The T connector is our most popular structural pipe fitting and rightfully so. You get an incredible building solution at an affordable price. Designed to fit inexpensive ¾ inch EMT conduit which is readily available at your local hardware store. The T fitting allows you to easily connect two pipes at a 90 degree angle or use it as an elbow on the ends of conduit. The clamp design allows you to quickly change a connection while building or remove and reuse the connectors in a future project. This versatile tee fitting can also be adapted to fit ½ inch EMT when used with our inexpensive adapter shim.
Every connector we offer features a steel construction and a corrosion resistant black e-coating. This means your build is better protected indoors and out. Combine these connector features with the strong and durable nature of galvanized steel conduit and you get an affordable yet sturdy building platform.
*Hardware and extra friction bands are included with each T connector
The T connector consists of two mirrored pieces that interlock together with a puzzle piece design. The two pieces clamp together with one nut and bolt. The pocket feature locks the nut into place when tightening, this makes for an easy one tool assembly no matter which side the nut is on. Every connector comes with a pre applied friction band that makes connections even more secure.
Back story on my first project: I posted a picture similar to the one below on a camper group in FaceBook looking for advice on a better way to onload and offload a 125 pound roof top tent from my car so I could roll it into my garage by myself. I built the first one out of lumber, and it was a poor design, but it was also a lot of bolts and washers and nuts.
One of the comments in response was "I think I'll try this with EMT". So I looked around and found Maker Pipe and placed an order. After the connectors arrived (and thanks to David for the design help), it took me about an hour to cut the right lengths and assemble the replacement tent caddy from Maker Pipe and some Nucor EMT that I found at Lowe's. I have found it to be more stable (better design for sure) and that I can use it with more confidence than I did the lumber model.
My experience so far is that the EMT is lighter and easier to use than lumber, and it went together easily with the connectors. I am very, very happy with the new caddy, and I've already placed an order for more connectors to build some shelving for the camping bins you can see in the photos.
Worked beautifully.... they did exactly what i needed them to.
And I'm all but certain there're never going to break like the ones they replaced.
I am a new (big) fan of maker pipe products. I discovered these during an internet search for an expanded selection of accessories to use with conduit. I had a plan in mind (lightweight folding solar panel rack for use during power outages), and was looking for a good way to make it happen. The ridged structural connectors (I used T's, 45%'s and 180's) were a big help with the project. There were some "connections" that a maker pipe piece would support, so I supplemented some handyman additions. Primarily a rotating / sliding bezel using a cast connector sleeve, which allowed a rotating arm around a pipe and a sliding connection up and down a pipe to adjust the angle of the panels presented to the sun. I also needed a hinged pipe to accommodate the changing angle of the conduit pieces as the panels are moved up and down for winter and summer use. This worked well for my project using 1/2 inch conduit (I filed the separator inside the sleeves to make a smooth pipe), but would not work with 3/4 inch unless you used 1/2 for the rotating / sliding portion. The assembly folds flat to hang on the garage wall until needed,
The project would have been impractical without the make pipe connectors. Wielding galvanized pipe is a big no-no as I understand it, plus I would have the cost of another machine!. The individual maker pipe pieces are reasonably inexpensive. Total cost to other assembly / material methods is probably on par for most applications. Commercial solar panel racks are very expensive and limited in design. With maker pipe, you can "do your own thing"! The overall cost is obviously dependent on the "density" of connectors required for you project.
Shipment through USPS is not lightening fast, but is cost effective and dependable. In my case, my total project time would have been very quick, but I ordered a subset of what I needed first, to make sure the connectors would work for my application, then placed subsequent orders to complete the project. I was very pleased with the quality of finish, strength and design of the connectors. I would love to see a pre-drilled hole midway down the connectors to add a set screw for added strength, but understand how this might detract from the overall appearance in finer projects. I am considering adding adhesive to my fixed joints for added strength.
All I have leftover from my orders is a few adaptor shims and screws, a secondary benefit of multiple orders to meet the plan, but I am sure another project will soon pop up requiring another order in the near future! Did I mention that these builds are a lot of fun?!
I look forward to new pieces coming out that might support even more projects!
I needed a custom-made attachment for an adult scooter (kickbike) that I wanted to use to exercise my whippet who loves to run. There was nothing available on the market that would work for my situation, so with just 2 T-connectors and some EMT and a few hardware bits, I made a nice dog running attachment. I attached it on the downtube of the scooter and it ensures that my dog will be safely kept away from the wheel when she runs.
This may be the simplest project ever using MakerPipe products, but it met my need!