What are Pipe Clamps?
Pipe clamps are used to secure large pieces of metal or other materials together. They may be made from various types of material such as steel, aluminum, brass, copper, plastic and many others. A common type of pipe clamp is the threaded pipe clamp. These clamps have threads at one end and a flat surface on which they rest against another piece of material (usually a wooden block).
When tightened, the two parts of the clamp fit tightly against each other.
There are several advantages to using threaded pipe clamps over other types of clamps:
The clamp is not only strong but it also prevents twisting and movement. If you twist or move the threaded pipe clamp, its threads will slip out of place and cause your workpiece to come loose.
Threaded pipe clamps are easy to install because they do not require tools. You simply screw them into the desired location with a nut and bolt. Threaded pipe clamps can also be installed quickly since they don’t need to be removed before working on them. They are also easy to remove.
The downsides to using a pipe clamp is that they can be bulky and in the way when not in use. Pipe clamps are also made of metal so they can be heavy depending on the size. This can be a disadvantage if you need to move the clamp often. Pipe clamps can also be expensive, especially specialty clamps like the quick clamp or sliding pipe clamp.
How to Use Threaded Pipe Clamps
There are three basic types of threaded pipe clamps: the fixed, sliding, and independent. These types of pipe clamps are designed for different purposes and can be used in a variety of situations:
Fixed clamp: This type of clamp is permanently attached to a flat surface. It can be installed quickly and easily without any tools. The fixed clamp is ideal for small metal pieces that do not need extra support.
Sliding clamp: This type of clamp consists of two parts. One part is permanently attached to a flat surface while the other part can slide in and out of the first part. This type of clamp can be tightened down against the work piece for extra support.
Independent clamp: This type of clamp has two separate pieces that are not connected to each other. Each part has a groove or track along the side. A track runner slides along this groove to clamp the two parts of the clamp together. The independent clamp is ideal for large pieces that require extra support.
Tips for Using a Threaded Pipe Clamp
Always use clean, dry pipe and fittings. If there is any dirt or moisture in the pipe, the threaded parts won’t screw together properly and the clamp may come loose.
Make sure you are using the proper size pipe and fittings for your project. Using the wrong size pipe or fittings will make it difficult to tighten down the clamp.
Do not over-tighten threaded pipe clamps because this can cause them to slip out of position or crack the wood.
Installing a fixed clamp is easy. Simply screw it into a flat surface such as a table, post, or even a 2 x 4. You may want to use a piece of wood as a backing to prevent the metal from scratching or damaging the surface. Once installed, the fixed clamp is ready to use.
Sliding clamps and independent clamps are a little more difficult to install because you have to create a groove in a flat surface to slide the clamp back and forth on. The best way to do this is with a router and a straight bit. You can also make a groove by hammer and nail. If you choose this method, be careful not to splinter or chip the wood.
For specific instructions on how to build these clamps, go online and do a search for “how to make a sliding pipe clamp” or “how to make an independent pipe clamp”. You’ll find several step by step guides that show you how to build these clamps. Also, be sure to ask a parent or responsible adult for help using power tools. You don’t want to hurt yourself.
With just a little bit of research and planning, you can build any size clamp you need out of threaded pipe. You’ll save money and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself! All you need now is wood and a creative idea. What are you going to build?
These clamps can be used for more than just clamping wood together. Many people use them in their hobbies and crafts. For instance, if you’re into model trains, you can use the adjustable features of the clamps to hold rail road ties or other pieces together.
You can also make specialty clamps out of threaded pipe. These are really cool and cost practically nothing to build. All you need is extra pipe and a couple of fittings. I’ll show you how it’s done.
And that’s how simple it is to make your own specialty clamps out of threaded pipe. Clamps are rated for a ton of pounds of force so you can make some really heavy duty clamps for less than the cost of one clamp at the hardware store.
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