How to build a deadlift jack

It’s time to learn how to build a deadlift jack. I found some details online and decided to put together a video and a detailed article. You can watch the video to follow along and/or check out the detailed article below.

Video correction: these are 3/4 inch pieces, video references a 1″ thickness. If you purchased 1″ pieces, that is completely fine and will work just the same.

Materials Needed

1 – 3/4″ x 12″ galvanized pipe
4 – 3/4″ x 2.5″ galvanized pipe
4 – 3/4″ galvanized T pieces
2 – 3/4″ elbow joints


Start at the base with a T connector and attach (by screwing them together) the 12″ pipe to the middle hole in the T connector. Then attach the second T connector to the other end of the 12″ pipe. These T connectors should point in opposite directions of one another. Working from this same end screw a 2.5″ piece of pipe to one side of the T connector. Then, screw another 2.5″ pipe to the other end of the T connector. Attach a T connector to one of the 2.5″ pieces of pipe and make sure that it is facing the same direction as the initial T connector you used. This will form the base of the deadlift jack.

Now let’s work on the top half of the deadlift jack. Let’s work from the other 2.5″ pipe you previously attached. You will start by attaching the last T connector to the 2.5″ pipe. This T connector should run parallel (in the same direction) as the longer 12″ pipe. Thread the elbow joints (the end with the threads) to the T connector and repeat for the other side of the T connector. These elbow pieces should be pointing up toward the sky.

Finally, you’ll attach a 2.5″ pipe to the other side of the elbow joint. Then, do the same for the other elbow joint. After this is all complete you should have a deadlift jack that looks like the still image in the video. From there you can wrap the top portion (where the barbell would sit inside) with electrical tape or duct tape to help protect the barbell.

Congratulations, you now have a DIY deadlift jack!


About Brandon Hahn

Brandon has a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and has been in the health & fitness industry since 2006. In over 10 years he's done it all from managing a gym, training clients, owning an exercise equipment dealership, and managing a supplement company.
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