Is there really no alternative to Home Depot's outlandish prices? Nearly
$20.00, for a 6-foot piece of 3/4 inch galvanized pipe? I am wanting to
replace a shelf in the pantry I built off the kitchen years ago, and hang a
piece of pipe beneath it to hang S hooks on for pots and pans. Only it
looks like the price for such would exceed $100.00 for the six-foot shelf I
have planned. Uses a 2 x 12 and the aforementioned piece of pipe, along
with mounting hardware etc. I checked with Lowe's, and they are just as
bad, from what I can tell. Are there really no other options?
Many thanks for any advice or ideas...
Check electrical conduit. Comes in a thick walled and a thin walled. I
would think the thinner stuff would be sturdy enough unless you're hanging
all cast iron stuff. I purchased some thin walled stuff in 1 1/4 inch last
month at Lowes for $7.35 per 10 ft to reinforce a canopy cover I put up to
shade my dock. Seems to be pretty stiff in that size and a lot cheaper than
the galvanized or black pipe I was initually considering going with. I
think it's measured as O.D rather than I.D. however, if that makes a
Local Ma'n'Pa lumberyard and/or plumping supply, if there is one in your
area any more. Maybe there is a bent 2x12 in their cull pile that you
can pull six straight feet out of, or a partial stick of pipe. Can you
live with 2x10? That will be a lot cheaper- trees that can make 2x12 are
getting rare. Or even thinner wood with a vertical front 1x3 hardwood
front rail screwed to it, if they have any cheaper glued up panels or
precut plywood sheets. If you can can support the back edge with a
cleat, it should be plenty strong enough. As to the pot hooks- if you
can live with a fixed placement rather than sliding hooks, you can just
attach them directly to the shelf.
Have you checked out local Habitat ReStore? The one around here often
has old store displays dirt cheap, that parts can be scavenged from. I
hear you on the galvanized pipe, though- when I was a kid, 1.5" galv was
all my father used for closet rods in houses. I was maybe 13 years old
before I ever saw a wood closet rod.
I don't know about pipe per se, but when I finally got around to
looking up real metal suppliers in my area, the first place I stopped
had steel tube for around 1/4 of what HD wanted for it, plus 10 times
1. Be glad you don't want brass
2. Copper is less than the galvanized
Forget the pipe...rout a groove in the 2x12, insert eyebolts in groove, hang
"S" hooks from eyebolts, hang pots.
When routing the groove, make it segmented so you have bridges; i.e., rout
10", leave 2" bridge, repeat. Enlarge part of the groove so the eyebolt nut
is recessed. If the 2x12 goes wall to wall you don't need any mounting
hardware, just a wood cleat on the wall at each end.
Well, thanks for all the ideas and thought-provoking insight. Have decided
that I am just going to have to bite the bullet and accept that things are a
lot pricier than I thought. It's been a while, I guess... Anyway, thanks
for the input. Looks like I am going to spend about $80.00, but the shelf
will be by God strong and reliable. Oughta hold anything I can lift to put
up there. Guess I'm just thinking things were still like they were when I
put up the other shelves in that pantry, cutting a couple of 4 X 8 sheets of
plywood into eight pieces and hanging them with $.99 Z-brackets that I
installed upside-down, so the supporting member was on top being stretched,
instead of on the bottom being compressed. Total cost something like
$30.00, and those eight shelves are still there strong as ever. Thought
about doing that again with this shelf and a piece of 1/4" repair in the
point of the single SO-bracket for the SO hooks, but that would be solo
The comments are appreciated. Will probably be back with some other asinine
local small steel supplier sells some pipe very cheap. interesting
that some larger sizes are much more popular, and thus far cheaper.
buy long pieces, shorter lengths often cost more than one twice as
me and my best friends have built stuff from pipe.
I wouldn't buy pipe from HD at those prices. The first place that
came up when I googled was less than $15 for a 6' piece.
You just need to shop around.
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