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I ordered some Bessy 3/4" H style pipe clamps online. I just went to the big box store to get some pipe. Bessy says that they are made for black pipe. The black pipe at the store has a hard tar like finish to it. I don't think that this would be a good thing touching my project. Is there any reason why I shouln't use galvanized pipe?

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I ordered some Bessy 3/4" H style pipe clamps online. I just went to the big box store to get some pipe. Bessy says that they are made for black pipe. The black pipe at the store has a hard tar like finish to it. I don't think that this would be a good thing touching my project. Is there any reason why I shouln't use galvanized pipe?

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The black pipe is better but galzanized pipe will work. I have some pipe clamps with these. I used some white thread tape so it doesn't seize up incase I wanted to change the length of the pipe for different sizes. Did you try cleaning the black pipe with some solvent?

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I would go with the black pipe, Matt! The galavanized is slippery. and the clamp could slip under pressure. You could loose a grip, and have a glue adhession problem. Or worse yet, the clamp can move, or hit You. The black pipe can be cleaned up with solvent. I have seen it happen,where the clamp lost pressure, and liid on the ground when the Guys got bacK THE NEXT DAY!

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Thanks guys I will pick up the black pipe and some solvent.

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Matt, Rockler sells zinc plated pipe for use with clamps. They claim glue doesn't stick to it as easy. I have never tried it; I just clean up my black pipe with some solvent.

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Matt,
Remember there will be plenty of fumes when you use the solvent to clean the pipes.
Don't do it around open flames, this includes the pilot light in a gas water heater if there is one around. Do it with plenty of ventilation, outside would be the best location.
Let the rags sit in a open area so the solvent can evaporate before disposing of them.

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Thanks Mike and Mike
The rockler pipes seem expensive so I think I will go with the black pipe.

My shop is the back yard so ventilation is covered

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Matt,
I have been using only galvanized pipe with my pony clamps for years and have no problems with slippage, my hands don't get black from the black pipe and they don't stain the wood. Everybody has their opinion on this subject but all the professionals I know prefer to use galvanized over black pipe.
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I have used black pipe for 30 plus years.I have had galv pipe let the clamp slip.Black pipe is the way to go the blank finish is just a coating to stop it from rusting.
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I tried galvanized pipe and had slipping problems. The black pipe works, but you have to clean the protective oil off of it before using it. I then found that applying a coat of paste wax to all of my clamp bars and the pipe parts of my pipe clamps keeps the glue from sticking to it, but doesn't cause the slipping problem that the galvanize coating does. I've been doing this for over 20 years now.

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