If it were simple, I wouldn't be asking.
Since I had expected to be hanging some very heavy clothing on the pole in
my bedroom closets (don't ask), I decided to skip the traditional cup-type
pole supports and instead drilled pole-diameter holes in two of the upper
shelf supports (1x6). The poles were cut to the exact width of the closet
and the poles inserted into the holes before the double-width "furring
strips" were nailed to the wall.
So ... some twenty years later I'd like to replace the poles without
destroying the closet. Yes, I could rip out the shelving and side supports
and install new stuff but that seems an extreme solution to the problem --
though the only one I've come up with so far that preserves the entire
length of the pole which plugging the holes and replacing them with cup-type
Cut a vertical slot above one hole so that the pole can be lifted or lowered
into position. Use a router, or spade bit and chisel to cut the slot.
Cut the existing pole to give you access to make the modification.
Cut the pole in half and take it out. Use 2 pieces of pipe (you said
the clothes are heavy) and a "joiner thingy", one of those things you
use to join 2 pieces of pipe together to make a longer one . Join the
two pieces of pipe together with the joiner, put one end in the hole,
line up the other one and unscrew it from the joiner until it is tight
in the other hole.
The problem with that is the typical 1 piece "Joiner" to make 2 pieces of
pipe into a longer run, makes the total length shorter as you screw the
pieces together. The pipe would likely fall out of one or the other after
the "joiner" was properly fitted on to pipe ends.
Ok, sorry, I reread what you suggested and agree in principal that your
suggestion "Might" work but then another problem comes up. Because pipe
threads are tapered the fit becomes loose and sloppy as you loosen the
fitting. If you loosen the "joiner" the joint will start to and loose
strength and probably bend under its own weight. These threads are not like
the typical nut and bolt threads and or do not work like a turn buckle
First just cut the pole in two with a saw and remove it.
Second, cut a new pole to the desired length using the old pole as a guide.
Third, use a spade or Forstner bit the same diameter of the existing holes
to drill one of the existing holes about 7/8" deeper. (assumes 3/4" thick
stock with some wiggle room). You might very well just drill through
drywall... which is fine. Or you might hit a stud... which is also fine. If
one end is in an exterior wall drill into the interior wall to preserve your
vapor barrier (assuming you have one!).
Forth, stick the new pole in the newly deepened hole, line up the other end
and shift the pole sideways into the original hole.
Fifth, drive a 4d finish nail through the support and pole to keep it from
In my broom closet, I added a closet pole made from steel pipe cut to
distance between the shelf supports. On each end, I cut a square piece
of garden edging, then welded a piece of garden edging to each end of
the pipe. Each endplate has 4 holes drilled to allow screws to secure
to the shelf supports. Used a rubber hammer to force it into place.
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