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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 04:54 AM

I have found , like the others here, that buying shorter pieces of pipe with both ends threaded is the best way to go. Just add a coupler and you have a longer clamp. I made 2- 24” and 4- 48” clamps. Then, when I need a longer one I often take the ends off one of the other clamps and turn the other end around and add the coupler and I have a longer clamp made from the standard one. I use the Harbor Freight clamp ends with the 3/4” black pipe (because it will not slip like galvanized). I have found that after a bit of use, the little grabber starts to slip on the HF clamps because they are not hardened and the teeth flatten out. I sharpen the teeth with a 3 corner file and I’m good to go for a few more years.

If you are going to buy pipe in 10 ft sections, buy 2, have each it cut to 2-4’ and 1- 2’ section and have all the ends threaded. I have found that a 5’ clamp will stick into my little workspace too much. I use the 2’ clamps the most.

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