Need 1 1/4" diam x 51 hard wood dowel

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07-13-2012 12:11 PM

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Hey All,

I’m in need of a 1 1/4” diam x 51” long hardwood dowel. I redid a closet and used a piece of, don’t laugh too much, pine. Now it’s laughing at me (or at least smiling) under the weight of clothes.

I’m just outside of Phila on the NJ side. Can somebody let me know if they can whip something up?


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#1 posted 07-13-2012 12:19 PM

Make a hanger bracket, with a cleat fastened to the back wall and center it on your pine rod. That will take the smile out and you should be good to go.

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 01:01 PM

I was trying to avoid a center bracket, but I think I’ll do something. Thanks!

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 01:04 PM

Aside from metal or some incredibly expensive hard exotic, I’m not sure you’ll ever be happy with a wooden dowel across that expanse. I’d second the vote for the center bracket. I know, I know; I hate those things, too. But you can’t go with a diameter bigger than the inside of a coathanger, right? Good luck!

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 01:09 PM

That is a bit long for a dowel—you can always go with a steel rod if you don’t like the idea of a center bracket. It’d be more expensive of course.

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 01:29 PM

You should be able to buy a shelf support with a “hook” for a clothes rod. I just demo’d a closet and tossed one in the dumpster. Try any big box or hardware store.

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 02:36 PM

Use a piece of 1” EMT (electrical metalic tubing) also known as thinwall conduit.
This is the correct diameter, is thinwall tubing so not too heavy, and comes in 10ft lengths.
Plus, it is electro galvanized so it won’t rust.
Can be cut to length easily with a hack saw or tubing cutter.
Or, the store might cut it for you.

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 04:31 AM

Maybe paint a section of galvanized pipe?

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 09:58 PM

I bought painted metal closet rods at Lowes .

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