I've found myself in a situation where I have to build my own hula hoop. In the past (one time) I bought a hula hoop at folk fest. This hoop has served me well. In performance, swirling around my middle while I brushed my teeth, or playing the ukulele while hooping for my own amusement. Now, the unthinkable has happened. Can the circle be broken? Yes. I'm leading a beginner hula hoop class next week, and will eventually be hooping for Circus of Objects in the fall so it is necessary I have a working hoop. You can find many DIY sites showing you how to BYOH, but most involve heat guns and couplers. I'm not sure I can spell "coupler" right, and I don't own a heat gun (although my hair dryer, which I barely use, shoots heat. Does that count?) At any rate, I can't seem to be able to just buy a hula hoop (of quality, no plastic with sand for me) so off to the hardware store I go!