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Forum topic by KEVMO11 posted 04-02-2018 03:23 PM 755 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KEVMO11

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04-02-2018 03:23 PM

This is more of a generic helpful post and I’m sure I’m not the first person to stumble upon this.

Last weekend I went to Home Depot to get some new bar clamps. I picked up two Bessey 3/4” Bar clamps ends ($13.97ea) and proceeded over to the 3/4” black pipe.

One 48” pipe is $14.58
One 60” pipe is $15.92
One 120” (10’) pipe is $16.75

After noticing this I asked an employee if he would cut the 10’ pipe for me in half. He said he could do it no problem and would also re-thread it for me and they don’t even charge for it. (Because I was using this for clamps I didn’t them re-threaded)

Anyway, I know this isn’t a HUGE saving but getting two 60” bar clamps for $22 ea definitely saved a little money.

Hope this can help someone


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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 04-02-2018 03:54 PM

You can save a few more $$ if you buy clamps from Harbor Freight. They retail for $11.99, with 20% coupon cost $10. They also go on sale for <$10 occasionally, and become hard to find as they are sell out fast due popularity. Look identical to Bessey.

FWIW – Wholesale cost by semi-truck load for 3/4” black pipe is about $5 length. If you decided you need more than 1 length of pipe and no freebie threading, your local plumbing supply will likely sell you same pipe for 20-30% less than BORG prices. At least mine does….

Best Luck.

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KEVMO11

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#2 posted 04-02-2018 04:49 PM

That’s great to know. Thank you. I’ve never thought to look at HF for those style clamps.

Cant ever have enough clamps!

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Ripper70

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#3 posted 04-02-2018 05:06 PM

Next time, have both ends threaded. You can then join the pipes with couplers to make a variety of clamp lengths. I get the 10’ pipes cut into 2’, 3’ and 5’ sections and can pretty much cover any clamp length I need.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 04-02-2018 06:15 PM

And…........those are best referred to as PIPE clamps. Just so ya know.

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scribble

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#5 posted 04-04-2018 05:29 PM

You have to be carefull at HD when asking them to cut and thread a 10’ section down to what you want. The 2 by me will charge you the price of the smaller sections once it is cut vs the 10’ portion, so no savings.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#6 posted 04-04-2018 05:32 PM

Good to know! Anyone else prefer the galvanized over the black pipe? That’s what I’ve started using just to avoid the mess the black pipes make and haven’t noticed a difference in strength or anything so far.

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KEVMO11

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#7 posted 04-04-2018 05:54 PM

@Scribble – That’s good to know. The Home Depot I usually go to is a fairly small Home Depot in a small town. Maybe that has something to do with it… But after the guy cut it for me I asked if there was a charge for cutting and he said no. And i just told the cashier someone had cut it in half and she just rang it up as one. (Ill have to try this at a more mainstream HD)

@Borkwood – I have only used the black pipe but I would guess the galvanized would work just as well.

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William Shelley

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#8 posted 04-04-2018 06:01 PM



You have to be carefull at HD when asking them to cut and thread a 10 section down to what you want. The 2 by me will charge you the price of the smaller sections once it is cut vs the 10 portion, so no savings.

- scribble

Report this to corporate. The cashier or store is making a mistake. The SKU for the 10ft length is different than the SKU for the pre-cut 5ft lengths, so they’re charging you for the wrong item.

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John Smith

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#9 posted 04-04-2018 06:12 PM

the silver galvanized rigid EMT pipe gets slippery after a lot of use and the locking grabber thing slips.
black iron pipe seems to last forever before it needs any attention.
if you want good clean glue lines, put masking tape on the pipe where it contacts the wood
prior to gluing to prevent dark spots. I have not had good luck with waxed paper
like a lot of people use. (I guess it’s because I use a lot of redwood – and it is notorious for bleeding).
the silver couplings that Ripper suggested is thinner than the water pipe couplings.
sold in the electrical department and the threads fit the standard black iron pipe.

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 04-04-2018 06:14 PM



Good to know! Anyone else prefer the galvanized over the black pipe? That s what I ve started using just to avoid the mess the black pipes make and haven t noticed a difference in strength or anything so far.

- BorkWood

I always used galvanized pipe until I read about how you never should use galvanized pipe 8^)

One reason being is the black pipe provides a better grip for the clamp mechanism, galvanized is just too slick and hard.
I admit that my galvanized pipes will slip if I try and crank down too hard, but that is only in extreme cases. You can save a few cents with black pipe, but the costs of the solvents used to remove all the oil and grease preservatives quickly wipes out that advantage. IMO it really doesn’t matter which pipe type you choose.

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scribble

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#11 posted 04-04-2018 09:00 PM

I cut down small sections of PCV that fit over the pipe (can’t remember the size) they are 3/4-1” wide and keep the project off the black pipes. I leave them always on.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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