This is The Secret to Buying Pipe Clamps from Home Depot. In this post, you’ll learn how to get a full set of pipe clamps from Home Depot on a single trip.
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Home Depot Pipe Clamps
If you’ve ever had to make a bench top, or a table top, having pipe clamps can help you get everything ready for gluing, and they can even help you with alignment. Again, if you don’t have a set of pipe clamps, they are too cheap not to have them.
The only problem you’re going to run into is putting them together, because when you buy a set of these clamps, there are no pipes. You need to buy, cut, and thread those pipes, and then you can install the hardware to make your completed clamp.
However, if you use this little trick while you’re at Home Depot, you’ll be able to walk out of the door with completed pipe clamps instead of parts. I’ll show you everything you need to know.
Buy the Pipe Clamp Kit
If you’re going to buy several of these, it’s a good idea just to get them all done at once. The process that comes next is fairly quick, so even if they have to run several pipes through it, it will still be fast enough.
Get as many kits as you need, or you can even order them online. You may save a few dollars if you pick them up on Amazon instead of buying them inside of a store.
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Get Your Pipe Next
The next thing you need is your pipe. You want a thicker walled pipe, and definitely not anything that looks like it’s for electrical. Thin conduit is basically useless, so don’t think you’re saving any money.
Look on the package, and it’ll tell you exactly what size and diameter pipes you need, and what the recommended thread setting is. Pick up whatever pipe is the most economical, and you can have it cut down to length in the next step.
Again, it’s not about getting the exact length that you need right now, it’s about buying whatever’s the most economical, because you can cut it down later.
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Have Them Thread the Pipe for You
You bring them your pipes, your kits, and tell them the information about the length of the pipes and the threads that need to be cut.
Well they will not assemble the kits for you, they can cut and thread the pipes to your desired length so that way when you go home you can assemble your kits into fully completed pipe clamps.
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Walk Out With Complete Clamps
Now, you’re going to be walking out the door with pipes that are ready to have the kits installed, and corresponding kits with the hardware, you’re basically walking out the door with completed clamps at this point, all you need to do is put them together.
There is one little thing though that you need to do before you put your pipe clamps together, and this is very important.
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When those pipes were cut and threaded at Home Depot, they use oil as a lubricant. This means that oil is now all over the pipes, inside, and outside. You need to remove that because oil and wood definitely do not mix.
When you get a oil on a piece of wood, it absorbs inside just like an oil finish. Now you’re going to have all kinds of problems when it comes to applying your actual finish, because it won’t like to stick.
It will also cause problems if you try to sand it out, because oil will penetrate so deeply that you may have to sand off a lot more than you are willing to lose. Instead of going through all of that, just use some solvent and clean off all the oil.
This can take a little bit of time, but keep on working until your clamps are no longer greasy. You’ll thank me later.
Assemble Your Clamps
Now that all of your pipes are nice and clean, follow the directions on your pipe clamp hardware and put your clamps together. This is a really straightforward process, and you can usually do each clamp in a couple of minutes.
You basically end up screwing one of the pieces onto the threaded end, and then the other just slides up and down the pipe.
Put all of your clamps together, and test them out to make sure that they work OK. The odds of you getting a defective hardware kit are very low, but you want to identify that long before you actually need the clamps.
Your Action Assignment
Big clamps are awesome to have in the shop. You may not use them very often, but the times that you do, they are super helpful. Also, making pipe clamps is a far more economical means of getting big clamps into your shop than buying them pre-made.
The next time you have to glue up something large, don’t worry about how you’re going to do it. Simply pull out your pipe clamps, and you’ll have everything you need for a successful project.
If you have any questions about pipe clamps and getting your hardware from Home Depot, please post a question and I’ll be glad to answer it. Happy building.
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