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Forum topic by jesinfla posted 04-14-2016 12:18 AM 914 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2016 12:18 AM

I recently started to work with pipe clamps.

I bought some galvanized steel piping from HD and some clamps from HF.

I also purchased a chop cutter to cut the pipe and a pipe threader – both from HF.

Problem is – I can cut the pipe now, but I can’t get the threader to work. It’s a ratchet manual pipe threader – cost me $27.00

Is there a secret to this? The pipe fits in the tool and turns but it never “catches” to make the thread.
I put the pipe in a vise, place the tool over the pipe, push on the tool to get it started and using the handle turn the threader – nada, nothing zippo!

I’m going to return this tool tomorrow if I can’t get it to work.

What kind of shop would I look for to make the threads for these pipes? I cut 1,2,3 and 4 foot lengths and a few of them need threads.

Thanks as always in advance

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#1 posted 04-14-2016 12:28 AM

If you buy lengths of pipe from lowes or hd they will cut and thread it for you. They have machines in store somewhere in the plumbing dept. Free too.

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 12:36 AM

You should have gotten black pipe. Galvanized isn’t the preferred choice for pipe clamps. Home Depot cut and thread the pipe for me at no charge. Did you put a chamfer on the pipe? It takes a lot of pressure to thread pipe. A Plumber would be the person to thread the pipe. It would be cheaper to go back to HD and get new pipe. They might even do some your previous purchase. I would be cheaper to pay HD to do it.

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#3 posted 04-14-2016 12:42 AM

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What they said…

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#4 posted 04-14-2016 01:25 AM

Thanks all – my HD said they don’t do that :(

Must have gotten the wrong freakin idiot

And they didn’t have the black pipe only the galvanized :(

My HD sucks!

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#5 posted 04-14-2016 01:33 AM

Check to see if they have black iron in pre-cut lengths and already threaded (2’,4’,6’,et cetera). My local Lowes, HD, and Menards all have it…Maybe you’ll luck out at another big box store….

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#6 posted 04-14-2016 02:14 AM

http://www.amazon.com/IRWIN-Tools-Record-4-inch-224134/dp/B0000CCXVO
These clamps don’t need threaded pipe

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#7 posted 04-14-2016 02:25 AM



You should have gotten black pipe. Galvanized isn t the preferred choice for pipe clamps.

- rick1955

Why is black pipe preferred? I would think it would get the black oil that theyre coated with all over your wood, unless it’s a different black pipe than what I’m thinking of. Galv seems to work fine for me. Just curious.

You should be able to get HD to thread your pipe, otherwise a plumber might be willing to do it for you since they work with the stuff a lot

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#8 posted 04-14-2016 02:39 AM

Black pipe is usually coated in a type of varnish.
Galvanized pipe will work, but the zinc coating will chip off the pipe and gum up the gripping teeth of the sliding half of the clamp.
”The pipe fits in the tool and turns but it never “catches” to make the thread.” Are you sure you are turning the die in the clockwise direction while pushing against the stationary pipe. Also, the die itself has an in side and an out side. The in side is larger than the out side.

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#9 posted 04-14-2016 02:57 AM

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Thanks all – my HD said they don t do that :(

Must have gotten the wrong freakin idiot

And they didn t have the black pipe only the galvanized :(

My HD sucks!

- jesinfla

Black iron pipe is used for gas lines where I live, maybe FL does not allow black iron pipe to be used. That would explain why your HD does not sell it. Someone else in FL may be able to answer that better than me because I am just guessing why they told you they don’t have it.

I would visit another store or try a different box store. Menards is not that far south but Lowes may be able to help you.

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#10 posted 04-14-2016 03:04 AM

I’m no help with the threader. I buy lengths that are threaded at each end and cut them in half since you only need threads at one end.

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#11 posted 04-14-2016 03:10 AM


Why is black pipe preferred?

Because the clamps don’t grip the galvanized nearly as well. You can clamp them a LOT tighter with black pipe.

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#12 posted 04-14-2016 03:16 AM

I agree black pipe is the way to go.I had some old clamps that had galvanized pipe and the galvanization was chipping off. Another thing to think about is that 4’ pipe won’t make 4’ clamps ,the clamps take up space when screwed on,if you buy pipe about 6”-7” longer that should make them long enough to give you enough space for the inside clamping area you need as and example 31” pipe to get 24” inside clamp area.

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#13 posted 04-14-2016 03:18 AM

One more thing is that 3/4” pipe is much better than 1/2”,1/2” flexes to much.

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#14 posted 04-14-2016 05:25 AM

Make sure that your cuts are straight and clean. Use a file to remove any burrs on the outside of the pipe. As was pointed out the die will only go on one way. And use a good cutting oil.

I am a propane service tech. I cut and thread galvanized and black pipe all the time.
Watch some you tube videos if you haven’t already.

And I only use galvanized pipe for my pipe clamps, and I have never had any problems.

If you are not careful black pipe will stain your wood. Any pipe black or galvanized will have oily residue on it and needs to be cleaned before use. 3/4” pipe is better.

My 2¢

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#15 posted 04-14-2016 05:36 AM



If you buy lengths of pipe from lowes or hd they will cut and thread it for you. They have machines in store somewhere in the plumbing dept. Free too.

- joey502


I tried getting HD to thread some EMT/galvanized to use as pipe clamp material figuring it’d be lighter than black iron pipe. They refused stating that they could/would only thread the iron pipe. I ended up going with the black pipe but threading both ends and getting a bunch of some rigid couplings so I could connect them to make longer clamps if needed.

I ended up buying a half dozen 10’ lengths and having them cut into a variety of 6’, 4’, 3’ and 2’ lengths. Threading was free and I kept the guy in the orange smock busy for about an hour but they work well and along with the HF pipe clamps they’re a bargain for sure.

Get these in 3/4”:

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