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MEERCAT
BRONZE Member since May 2002

MEERCAT

A Meerkat that eats chicken
Location: Cambridge UK

Total posts: 194
Posted:
Hello Everyone ,

I was wondering if anyone could help me, I have put a search out on this subject and nothing has answered my question so here it go's, I have been looking for some polycarbonate clear tubing bout 2 lengths 5 ft each of the stuff , i have looked on sites and most places only sell in bulk ....apart from places in America mad

I live in Cambridgeshire with not a huge amount of money so the P & P would be expensive to go all that way ..so i was wondering if anybody knew where i could get what i need .......anybodys DADs in that line of work ubbangel

It would be superb if i could get website names anything that can help.


thankx THE MEERCAT


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Gelfling
BRONZE Member since Jul 2004

Gelfling

Watcher of 80s cartoons
Location: Chepstow & Bristol

Total posts: 665
Posted:Have you checked your local scrap stores? Ask the local secondary schools where they get their stuff - although its the holidays so that might be tricky. Ask the art departmeant at the uni. With these things best to try your luck with as many places as possible.

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>I'm optimistic.
>So why do you look so sad?
>I'm not sure that my optimism is justified.

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flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:I had a similar result when I was wanting to make some electro staves a couple of years back. Only places I could find were distributing/manufacturing bulk, and whatsmore the diameter I wanted was apparently not a standard measurement, so they were going to need to make a specific mould for me. Was way too costly, even if I decided to make more staves from the excess and sell them.

Good luck!

PS - I'm in Australia


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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:my search came to fruition when instead of polycarbonate, i looked up 'acrylic' in the tome of pages of yellow. I landed me a local importer of german clear arcylics. especially tubing of various lengths. Now i can make that plastic lover i've always wanted.
now hang on, did i just say that or think it?


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polythene


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Location: London/ Surrey

Total posts: 1359
Posted:I've pm'd ya with some nice shiny uk websites smile

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MEERCAT
BRONZE Member since May 2002

MEERCAT

A Meerkat that eats chicken
Location: Cambridge UK

Total posts: 194
Posted:Thanks for your help Polythene i will look at those sites...

Good idea bender but acrylic i thought was a very rigid plastic that shatters ?not quite sure on that one i will look in to that too. thankx


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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:i made mine 2 years ago and it's as rigid as *insert rude analogy* here.

to this day i cannot even bend it it is that thick! hi grade stuff! juggle

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railspinner


railspinner

journeyman
Location: canada

Total posts: 99
Posted:Wasn't their a big fuss recently over carcinigens in poly carbonate clear plastic? This might make your search even harder if im not mistaken.

Acrylic is pretty strong, ive experienced it's insane durability with contact juggling balls, Although a staff being hollow would have less integrity, but apparently that's not much concern according to the last post.

I know acrlyic is a lot easier to fix and polish scratches and nicks out of it to.


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Irinus
BRONZE Member since Apr 2006

enthusiast
Location: London

Total posts: 222
Posted:Whoops, just posted a great long reply before seeing the date on the original posts! Sorry! Message duly deleted.
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Mother_Natures_Son
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!

Total posts: 2418
Posted:What was it you had to say on the topic, anyway? Now you've got me curious.

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Irinus
BRONZE Member since Apr 2006

enthusiast
Location: London

Total posts: 222
Posted:In short, I know a good UK company for polycarbonate that will sell by the length (PMs welcome if curious as I'd rather not provide free advertising to anyone if I can avoid it :P).

Also, whatever gets called 'acrylic tube' in the UK is VERY brittle, polycarbonate's definitely the best stuff for the job smile

I haven't heard of a carcinogen scare involving polycarbonate though I'd recommend respiratory protection measures when sawing etc. I guess this is a bit of a no-brainer as it's always better to err on the side of caution in this area smile


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railspinner

journeyman
Location: canada

Total posts: 99
Posted:it was coloured polycarbonate water bottles containing bisphenol, some type of crazy chemical that mimics estrogen and cause various health problems with a lot of exposure, includeing breast cancer. But I think your ok if your not drinking anything from your staff.... which would be an odd thing to do.

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willworkforfoodjnr
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Total posts: 1046
Posted:Interesting method of custom-weighting your staff there! haha smile

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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

Total posts: 4061
Posted:Yard of ale anyone?

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"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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