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  • EMT Conduit Rack - Tee fittings?

    Looking at making a rack out of 1.25" EMT Conduit, but I'm kinda stumped on the Tee fittings. Apparently Harbor Freight once carried structural fittings for 1.25"OD pipe, but no longer. Since it's electrical conduit, there really isn't much need for tee fittings (you'd use a junction box for that). What are you guys at using for fittings?
    Yamaha DTX-502, KP65 kick, TP100 snare, RHH130 hats, TP65 toms, PCY130S crash. PCY150S ride

  • #2
    Check out McMaster-Carr for some of those fittings: http://www.mcmaster.com/#electrical-...-(emt)/=w2jtom
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#electrical-...-(emt)/=w2ju91

    Here's the link for some screw pipe that will probably be a bit more stout: http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-me...d-pipe/=w2jx10
    Fitings: http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-me...ttings/=w2jx9l
    Last edited by Hoppy; 02-25-15, 10:21 PM. Reason: Added additional links
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    • #3
      that's all the same stuff Home Depot Carries at McMaster Carr prices. I'm talking about stuff like

      http://toolmonger.com/2007/09/14/a-g...pipe-fittings/

      Only it doesnt seem to exist anymore or is crazy high (27$/fitting).
      Yamaha DTX-502, KP65 kick, TP100 snare, RHH130 hats, TP65 toms, PCY130S crash. PCY150S ride

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      • #4
        Ah, I was browsing the wrong department at the home improvement warehouse. Step outside to chain link fencing. Even comes in black. 1 5/8" seems to be the most practical size - smallest upright post, and being post instead of top rail, it's available in 7 and 8 ft lengths instead of 21 ft.

        $16.60 1.625-in x 84-in Black 16-Gauge Galvanized Steel Chain-Link Fence Line Post
        $3.40 1-5/8 x 1-5/8 Black Galvanized Steel Chain-Link Fence End Post Set
        $1.32 1-5/8 Black Chain-Link Fence Dome Cap
        $0.88 1-5/8 Black Galvanized Steel Chain-Link Fence Brace Band

        Now we're cooking. Looks like I'm snowbound for a couple days so I got some time to sketch before I can get to work.



        Yamaha DTX-502, KP65 kick, TP100 snare, RHH130 hats, TP65 toms, PCY130S crash. PCY150S ride

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        • #5
          Just remember no matter where you source your tubing and connectors...standard rack tubes, claps and accessories are 1.5".
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          • #6
            Good point, although I believe I've read that Gibraltar clamps will clamp 1.5 to 1.625, but not less than 1.5. However... the big deal with EMT conduit is the lack of T fittings. It looks like chain link uprights at 1 5/8" and EMT 1.25 nominal (actually 1.510" OD) fit into the chain-link tee's will work. I think I also want a prettty small rack, was thinking 36" cross bar and one 36" wing for a 12" Up, 13"D, 16"D pad setup.

            Chain Link standard sizes include a 1 5/8, and the tee looks like so:


            It's squishable, it's cross drilled, and you can always shim it with PVC to get the fit you need. I think I like a three upright, two 36" crossbar setup (front and wing) for stability over tee-legs (got a munchkin who is VERY into drums. No clamps back of the envelope bill looks like about $50 with no mounts...but that's not as far below ebay territory as I thought it might be.
            Yamaha DTX-502, KP65 kick, TP100 snare, RHH130 hats, TP65 toms, PCY130S crash. PCY150S ride

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ludwigite View Post
              Looking at making a rack out of 1.25" EMT Conduit, but I'm kinda stumped on the Tee fittings. Apparently Harbor Freight once carried structural fittings for 1.25"OD pipe, but no longer. Since it's electrical conduit, there really isn't much need for tee fittings (you'd use a junction box for that). What are you guys at using for fittings?
              this might be the stuff that HF sold

              Aluminum Clamps
              http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/st.../kee-lite.html

              Steel Clamps:
              http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/st...kee-klamp.html
              TD-20 (non expanded), acoustic look DIY a to e conversion - some cake pan/ some crossbar method. DIY cymbals, VH-12 :-)
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              • #8
                Apparently HF was hawking a cheaper knockoff. I've found racks down to about $60 sans clamps. $130ish w enough to do what I want. I guess I'll continue my A2E conversion now and once I have pads built, sell the A kit, buy an ebay rack. And start working on my next higher end A kit. A little frustrating because it seemed like I could surely beat the commercial stuff.
                Yamaha DTX-502, KP65 kick, TP100 snare, RHH130 hats, TP65 toms, PCY130S crash. PCY150S ride

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                • #9
                  use electrical conduit and gibraltar clamps. it worked for me.

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                  • #10
                    I bought a used Roland rack, however, after seeing the Gibraltar 6000 stands, I think I can do one better. Boom stand holding the ride, hat stand holding moving hat triggers (I have a Yamaha RHH130). Use the ride stand to anchor the kick trigger. Now I just need two arms - one between the two stands to hold the rack tom and snare - I like them in line with each other. The remaining two tom pads will go on an arm off the ride stand giving me a 1U/2D with minimal fuss and footprint.
                    Yamaha DTX-502, KP65 kick, TP100 snare, RHH130 hats, TP65 toms, PCY130S crash. PCY150S ride

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                    • #11
                      There is a really nice rack for $ 320 in Amazon, I don't know If I am allowed to post the link but look for DELUXE DRUM RACK KIT- 3 SECTIONS + 26 Accessories Clamps Cymbal Stands HD CHROME much better than any DIY if you ask me ...

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