PVC DIY Projects – Scooter Racks, Golf Nets and More

As we have previously stated elsewhere on this site, PVC is used to make a variety of things. A lot of people do not know however that you can use PVC to make many things as well.

If you have pets, you can build a simple square dog bed. Just stick the piping together in a square shape. Put covers on the bottom and on the top. It will make a cozy little bed especially for small dogs.

Bike Racks
Do you have children? If they are old enough, you probably have some bikes, kids electric scooters, or tricycle. This is great for smaller scooters and bikes. You place the piping so it will form a triangular shape and place the bottom of the piping together.

Home Workout Gym
Did you know that Pvc piping can be used to make a home gym? Crossfit is a great example as the pvc piping can be used to make parallettes. These are perfect for chin ups, push ups, l-squats, and handstands. This can be built for a one time investment of less than $40. Forget those hyped up commercials with questionable hydroxycut reviews, supposedly real slimquick reviews or even the dreaded lipozene reviews. Years ago, the phentermine review bandwagon was strong. You can become healthy and fit with this plastic piping. Who Knew?

Do you like to golf as well? Go ahead and have a little fun and build a golf net to practice your swing. The set up is similar to the dog beds but you do need to put around it nets and obviously the piping needs to be larger.

PVC and My Health

Exposure to PVC is common when dioxins are released into the air usually during the manufacturing process such as burning, landfilling of PVC.

Exposure to PVC and dioxins may cause reproductive development and other health issues so pregnant women should especially be careful.

It also has been suspected of causing problems with the hormones specifically related to the endocrine system.

PVC dust may cause issue with the lungs which could trigger asthma.  You could also have issues with the lining of the throat.  You may experience symptoms similar to acid reflux.

Exposure To PVC

As previously noted, PVC is used to make many things.  Common routes include:  inhalation, skin contact, and ingestion

Ingestion:  Water – If you live on a rural farm for example that has an irrigation system made up of PVC.  It can seep into your ground water, drinking water, and river.

Packaging from dairy and meat products.

If you have small children that play with chewable toys, then the substance can leak out.

Medical Devices:  Occurs when medical devices are inserted into you.  Ex:  Special Tubing, etc.

Inhalation (On the Job Exposure)

Plastics that contain PVC that are heated and melted which can release vapors into the air.  Not wearing proper safety gear can be a hazard.

Common Household products and dust- Common household items including vinyl flooring


Ink- Print commonly found on plastic, board or foil packed products.

Clothing – Clothing made of plastics including raincoats, jackets, etc.

Personal care – Bar soaps, shampoo and nail polish

If special medical tubes are placed in your body

What is PVC?

Plastics are a staple today.  The material is very versatile and is used in many products.  PVC stands for Polyvinyl chloride.  Plastics are identified under two umbrellas: thermosetting resin and thermoplastic resins.  PVC falls under thermoplastic resins which can be re-softened by heating.

The plastic does not have an odor is generally solid.  It is usually white.  It can come in the form of powder and pellets.  PVC contains high levels of chloride.

Common materials that contain PVC


Pipe Fittings

Pipe Conduits

Vinyl Flooring and Sliding

Wire and Cable Coatings

Packaging Materials

Wrapping Film


Down Sprouts

Door and Window Frames


Electrical Insulation




Paper and Texture Finishes

Thin Sheeting

Roof Membranes

Swimming Pool Liners

Whether Stripping



Irrigation Systems


Automotive Parts

Floor Mats

Tattoo Machines and the Like

When the material is made to bend, it is commonly used in these types of devices.


IV Bags

Blood Bags

Blood and Respiratory Tubing

Feeding Tubes


Parts of Dialysis Devices

PVC is also used to make common consumer items such as:  garden hoses, toys, inflatable devices, shoe soles, shelves and blinds, seat covers, shower curtains, furniture, plastic bags