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Old 03-02-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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Cool Build your own kayak stackers!

So I have been pretty unimpressed with the Yakima stackers, $100+ for round stock, rivets and plastic. Also it is also only rated for 4 boats, and I have the capacity to do over 8 on my racks.


This sent me to Lowes to try and devise a cheaper, stronger, light weight alternative to fit on my round bars.

I came home a while later with:
10' of 3/4" copper pipe,
3/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 copper T-connector (2x)
3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 copper T-connector (2x)
JB Weld
Hose clamp (4x)
Spray paint- primer and Satin Black

Here are the connectors:


First I cut the two smaller T-connectors in half down the spine. I used a dremmel, but a hack-saw would work



I then heated each up with a torch and using a flat-head screwdriver pried open the back of each until there is a gap 3/8" wide. This I did by counter prying two flat heads, then once there was a big enough gap, using one levering against the hole in the bottom.

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Using a pipe cutter I cut two 21 inch sections of pipe. Then assembled as shown:



Apply JB weld to the inside of each connecter as shown then let sit overnight.



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That's as far as I have gotten for now, I'll add to this later.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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Its like a movie synopsis, you get to guess how it ends. (look at the parts list lol)
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additional final clues?

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Its like a movie synopsis, you get to guess how it ends. (look at the parts list lol)
I actually just found this... did you ever attach it? Did it work?

How were you going to keep the bars in an upright position?

Thanks!
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ok, I figured it out (duh...) wouldn't a 1" tee connector work better?
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