PHASE IV: FINISHED PRODUCT AND NOTES
Once you've got the bell as heavy as you want, slide the bucket lids on the pipe. This should also be a snug fit, but it won't be as terrible as before since the lids are so thin. You can pretty much just crunch them onto the pipe. Lock the lids securely onto the bucket (they snap in place). From here, you're good to go!
I've used this for 1 training session before, and managed 10 reps with no real issues. That said, here are a few thoughts regarding training with this versus a real bell.
-Be aware of if the plates have come loose on the pipe. The first few cleans, I had no issues. Once the plates got loose though, things got chaotic.
-Remember, the buckets arenÃ?Â¢??t holding the plates, the pipe is. This means you don't really have to worry about the buckets falling apart while the bell is overhead. At the same time though, I wouldn't drop this bell.
-This thing HURTS. The plastic isn't smooth, nor is it really soft. Catching this thing on the shoulder is going to beat it up a bit. I suppose if you were really spiffy you could cover the bell in carpet padding and gorilla tape, much like I did with my log diameter increasing project.
Additionally, here are some ways you could improve the product if you were so inclined.
-Buy some 2" rubber stoppers and screw them onto the exposed ends of the threaded pipe. Not only will this prevent black widows from biting you while you train, but it's another way to keep the lid secured to the bucket, and it means less chance of slicing yourself on the threading.
-Once everything is secure, just gorilla tape the crap out of the buckets. Keeps things stable, and makes it a little bit softer on your shoulders. Might even increase the structural integrity a bit.
-Put a physical barrier between the plates and the lids. I was thinking something like a pillow/packing material. Something light weight that will keep things in place.
Good luck, godspeed, and remember: I cannot be held liable if you choose to follow my terrible advice. I wish you a future of bruised shoulders and smashed PRs.