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Build your own kayak stackers!

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by flightcancled, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. flightcancled

    flightcancled [OP] Addicted

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

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    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.

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_7emXO5pq264/S42h3Kpvy7I/AAAAAAAAAGQ/l5uIvgBjrAY/s640/2010-3-1 009.jpg


    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_7emXO5pq264/S42h3b5ixsI/AAAAAAAAAGU/gXFc_wvFenw/s640/2010-3-1 010.jpg

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

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



    Paint

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    That's as far as I have gotten for now, I'll add to this later.
     
  2. flightcancled

    flightcancled [OP] Addicted

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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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    javapop New Member

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    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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