No Weld Pipe Jets (Again)

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Re: No Weld Pipe Jets (Again)

Post by vturbine » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:31 pm

The big problem always is "bolting on" the pipes. That's where most of the welding is necessary.

If you use water pipe nipples for the pipes, of course, you can then use floor flanges to attach them to a flat surface -- including a stainless sink. However, the pipes aren't stainless, as the sink is. Also the whole thing is heavy, but these are beginner engines, anyway.

I've found that stainless steel kitchen cannisters are often available in kitchen supply stores. These are about 5"-6" in diameter and about 9"-10" tall, with a rolled rim. That rim can be used as a flange with clips or a retainer ring to secure it by screws to a flat plate for the end. Then it's just a matter of using floor flanges for attaching pipes to the ends.

Other shapes -- here's a pasta cannister and a toilet brush cannister (NOTE, be careful when buying toilet brush cannisters to make sure they are spun from heavy ga. stainless, rather than just a glued-on trim sheet with a butted edge -- ordering online without examining could be problematic):

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A source for stainless tubing from 1" diameter to 1-1/2" is the safety grab rails used in bathrooms. These can be found at most building supply chains in the US, anyway. The ends also have a bend, and a built in flange. However, the bend isn't always 90 degrees, and the flange hole is therefore elliptical.

Here's a true 90 deg one:

Here's a stainless boat stanchion base:

Stainless steel boat tubing bends:
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Re: No Weld Pipe Jets (Again)

Post by Ghrey » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:08 pm

I have tried threading the OD of 1/2" thin wall tubing, and the ID of a matching pair of washers. The washers tighten on either side of your CC wall ( another glue can top in this case ) with a little heat resistant goo it works so far. Yes you need taps and dies, But no welding is required, and it is lighter...

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No real time to work on jets, more space, no time.

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