Constructing a Stabilizer for Curling
• A section of 1” PVC pipe at least 48” long
• Three 1” Tees
• Three 1” end caps
• Two 1” 90s or elbows
• Three ¾” diameter screw attached Teflon sliders,
typically used for table leg or chair leg bottoms.
• PVC solvent and cement or 5/8" long, 1/8" diameter hex
head machine screws
• Saw for cutting pipe (a hacksaw will work)
• A square
All of the material is available at the local home store (the
blue place or the orange place will work just fine) or a local
Parts for Stabilizer (Pipe is Cut)
hardware store. Parts are probably $20. Note that 1” pipe is
1” inside diameter and the fittings are a bit larger to fit over
the outside of the pipe. To make sure you have the right parts, I suggest you test fit at the store.
Comments About Fastening Pieces
There are two ways to fasten the PVC sections. What I used was PVC cement. The caution is
that this method is quick but permanent. If you get a piece in the wrong orientation, tough. If you
are not comfortable with PVC cement, follow the directions for using screws, below.
To use PVC cement, first you brush on the solvent (it's
purple). Put the solvent on both parts, and you only need to
put it on the sections that will be in contact. The solvent
stains the PVC, your hands, your clothes and anything else
it contacts so be careful. After the solvent, apply the glue. I
find it works best to put the glue in the Tee, elbow or cap,
not on the pipe section. This approach minimizes the
amount of glue that runs all over everything. You will need
to work very quickly to get pieces aligned once connected,
the glue sets in about 10 seconds. One final note: the glue
and the solvent smell. They probably cause brain damage or something if you inhale it too much.
I strongly recommend you use it in a well ventilated space. Oh, and read and follow all
The alternate approach to fastening is screws. To attach...