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I am interested in making some jumps and such to give the dog something new to learn and enjoy. Does anyone have any good ideas or any good websites on how to make you own. I have about 10 pallets i got from work that i can take apart to use. I am not entirely sure how wide and how tall to make them.
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My first jumps were made of wood. If I knew then what I know now, I would never have used wood. PVC all the way! I am the queen of PVC!
You can use it to make jumps, weave poles, the frame for a tire jump, a base for the teeter, base for the pause table, framework for a platform in your vehicle so that you can stack crates on top and store stuff underneath...can you tell that I think you should use PVC?!?

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By far and away the easiest way to make the jump cups is by going to cleanrun and purchasing the jump cup strips.

CleanRun Store

They also sell the PVC connectors and I found their price was pretty good. Look at the picture of the jump on their page with the jump cups and you can figure it out.

I use 1 1/4 PVC and there are snippers you can buy that cut the PVC. If they aren't busy at the Home Depot/Loews, sometimes they can also do some of the cuts.
 

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Originally Posted By: AshleynJustinI am interested in making some jumps and such to give the dog something new to learn and enjoy. Does anyone have any good ideas or any good websites on how to make you own. I have about 10 pallets i got from work that i can take apart to use. I am not entirely sure how wide and how tall to make them.
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I made three, plus 6 weaves, and it was about $70. The jumps are what our local club uses in their AKC competitions, so they are "official" enough.

Here is the plan:
http://www.dutchbingo.net/personal/DIY%20Agility%20Jumps.pdf

The two important things to remember are:
1. Bars MUST easily be off set if the dog runs into it, taps it with a foot going over, etc. You do not want a dog getting caught on a bar that won't very easily fall.

2. Any bars except the one on the ground should be able to easily fall. Safety reasons, same as above.

ETA: To cut the pipes, I just use a junky old hacksaw I found in the basement. That's really the only tool I needed, besides any paint I wanted to use (but a lot of people use colored tapes and I recommend that, my paint is slowly chipping off).
 
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