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Old 08-13-2011, 12:45 AM   #16
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There are some great suggestions here. Gives me lots of food for thought. In this closet I have three rods which are about 37 inches or so. Small closet and the client needed more hanging space so I put MDF in the middle and one side is now double hanging with two rods and the other side the rod is at regular height. When doing the install I put in 1x4 cleats to support shelves and the pole sockets. I usually do over kill so I know the cleats are in very well with 3" drywall screws into studs on the walls with atleast 3 per board. Since the rods were so short I did not use center supports. The only sockets I am concerned about are the ones going into the MDF center divider. Who knew you could get so many clothes and weight in such a small area. I may be a decorator but I have carpentry skills and was involved in a small remodeling company so I also understand construction somewhat.

I totally appreciate all the help posted here. I am sure I will come up with a solution.

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Old 08-13-2011, 05:07 AM   #17
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If the rods are just 3 feet long there's no need for iron pipe. A regular 1 1/4" wooden clothes pole will do just fine. I would still recommend using the metal supports at the ends. These usually have holes for 3 nails, but I usually use small screws. For the MDF I would use screws and predrill the holes just smaller than the screws. For the sidewall cleats I always use a glue and a couple screws or finishing nails. A good adhesive that I've found lately is one called Power Grab. I've even used it for some trim without nails, and it works great.
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I suggest using a tubing cutter---The cut will be perfect and makes no mess---and the tool will fit into your pocket.

Buy a decent quality one as the real cheap ones fail early in life.
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Not sure if galvanized pipe is the best choice. I expect you will paint it (make sure you use a primer intended for galvanized steel) , but the paint is going to scrach off before too long.
I agree with Johnboy that for 37 inches long, a wood rod should do. Or you might want to step up to stainless steel. If you have a Metals Supermarket near you, they will get you stainless steel tubing cut to exactly the size you want. Its not going to be very shiny --- you would need to pollish it yourself.
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Not sure if galvanized pipe is the best choice. I expect you will paint it (make sure you use a primer intended for galvanized steel) , but the paint is going to scrach off before too long.
I agree with Johnboy that for 37 inches long, a wood rod should do. Or you might want to step up to stainless steel. If you have a Metals Supermarket near you, they will get you stainless steel tubing cut to exactly the size you want. Its not going to be very shiny --- you would need to pollish it yourself.

Nice heavy rods---chrome or brushed are available at the Home Depot in the closet outfitting section----
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:30 PM   #21
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Since I made a mistake using a decorative curtain rod, not as strong as a regular closet pole, the client feels she wants metal (will not paint it, that makes no sense, with so many hangers who could even see the metal). The reason I did not use the regular closet pole brackets (the triangle type you screw to the wall) was they look terrible, needed an extra cleat, take up hanging space and the house is plaster and lathe, a bit more difficut for me to work with and who knows if there would have been a stud in the middle across from the doorway so as to have easy access to both sides.

I have a garage FULL of anything I might need, pipe, threaded sockets for it, big washers etc. Since I am not buying the pipe new, not sure if HD will cut it for me (but there is an advantage to being a woman in paint stained clothes when I shop there). I just have to dig now.

Thanks to you all I have good ammunitin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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