Making your own rock climbing brush is a great way to save money and get a brush that is perfect for your needs. A good climbing brush will last for many years with proper care, so it is worth taking the time to make a good one. You can make a climbing brush out of many different materials, but nylon is the most common. The following instructions are for a nylon brush.
What You Will Need
To make a climbing brush, you will need:
- 1 inch (2.5 cm) PVC pipe
- 1 inch (2.5 cm) diameter plexiglass or PVC rod
- 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) plexiglass or PVC T joint
- Dremel tool with cutting wheel
- Drill with 1/8 inch (3 mm) drill bit
- Jigsaw with fine tooth blade
- Safety glasses
- Dust mask
Making the Brush
To make the brush, you will need a piece of string, a pencil, scissors, and a ruler. Cut the string to be about 12 inches long. Fold the string in half, and make a loop at the fold by tying it together with a knot. This will be the top of the brush.
Cut 4 slits in the string about 1 inch apart, starting from the loop. These slits should be about 3/4 of an inch deep.
Now, take the pencil and poke it through the center of the loop. Twist the pencil so that the string wraps around it tightly. This will be the handle of the brush.
Finally, cut 4 pieces of cardboard that are 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. These will be the bristles of the brush. insert them into the slits in the string, with one end of each piece poking out of each slit.
Applying the Brush
To apply the climbing brush, first wet the bristles with water. Then, dip the brush into your chalk bucket and coat the bristles with chalk. Finally, apply the brush to your holds, making sure to cover them completely.
Maintaining the Brush
To keep your brush in good condition and stop it from fraying, it’s important to maintain it regularly. Depending on how often you use your brush, you should aim to clean it every few weeks or so. Cleaning is also a good opportunity to inspect the bristles for any damage and trim off any split ends.
To clean your brush, start by soaking the bristles in warm soapy water for a few minutes. Gently massage the bristles with your fingers to work up a lather, then rinse thoroughly. Squeeze excess water from the bristles and lay flat on a towel to dry. Once the brush is dry, use a bristle brush or comb to gently tame any fly-away hairs.