threaded pipe for Jorgenson style pipe clamps

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Forum topic by bbrown posted 11-20-2019 02:32 PM 923 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2019 02:32 PM

Does anyone have a less expensive source for the threaded pipe you need for the Jorgenson style crank clamps -

1/2” and 3/4”. It’s usually black.

Big box prices are steep – costs as much as $20-25 for one 36” pipe. By the time you purchase the clamp fixtures and the pipe, it’s $50 bucks for one clamp.
I wondered if some sort of supply – plumbing, or whatever might have these for cheaper price.

Apparently this pipe on Amazon is quite thin and too weak for clamping:

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#1 posted 11-20-2019 02:42 PM

I show 3/4” black pipe as $20.76 for a 10ft piece at Home Depot in the Midwest. They’ll cut and tread it for you however you’d like.

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#2 posted 11-20-2019 02:51 PM

I it is threaded on both ends you can cut it anywhere in the middle and get two clamps out of it. You only need threads on one end.

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#3 posted 11-20-2019 03:42 PM

yeah lowes near me sells a 10’ pipe for 21.79 threaded both ends.

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#4 posted 11-20-2019 03:57 PM

Go to HD and buy the black iron pipe and have them cut to size and threaded at both ends. Use pipe couplers to join lengths together to have a variety of sizes. The service is free no matter how many threads they cut.

I had 10’ lengths cut and threaded on both ends to yield 2’, 3’, 4’ and 6’ lengths. Inspiration came from this guy. In the video he uses electrical conduit (which is cheaper) and threads it himself. HD won’t thread conduit and I don’t have a pipe threader which is why I settled for the iron pipe. But the coupler idea works well and if you can thread the pipe yourself you can save allot of money.

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#5 posted 11-20-2019 04:30 PM

Not as convenient as buying new but, you might try a scrap yard if you have one available. Or, look around for demolition sites where old pipe is being removed. Of course, always get permission before entering.

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#6 posted 11-20-2019 06:39 PM

I did what they suggested above, buy the 10’ length and have it cut. You don’t have to have it cut in half, get a 6 and a 4 or whatever combination you want.

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#7 posted 11-20-2019 07:59 PM

Thanks for the info.
The video was great – I’ll try his recommendations. Looks like the cheapest way to do this.

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#8 posted 11-20-2019 08:45 PM

For the pipe, the best price is at a steel and recycling yard. Such as Pacific Steel and Recycling or Ace Steel and recycling. Locations like these sell sheet metal, round and square tubing, angle iron, rebar and etc. you can also choose the wall thickness. These stores you can buy any length you want (they’ll cut the length) and pay by the foot and don’t have to buy the full length tube. Usually 50 cent per cut to length, and even tread the ends for you.

2 yrs ago I got four 3/4”x4’ tubes, had my own pipe threader, so the total cost was about $10.

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#9 posted 11-20-2019 11:53 PM

I did what most mentioned here.
One 10’ stick got me one 48”, and two 36” bars.
So one had to have threads cut. And I only have it threaded on the one end.
I had bought 3 sticks, so a bit of work for the guy to do.
It was at Home Depot a few years ago. And the guy doing the work for me had told me that they are only supposed to do one cut for free. And I think he was supposed to charge for the extra cuts, and threading. But he did I all for free.
I did give him a good tip though.

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#10 posted 11-22-2019 11:33 AM

Thanks again folks for the great advice.
I must have been looking in the wrong place when I was shopping for threaded pipe at Lowes.
These sources and prices seem much more manageable. I need a lot of clamps and the total cost was getting pretty steep.


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#11 posted 11-22-2019 03:04 PM

Tip the guy at Lowe’s and get it cut and threaded any lengths you want. Soooo much cheaper that way.

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#12 posted 11-22-2019 03:39 PM

Cut lengths of pipe cost as much as full sticks. It’s simply the economies of scale. Pipe manufacturers are constantly running production of 10ft sticks. They usually have to retool to make shorter lengths, so add that cost in. Then the shorter lengths sell slower for the wholesaler, so they mark them up more to allow for the time it takes to recoup the investment. For retailers, they have to be more competitively priced on 10ft sticks, too, so price to make less profit and make up for it by selling more quantity. In the end, it just means that 10ft sticks are your best bet.

If you are making a lot and the big box won’t do the work for free, it might be worth seeing if you can find a place to rent a pipe cutter and threader. Then it’s just your time to cut and thread to whatever lengths you wish.

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#13 posted 11-26-2019 03:16 PM

Many places will thread pipe at no charge.. so you can buy the longer lengths.
I have pipe threaded both ends… with couplers – 5 foot and 3 foot. so when needed I can have an 8 foot clamp

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#14 posted 11-26-2019 03:25 PM

If you live near s/w fla I have some you can have for free!

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#15 posted 11-27-2019 05:28 AM

I use my Rigid manual pipe threader I purchased from a pawn shop for $175.
It has dies for 1/2 to 2-1/2 pipe. Bought it for gas pipe projects and it’s nice to have on the shelf.

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