It's glue-up time for the bench base and I needed some 6-foot clamps. I have one 8-foot pipe clamp and was going to spring for two more 8 footers until the local Ace reported the pipe runs 25 cents and inch. Kinda takes your breath away.
I bought a couple of wonder dogs on my recent trip to Lee Valley. Screwed a foot on to one end of a 2x4 and drilled a 3/4 inch hole for the dog at the other and, voila, problem solved.
pipe clamp and was going to spring for two more 8 footers until the local Ace reported the pipe
runs 25 cents and inch. Kinda takes your breath away.
It's a LOT cheaper at Lowe's or Home Depot: approximately $11 for 1/2" x 10', $13 for 3/4", and
they'll cut and thread it at any length you want.
end of a 2x4 and drilled a 3/4 inch hole for the dog at the other and, voila, problem solved.
These days plumbing distributors sell precut and threaded pipe nipples
produced by specialty suppliers who do nothing but produce pipe
10 ft max and typically over night availability.
Cutting and threading a standard size nipple at the local distributor
store these days just isn't competitive any more.
Lowe's and Home Depot seem to think it's competitive: you can walk into any of their stores
and get 10' sections of pipe cut to whatever length you need, and threaded on the spot.
What's not competitive is buying pipe online: anything you might possibly save on the cost
of the pipe is more than consumed by the cost of shipping.
Lowes does too... but it's a little odd. You can buy a 10' pipe and have
it cut and threaded for approximately what a 2' or 4' prethreaded pipe
costs. (I don't remember the exact number... I built a hockey net a few
years ago using Lowes pipe.)
I do not why folks buy "pipe" when there is such a better alternative. Go
over to the electrical department and buy ridgid conduit. A lot cheaper -
or was the last time I bought it.
Lowes, etc, will cut and thread it for you also.
I would think that the purpose the material is to be used for, would
determine what type of material you should buy REGARDLESS of cost.
There are areas that conduit will not be applicable and may create a hazard.
I have well over 2 dozen pipe clamps varying in length from around a foot
to over 8 feet. I've never paid for a piece of pipe to use with the clamps.
It's commonly available at demolition sites, construction sites
(for the shorter lengths), places where plumbing is being upgraded,
and plenty of other free sources...
(please note that while I am a cheapskate, I do buy new pipe for plumbing
Often wrong, never in doubt.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
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