to sell me tubing at $1 a foot – or $52 a roll. Yikes!
    I couldn’t find any polyethylene tubing over 100psi tubing from US Plastics (one of your links).
    McMaster-Carr was $44 for 100 feet before shipping (that was your other link, frames navigation, can’t link to page)
    Also found it at Grainger for $45 before shipping( http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/6MP20 )
    Home Improvement Superstore has it currently (I don’t know how long) on sale for $31 with $27 shipping.
    Best price I found was at drillspot.com for $19 plus $13 shipping ( http://www.drillspot.com/products/287397/3_4x100_160_PSI_Pipe ) Strangely enough they don’t seem to carry the right size couplings ( http://www.drillspot.com/category/8120/Insert_Fittings_Nylon_and_Poly ) but that’s OK, I can get those locally!
    So that’s $32 for a roll shipped (tax added in CO) …from what you all are saying, that sounds like about $4 per hoop not counting connectors (.50 ea) or decoration – and probably shipping would be cheaper on multiples. I can handle that.
    drillspot.com DOES also 400′ rolls but the shipping (on $74) is something like $100 because it exceeds weight limits, so it would be cheaper to buy a few $100 foot rolls.
    But first I might chase down some of our local contractors and see if I can beg or buy their scrap! That’s a great idea.
    I might do it for a craft for the family camps at the camp my husband works at… tons more fun and more useful than making yet another trinket box! If we do it, I’ll send hooping.org photos!
    So excited to try it out. Thanks so much for all the pictures, links, advice and general enthusiasm!!!
    –Kelly Harman

  7. Hi Kelly
    I live in Lansing, Mi but will be traveling to Marquette for a few days to visit the in-laws.(July 6-10) Need anything from Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, ACE, Meijer, etc.
    I can pick up something. Free delivery to fellow “Yooper Hoopers.” 🙂

  8. So I just bought some of the tubing from the Irrigation Equipment Company in Berkeley and I looked online at the companies website (aquarius) and found out that it is only 59 psi. =( I guess I will have to keep searching.

  9. okay, I am very new to this but how important is it to buy the 3/4 or the one inch tubing? What will occur if its 1/4 inch? Very hard to find this tubing is!
    I would like to say thank you very much for the knowledge that size makes a difference! A friend and I were trying all night to hula hoop with a target kid-sized one. Very funny! Should like to make an adult sized one now!
    I live in bay area, but my stores aren’t carrying it!

  10. I found my “hoop” material at ace hardware in the back yard. The yardman helped me find it and cut it to length for me so I didn’t have to buy the pipe cutter tool.

  11. I just bought tubing today at Home Depot, however, it was white. It said exactly what I had copied from the site so I am going to try it. Any one else found or used the white tubing? Did I mess up?

  12. For anyone having trouble finding this material and you are searching for it under the names Polyethylene or Poly tubing, try searching for it under the names “Funny Pipe” or “Swing Pipe” it can be purchased at the Home Depot as well as Amazon. Lawn care workers use it a lot for sprinkler repairs.

  13. i used the white tubing from home depot and i never will again. it is brittle and inflexible, and does not get bendy when heated. i am currently looking for another supplier up here in canada >.

  14. Hi I am in sales for John Deere Landscapes. We are the largest distributor/supplier
    to the irrigation&landscape industry. We sell all the poly & flex pipe you are looking. I know exactly what u need. Call me.
    located in NJ. but we have
    nearly 700 loacations nationwide.

  15. I bought a roll of Toro Super Funny Pipe (3/4 OD, 120 psi, 100 ft) at Home Depot. It’s flexible poly piping. Problem being that it’s not sturdy enough. Thought the 120 psi would work. Perhaps the material is by nature not appropriate for hooping. I tried doubling it to make it more sturdy, but the integrity of the circle is compromised, which makes getting a steady flow difficult. I will say it’s good practice to work with it though. Anyhow, I’m still looking for the appropriate poly tubing and welcome more specific directions.
    Happy Hooping!

  16. i bought 125 psi tubing from home depot and tried it out but it was way too flexible and uh… wobbly? just not firm/taut enough to hoop with, anyone know what might have been wrong?

  17. Don’t forget when calling around to make sure that 3/4 inches is the INNER diameter, otherwise your 3/4″ tube connector won’t fit!!
    Just bought 150 feet of 3/4 inch tubing, but it’s apparently the “nominal” diameter, meaning the overall outer edge. My connectors won’t fit. 🙁
    Also check the return policy before you buy from a commercial supplier.
    Double 🙁 🙁

  18. I used 1/2″ labeled (I.D.) 3/4″ (o.D.) 120 psi black poly from Lowes and it works. Taping it makes it a bit heavier or you can add some water inside tubing for a workout hoop. The larger the overall hoop the easier to keep it spinning.

  19. After playing around with the skinnier 1/2″ which was OK but harder to keep spinning I went and bought the fatter poly pipe. Home Depot had two 3/4″ 160 psi grades; utility and a premium one. Bought the premium one and now it seems too heavy. I may go back and get the utility grade which was lighter and 10 dollars cheaper. It may be easier to hoop with.

  20. My tubing said 160 psi at 73degrees, 100 psi at 180 degrees and 80 psi at 200degrees. I held it in boiling water for 15 minutes and it never softened enough for the connectors to insert. Also the 3/4″ may have been the outside measurement and not the inside. I got a bunch of heavy tube and am having to glue the connections. not going well.

  21. For hula hoops you want polyethylene coil pipe, not funny pipe. Funny pipe is soft and wobbly. Hula hoop pipe is also called irrigation pipe, or polyethylene plastic water pipe. It is stiff and made of hard black plastic and is usually sold in coils of 100 ft, 300ft, or 500ft. You can use 100, 125, or 160 psi.
    Here is one place I found it online: http://www.idealtruevalue.com/servlet/the-2677/3-fdsh-4%22-x-100%27%2C-125/Detail
    Here is another: http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/(lebcv3qe3ndrte55jmelzcbf)/productDetails.aspx?SKU=41754
    I have not ordered from these places, so I cannot vouch for them. But that is kind of pipe you are looking for to make hula hoops.

  22. Hi ! I am a newby to the world of hooping and have been sucked in from head to toe. I purchased my first hoop and am having a ball! I wanted to make a suggestion for all those looking to find tubing to make your own hoops. I called a plumbing store that installs lawn irrigation systems. I asked if they ahd any scrap tubing and to my surprise they said YESsss !!! Come over and take all you want. So my husband drove me over to the store and in the back, they had reels of left over tubing that they just heap in piles to usualy go to the landfill at some time. So I just wanted to post this suggestion as a way to save money and to recycle what they would have just thrown away. Good luck to all, and happy hooping !

  23. I have bought 80 PSI 3/4″ x 100′ pipeline tubing in HOMEDEPOT for $15 and it works great. In order to make it heavier I had staffed it with metal wire. I think it was around $5-$8 for a roll of it. I did not use it all, just one layer was enough for me. Plus now I can make extras. Have fun Hooping!

  24. I just moved to Spain and am having a rough time starting up the hoop making action. Pretty sure the tubing I am using isn’t the ultimate 100 PSI PVC pipe, its called ferroplast, but it will work if it has too. I work in a touristy place and will be selling the hoops to travelers so I am working on making collapsable hoops, which is easy breeze with the materials I used to get in Denver but has eaten weeks of my time and patients here.
    The main problem is that I can not find internal connctors. I have tried different materials bamboo, copper pipe, smaller tubing, and can’t find the perfect size it is too big or too small. The bamboo has come closest but I hooped with it for like 15 min and sent the thing flying! I can order the connctors and the proper tubing if need be but I would prefer to keep it local.
    SO I guess my questions is if anyone can suggest a connector, if anyone lives in Spain and has an idea if I can order the right stuff from a particular company in Spain (I am close to Granada), or if a friend from the UK can suggest a company that I can order supplies from without killing my pocket. Much love and thanks hoops brothers and sisters.

  25. Anyone know where I can find tubing in North CA? I’ve been to all major hardware stores and couldn’t find the right size. I guess I can buy them online, but I prefer not having to pay shipping to keep the cost down. Thanks!

  26. If you live near Philadelphia, PA USA go here. They have it for $26.00 USD dollars/ 100 feet/ 100 PSI 1 inch diameter.
    Barton Supply
    1260 Marlkress Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

  27. anyone have ideas for chicago? i’m not having a tremendous amount of luck … but will keep trying. am also checking out online suppliers.
    but if you have chicago ideas – serve ’em up! (thanks!)

  28. This if funny, I had a little bit of a different conundrum. I was able to find the correct tubing easily at a Home Depot here in Portland, OR but did not buy it because they didn’t have any connectors to go with it. I must’ve scoured the shelves looking for half an hour and they had every other type of accessory you could Imagine but no basic straight inside-to-inside connectors. I left it there because I was afraid to end up with $40 worth of irrigation tubing I might not be able to use. Seems crazy to have to leave it there, but I guess I’ll have to keep looking.

  29. I live on the West side of Los Angeles and neither the Home Depot on Jefferson, the OSH on Bundy, or a True Value located on Venice Blvd had the 3/4″ 160 psi. After some on-line research I found a happy solution that didn’t involve driving to the Lowe’s in Burbank:
    Go to http://www.doitbest.com and find your local store. (Mine is called Emil’s Hardware on Robertson Blvd) Many of the stores have a ship-to-store option so you can order the supplies on-line and then pick-up at the store without having to pay shipping costs.
    The item # for the tubing is 424419.
    The item # for the coupling is 424641
    As a bonus, when I ordered on-line, there was NO TAX!!!
    Total coast for the tubing and 8 couplings’ was $36.71

  30. In Albuquerque: I found 3/4″ tubing 80 psi at Samon’s Electrical & Plumbing Supply in Albuquerque. I spent several hours calling all big box hardware stores, and Ace, True Value, a couple of local shops, and an irrigation place. I’m told that 3/4″ 160 psi is virtually non-existent in New Mexico because it’s “old school” for irrigation (at least here in the Southwest) and while it was used for natural gas lines, it’s no longer used. This would explain why I couldn’t find anyone who stocked it. I made a hoop from the 3/4″ 80 psi, and it works okay,but since I’m a beginner, I like more weight. I find this one is hard for me to keep up.

  31. Hi All,
    I just moved to UK and I am not familiar with the area yet. I have been searching local stores to figure out where can i get the tubing but i couldn’t find any so far. Any insider tips from those who live in east london?

  32. I got some 3/4 inch, 160 psi tubing no problem, but my issue is that the 3/4 inch insert won’t fit no matter how much I heat the ends of the plastic. Does anyone know where to get slightly smaller inserts? My local plumbing/irrigation store doesn’t have smaller inserts. Does anyone know where I can find like 5/8 inch?

  33. Bella,
    Not sure if you’re still looking but I’m in PDX as well and I got all the equipment needed to build hoops at the Mall 205 HomeDepot. I got talking to one of the employees and he told me that they get so many people buying stuff for hoops they actually started stocking pretty electrical tape.
    I can’t remember what kind of tubing I got but (3/4″ 100psi maybe) but they had couplings for it.
    I have to say though, I love the idea of using scraps from landscaping companies!
    Happy Hooping!

  34. I work for an irrigation supplier in San Diego, Ca and we get a number of calls for the 3/4″ 160 psi tubing. Most irrigation tubing is not designed for this high of pressure, which is the reason it is difficult to locate. We have had customers use two other products, Blu-Lock 3/4″ tubing and 3/4″ gas line. Both are a heavier weight, which makes better hoops. As far as the connectors, these customers usually use a 3/4″ insert coupling…I hope this information helps you all, for next time you go to an irrigation/DIY store, find the materials you need…All this hoop talk makes me wanna hoop! 🙂

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