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Old 03-11-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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Iron Pipe Threading

I bought iron pipe from Home Depot and i needed several 16" lengths. I was told that their Rigid pipe threading machine would not thread this length as the pipe had to reach both front and rear jaws, but Rigid's website seems to indicate differently. Does anyone know if this is true before i have to rent a pipe threading ratchet and hand thread the pipes???


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Old 03-11-2009, 08:08 PM   #2
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Id just ask the rental place. Or what might be cheeper is find a hardware store that threads pipe. I know that in my neck of the woods the small hardware stores are the only ones that offer this. If you have never threaded pipe before be careful no to cut the treads to short.


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Old 03-11-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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You need 16" nipples threaded? Hell, they can be threaded all day long at that length. Of course it may be their company policy not to attempt to thread anything shorter than say 24" because....well I dont know why...go figure, eh? The simple fact is that yes, you can thread 16" lengths on that kind of machine.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:00 PM   #4
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Heck you only need 3 threads

one to start, one to hold and one for the inspector...LOL

Call a local plumber and see if they will thread the pipe.
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If I got a dime for every pipe I've threaded that didn't reach both jaws on the threader, I could have retired years ago!

That's got to be one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. They sure don't have much faith in their employees, do they?

You could likely rent a hand threader and a pipe vise fairly cheap. If the pipe is 1" or less, it threads easily, 2" is a bit tougher.

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Thanks for the info. I was pretty sure that they were incorrect about the machine. Of coarse, i can't make them thread the pipe, but i hate to spend $27 (and 45 min. each way) to rent a thread kit and vice stand to do what they could and should do for the price of the pipe. As far as threading with a ratchet, i did plenty of that as a young man and enjoyed every minute of it!
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I would try asking a different employee if he can do it. If not I would talk to the manager and find out why they can't do it. Last resort I would buy the pipe threader that they sell and use it and then take it back, if they have a lenient return policy, the one around me does. And normally I wouldn't "use" a store like that but if they don't want to do the service for you that they offer I wouldn't feel bad about doing it.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:40 AM   #8
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Isn't 16" a stock length at HD?
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The employee you talked to either did not want to do the threads, or was not knowledgeable of the process. The rear "jaws" on a pipe treader are to keep long lengths of pipe straight when the machine is on. They do not even have teeth.
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Why not just get some nipples and connectors, make the lengths that you need. Remember, you lose 7/16" each joint. We installed a fire system last week and only made 4 threads. (Newby cutting threads, we needed 1 thread, he needed to practice on 3 threads) The rest of the job was faster using nipples and couplers. The system we installed last week used much longer piping & we did cut and thread that job. However, this Thursday we used a groove lock and a Roughneck on 3 " pipe. Different pipe, different joining methods.


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