Conduit is a great building solution for your DIY project because it is inexpensive and easy to cut. We love seeing all the ingenious hacks that our customers come up with so we compiled a short list of some of our favorites. Below are 9 tips and tricks that you can use in your next project.
These 7/8" rubber chair tips are an easy, cheap, and effective way to protect your flooring, keep the structure from sliding, and add a clean finish to your build. They are available at Lowes or Home Depot and they come in clear, white, and black.
Another simple and cheap hack is using this plumbers pipe insulation foam around conduit to protect valuable items like kayaks. You can pick some up in the plumbing section of almost every hardware/home improvement store. The 3/4" foam fits around 3/4" EMT perfectly.
If you need to secure a shelf, desk top, or anything similar to your conduit build you have a few options. Two of our favorites are these off the shelf conduit straps. They are located in the same aisle as conduit. One hole strapsare best used when you want the strap to blend in with the pipes. Two hole strapshave two points of contact with the material you are attaching so they are a bit more secure.
You can add metal rings to your horizontal pipes to add hanging storage. Make sure the ring has a larger diameter than conduit and slide them on to the pipes. Add s hooks to each ring and you have simple hanging storage.
When building a structure outside that needs to be sturdy and stay in position you can add a metal stake to the ground. Your local home improvement store offers various lengths to choose from. Once you have your metal stake just hammer it into the ground and slide the conduit pipes over top of it.
You can organize tools or other metal objects by adding neodymium magnets to the pipes. Stick them on the desired position and add your objects. It can be annoying when pulling the objects off because the magnets may come off with them. An easy fix for this would be super gluing the magnets on to the pipes.
Grip Clipsare used to store brooms and other items that fit into them. The clips also snap perfectly on to 3/4" EMT conduit. Add the clips to your desired material and you have a simple and removable shelf etc.
You can use one hole and two hole straps to mount boards to your project, but another option are these threaded inserts. They hammer into the pipe and allow for a bolt to be threaded into the conduit. You can use this hack to mount boards or plates to your conduit structure.
Conduit hangers are another off the shelf item that electricians use in their professional applications. They can also be used for your DIY project. You screw the hanger into the material that the conduit hangs from then add the pipe and tighten the supplied bolt.