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The Mixed Kit includes (12) T Connectors, (4) 90 Degree Connectors, (4) 45 Degree Connectors, and (2) 180 Degree Connectors. The variety of fittings makes this kit perfect for DIY pros and beginners alike. Designed to fit inexpensive ¾ inch EMT conduit which is readily available at your local hardware store. Use this versatile building kit and conduit to create pipe furniture in your home or clean up the shop with a DIY shelving system. Your imagination is the only limit when building with the Mixed Kit and conduit!
Every connector we offer features a steel construction and a corrosion resistant black e-coating. This means your build has a sleek design that better protects your projects 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 connector
I built an indoor frame for hanging plants as my apartment doesn’t have a porch. I had a basic sketch of dimensions and form and found maker pipe to be an extremely flexible cost effective medium. Half way through construction I realized I wasn’t solving my need and simply changed the plans on the fly. You can’t make a mistake! You can only learn what works best. :)
By nature of the work I have been doing over the past 40 years and specializing in various capacities, especially things that are of a mechanical, electrical and aeronautical nature, I am naturally drawn to things and areas that share this common ground. I stumbled on Maker Pipe connectors while trying to realize a few projects made from 3/4" EMT tubing, I had long planned for, but could never find the time to do them due to to other priorities.
Because a good amount of the things I have built, since I can remember, were "bolt-on", it was natural for me to stumble on these connectors while searching specifically for bolt-on connectors I could use in full scale static and dynamic applications with inexpensive EMT tubing. I have, in the past, built things for the home and self enjoyment from EMT tubing but using the more expensive EMT connectors. I was happy to find an cost effective alternative via Maker Pipe solution so that I could continue to build creatively and inexpensively DIY fun projects for the home and self enjoyment.
I hope to soon share some of the cool things I am building with MP connectors, the thing is that when I build, I build multiple projects, at the same time, and to show something half way done is not my thing. I like to show the complete project or at least almost complete to give a good representation of it.
The MP connectors are well executed for the intended application and with some slight modification (See my DIY tips video on modifying the conduit tube ends) can be further used in more demanding applications.
The connectors have considerable and appropriate thickness, in steel, and their pressed shape is consistent through each of 3 separate orders I have placed and already using them with great satisfaction.
The interlocking hinge tabs and single bolt on press fit type clamping is also well thought out and executed with a self-retaining dent for the nut in mirror image which allows for total flexibility of use, regardless of direction connector is mounted.
The connectors are beautiful, IMHO, they have a nice durable protective finish and while in some of my project applications I have had to drill extra clamping holes, something I was fighting with, I would rather keep them stock and clean.
The flexibility in use with similar OD tubing, pipe or solid rods to 3/4" (0.92"OD) tubing is also of great benefit for building things only limited by the imagination.
As an engineer designer and artist, these connectors fit nicely all three of these areas which have formed part of what I have been doing most of my life. They are great for assemblies that either need to be quickly proto-typed or assembled permanently. Their single bolt "pressure clamp approach" allows for positional adjustment on the tube, as desired which allows one to also design and build artistically creative projects with great speed and ease.
A happy MP customer
MIA (Mario I. Arrguello - MIA Designs - MIA Micro-FLIGHT)
So far I've used them to make movable mounts for my highbay LED shop lights. They slide on the 1/2 emt. I have many fun to use uses in mind over head camera mount, SUP mount for my truck.
I can't remember when I've had so much pure fun building even the simplest of things. Highly recommend investing in a pro quality 4 roller pipe cutter, and maybe a 3/4 EMT pipe bender. I was able to pick up both for about $80 total.
A roller cutter is a must. It makes nice clean cuts, so clean I can cut in my living room without making a mess. I look forward to getting a bit more skilled at bending, just to make more graceful looking designs and save a few couplings here and there -- but unless you need an angle other than 90 or 45, you could buy a fairfew corner Maker Pipe fittings before reaching the cost of a decent bender.
I've already blown through 35ft of pipe stock I'd picked up, planning to restock with at least 100ft... Why? It's cheap, and with Maker Pipe fittings and a good cutter it's as easy to experiment with as Legos were when you were a kid. Tear it apart, reuse!
In total cost for builds EMT is SUPER cheap compared to other options like 8020 aluminum channel. I was a little reluctant when I ordered nearly $350 worth of Maker Pipe pieces sight unseen -- I don't regret it a bit. I wish I had discovered them sooner.
With luck I'll never be forced to express an idea with my lousy carpentry skills ever again. Working with EMT is safer, near-precision cuts are easier, it's less messy, and it doesn't expand and contract with moisture.