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Forum topic by Mrussell987 posted 04-16-2016 06:36 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2016 06:36 PM

Do you thread your own black pipe or have a plumbing supply company thread for you? Im looking into buying my own pipe threader and didn’t know which one would be best. Im going to start making tables with a the black pipe bases but don’t know if a manual threader would get old real fast or if I should just go for an electric threader from the get go and not waste time and money on the manual??

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#1 posted 04-16-2016 06:53 PM

Threading pipe with a manual threader will get old real quick; go with electric. Don’t forget you will need a pipe vise.

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#2 posted 04-16-2016 08:46 PM

I’ve been wrestling with this all week – I bought the HF pipe threader ($37) twice this past week and couldn’t get it to work on my 3/4” galvanized pipe- returned them both

I ordered another from Amazon which should be here Sunday and I’m going to try again – I’m not giving up on threading my own!

I can’t afford the electric at the moment as there are more important things I want to purchase (like a band saw) so I’m going with the ratchet threader.

My problem is neither HD or Lowes cut and thread pipes they sell, plumbers want $12 per thread to cut – I need to thread 4 pipes one side = $48 – the next pipe I buy will pay for the threader once I get it threaded.

So IMO and for me, I’m trying buy and thread myself

Good luck with your project – hope it works out ok with the threading

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#3 posted 04-16-2016 09:44 PM

In my experience plumbing supply places do not thread pipe, only sell it. My local HD will cut and thread pipe. Google electric pipe threader and you can get handheld electric pipe threaders as low as $200.

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#4 posted 04-16-2016 10:14 PM

HD and Lowes is where we get our pipe cut and threaded and have always done a top notch job.

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 02:55 AM

In my experience plumbing supply places do not thread pipe, only sell it. My local HD will cut and thread pipe. Google electric pipe threader and you can get handheld electric pipe threaders as low as $200.

- rick1955

200 is not bad. As much as I plan on using it I think it will pay for itself pretty quickly. I just picture myself buying the manual one and spending hours threading and cussing and threading and cussing etc and then i think a little more money could buy peace of mind :)

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#6 posted 04-18-2016 05:14 AM

I recently built a coffee table (beech top from a tree we took down 3 or so years ago), using 1 1/2” pipe and T fittings. Instead of threading the pipe, I first counterbored the fittings with a hole saw to remove most of the threads. Then, because I couldn’t find a hole saw of the exact correct diameter, I set up my oscillating spindle sander with a coarse sleeve and sanded the rest of the threads away. Cast iron is very soft, and once I got the hang of it, it went really fast. Six fittings altogether. I then inserted the legs and stretchers into the pipe, and held them in position with allen screws. The pipes (except where they go into the leg of the T) go all the way through , so I only had to cut the legs to the length I wanted and insert them as far as seemed right to my eye.

The advantages of this were: Didn’t have to calculate how long to cut the pipe (how far will the pip screw into the fitting? You know you can’t go all the way, so you have to subtract that portion); no threads show, and the allen screws are barely visible; it’s all adjustable—I can raise the cross pieces if I wish, for example. Also, this form of construction is very easy to assemble. Think how complicated things are going to get as you start putting something like this together with threaded pipel

After I attached the legs, an incipient crack started to show in the beech, so I reshaped the hole in the flanges to an oval, and put the screws in so they just touched the steel. And the crack went away on its own. Surprise.

I intended to use black pipe, but unpainted (and ungalvanized) pipe worked out best for me. Regular pipe flanges were bigger in diameter than I wanted, so I made my own which I welded on to the legs. The caps on the bottom are simply abs pipe caps from the plumbing department. They protect the floor.

This thing is really heavy, and totally stable—no wobbliness whatsoever.

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#7 posted 04-18-2016 05:29 AM

A good ratchetimg threader will do 3/4 and 1/2 inch pipe just fine. However the imported pipe that the big box stores sell is not always the same outside diameter and can cause problems when trying to hand thread. If you have a plumbing wholesaler nearby set up an account and buy pipe from them (if possible) otherwise power threaders are almost a must. Dont blame the harbor freight threaders, id bet its the pipe.

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