Weigh random **** with food scale until you get 1.25 pounds, tie/tape said random **** to bar when needed.
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You'll notice that the interior diameter is a hair bigger than 2", which is perfect for an Olympic bar. They weigh about .63lb, so two give you around 1.25lb.
07-10-2012, 06:52 PM #36
07-10-2012, 08:14 PM #37
Fastenal's procurement spec for USS 2" washers is the same - .153" to .213" thick. If it falls within that range, it's OK.
Per Fastenal's data sheet, the weight of a .180" thick 2" washer is .63 lb. Then a .153" thick washer would weigh .53 lb and a .213" thick would weigh .74 lb. And when you buy a 2" USS washer from Fastenal, or any other supplier, the only thing you can count on is that its weight is within that range. (You can always bring a caliper or a scale to the store.)
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07-11-2012, 03:42 AM #39
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11-05-2012, 08:55 PM #41
I used to use a couple links of 3/8" or 1/2" chain, one hooked onto the loop on the spring clip on either side of the bar to add weight. I had several pairs of chain 4 links each, 8 links each....
My spare spring clips weigh .6 Lbs/each.
An extra one on each side is my 1 pound.
I weighed all my weight plates when I got them, and painted the weight on the top of the rim. It's not uncommon to have to shuffle weights around from side to side to balance the bar anyway, and sometimes they take an extra clip or two just to zero them. If I shuffle them a different way I can add an extra 1.25Lb plate, or a 2.5Lb plate to one side to balance them again at a heavier total weight.
Don't overlook using any spare clips you have, if you've got them anyway.