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Old 08-12-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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Please explain what tin shears are. I need to cut some 3/4" galvanized pipe and am not sure what to use. I thought that galvanized was harder to cut than using shears, or is it a special tool?? I know how to cut copper and have a sawsall with metal blade (but wondering how to get a smooth cut with the sawsall). I need this for a closet pole. I did a built-in closet for one of my clients and used 1 1/4" curtain rods for the poles (because they looked good) but ended up not being strong enough. She has sooooo many clothes stuffed into a small closet that the rod broke. I felt that metal would hold up to her stuffing. I am also concerned about the sockets (round plastic with one screw in the middle going into MDF).

Any suggestions?????????????????? I do know this is not totally a plumbing issue but am hoping for help. Please direct me if I need to post this to another heading.

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(I posted this in HVAC by mistake, please forgive me, I feel this is a plumbing issue)

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The tin shears I'm familiar with wouldn't do it. They're for sheet metal. Since you're just doing one or two cuts, I'd use a hacksaw or a pipecutter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe_cutter

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I know what tin snips are. I did a search and found a thread about cutting galvanized pipe. This post started as a reply on a HVAC post and I felt that plumbers would know better and I need to know for finishing a job tomorrow. I need to know how to do a smooth cut on galvanized and a hacksaw may not be the best route.
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I just cut a 1 1/2 inch gal pipe with a saws all and a irwin metal blade(from lowe's 2.69 maybe), cut like butter actually!! Use a file to smooth...hacksaw would be more elbow grease!
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The depot will cut it any length you want.
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Okayuh! I'll ask it here too.

How long does this closet pole have to be?
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Sawsall with a metal cutting blade. One inch pipe would be better.
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Did you read the post I made in the other thread?
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You can cut the galvanized pipe with a chop saw using a metal cut off wheel. We do it all the time. If you also want the pipe to hold and not pull out of the MDF then go to home depot and have the ends of the pipe threaded and get yourself some threaded flanges something like this and put a washer on the backside to match your screw holes nut and bolt together and your good to go.
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The floor flange is iffy sometimes. A lot of contractors wont put a stud in the middle of the wall.
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The floor flange is iffy sometimes. A lot of contractors wont put a stud in the middle of the wall.
Yeah but she is the one who built the closet. I also said apply washers on the back side with nut and bolt.
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I think she is a decorater, not a builder.
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Could be but she will find a solution that will work for her with the help from us.
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Somebody's putting WAY too much time thinking about this...

If you're mounting this pole "wall to wall" the ends don't have to be perfect, they are hidden by the "holders". Cut it to size with the "Sawzall" and a touch of the file to remove the sharp edges.

I would use the metal "rod hangers" and drill and install a screw into the bottom of the pipe, through the holder, so it doesn't turn.
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Yea, don't thing about it just do it..Geesh, that's how we got here today. How do you suppose shi is going to stick the external diameter of that pipe into the threaded dimension of that flange?? Don't spend too much time thinking about it. Its not going to happen.

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