extra long curtain rod?

We have a very wide living room window and want to get rid of the horrific vertical blinds that are there now, put in simple sheers, with a plain curtain rod.
The window is about 9'11" which means with 4" overlap on each side we need a 10'7" pole.
We went to hour hardware store and saw EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing" for $8.00. It comes in 10 foot lengths. Drat!
Any sources for longer EMT? What type of store or supplier?
I see http://www.highlandforge.com/ will make a custom tube for $11/foot. That's so much more expensive and would be a reasonable solution except for the price.
Could two lengths be joined together? By what method, and what type of store would one go to for that?
They have EMT couplers but those are designed for solving the normal usage need - running electrical cables through 'em - not hanging from a wall - and are ugly etc.
We could break it into two 5'3.5" lengths and make separate poles, but that would mean that we'll have an extra wide area in the middle where no curtains will cover. Assume we'd have one support bracket in the middle anyway, now we'd need two - one for the ends of each pole, and that would presumably leave a large gap where no curtain would cover (and the window is wide, this is not going to be where there's a frame or anything in the middle).
Any ideas?
Thanks!
Steve
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use the 10 footer and add short extension to one or both ends. Could be as simple as driving a wooden dowel into pipe.
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lee_houston wrote:

I just put up two 11' rods - bamboo, wood rings stained to match. Can use wood dowels joined with double-ended screws, pvc pipe, plain iron rod. 11' bamboo rod was about $25. Sewing drapes and the darn fabric is so heavy it is more like major construction :o) Bamboo sources might be limited outside of Florida - got it's own category in the yellow book here. :o)
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Bamboo snipped-for-privacy@portigal.com wrote:

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Unless you are making your own sheers they come with a standard 1.5" rod pocket so the maximum rod size you could make on your own would be using 1/2" emt. If you go that route buy 2 10" ones and put the joint in the middle with a support directly under it. Most likely you will need a total of 3 center supports on that width no matter what you use.
Why not just use a standard white curtain rod. Both Kirsch and Graber make one that goes to 120" and a 24" extender to the middle. MSRP is $14.50 for the rod (#6136-25) and $3.50 for the extension (#R800) Item numbers are for Kirsch. By the time you fabricate something and provide proper supports you are going to spend more than that. Using a wooden dowel as the connector was an excellent suggestion by another poster.
You might find this rod at Pennys. I doubt that HD or Lowes will stock this one.
Colbyt
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Copper water pipe can be bought up to 20" long in 1/2" and 3/4" I would get the type L which will flex less but cost more. It can be spray painted any metallic color you want. It can be filled with cement if you want it to be stiffer and heavier. Might even be able to get end caps from a standard curtain rod to fit
First place I look for window stuff is JCpenny.
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On 12 Jun 2006 11:51:53 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@portigal.com wrote:

Easiest thing would be a 'T' shaped rail mounted continuously, and using 'C' shaped curtain hooks with rollers.
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