How to Make a Hula Hoop in Australia

mailbag Bec writes, “Im in Australia and I have been searching for months for “hoop connectors” instead of using pop rivets and I have had no luck Ive been to the local hardware store bunnings with a picture of a connector and they have no clue it seems the only way I can get them is online and they are not cheap at all! I’m starting to think I will just have to try pop rivets like I was recommended to by another hooper… Unless someone can suggest an alternative…”

Often the hardest part of making your own hoop can be finding the supplies. Here in the U.S. most hardware stores don’t carry the materials you need either. Even the large chain stores are hit and miss, but places that cater more to farming irrigation and plumbing are your best bet. While a couple of our advertisers sell and ship connectors, given all the hoopers spining things up down under, there must be another solution. Any of our Aussie hoopers have tips hooping making in Australia?

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  1. December 17, 2011 at 6:13 am

    There are no perfect connectors. I’ve found that the grey double-pointed connectors popular in the US bend a lot and warp/loosen after a while.

    A short length of same-material pipe with an outer diameter a little smaller than the inner diameter of your pipe will work. Wrap it with tape to friction fit it. Wooden dowels work, too, but a material similar in density and flexibility to your pipe is the best option. The joins tend to break no matter what you do, really.

    Our “Hoop Hospital” events in Tokyo cut out and replace a lot of riveted joins and torqued connectors. That is pretty much the only damage (aside from ruined tape) that we ever see.

    You can glue for extra security, but it’s not all that much more secure. Pop rivets aren’t a bad option. They hold the connector in place (unriveted joins can slip around inside the tubing if they aren’t tightly fitted) but they don’t make the join any more durable in the long run.

    My favorite joins are heated ones where the tubing is melted to itself, creating a permanent bond. This is hard to do at home and dangerous because of fumes and potential for unexpected combustion. But the joins last a long time with a lot of abuse.

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