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Thread: FYI: Home Depot no longer stocks metal pipe or fittings

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    FYI: Home Depot no longer stocks metal pipe or fittings

    Home depots near me no longer stock iron pipe or iron pipe fittings. They have to be ordered online. I am doing a gas dryer install and I have to wait a few days for a simple 1/2" NPT elbow! At least it is free shipping to home or store.
    Lowes website shows they still stock iron pipe stuff.
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    Brick and mortar retailers are being driven to stock only those items that are sure to move at a predictable rate. The shopping malls have gone the way of the dodo bird. I wonder if warehouse-style home centers are next?
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    I found it cheaper at dedicated plumbing suppliers anyway. The one good thing about HD and black iron pipe was that they would thread a cut piece for you. I'm sorry to see that go because I never used enough to invest in threading equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    I found it cheaper at dedicated plumbing suppliers anyway. The one good thing about HD and black iron pipe was that they would thread a cut piece for you. I'm sorry to see that go because I never used enough to invest in threading equipment.
    I purchased a NPT die set at an estate sale for ten bucks. I tend to buy full length pipe and cut it for pipe clamps. That works fine for four foot sections. I did purchase a used 3/4" NPT die to rethread shorter pieces.

    Now all I really need is a second shop for metal work.

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    I guess if our HD shuts down that department, I'll be looking for a die too. If you need a specific length, and you buy the pipe from them, they would thread it for no charge with a power threader sitting in the aisleway. I saw it still sitting in that aisle last week.

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    I bought my outfit with all of the profit and labor for a job that required it. I did not make any money that week.
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    I have buildings full of tools and equipment funded like that too, but never did much pipe threading. The last time I needed a piece threaded was in 2012 when I put a complicated gas supply system in a house.

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    I am pleased that I squeezed under the wire for getting made in the USA. As far as elbow grease down the drain goes, It may not have been a good investment.

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    I wonder if there are liability or injury issues with the threading machines which have driven this decision?

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    Bil, don't you live in California? They are trying ban all natural gas in residential use. Main use of BI pipe is for gas lines, which is "old school." Everything is now flex pipe, which requires absolutely no plumbing skills to install. Proud holder of a P-1 plumbing licensee in working years.

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    I much prefer metal pipe for garden faucets and brackets to hold things.
    I did not notice the gas flex pipe coils and fittings. The gas flex whips were very few. I bought one from Amazon for 1/4 the price and it included a blowout valve. $41 vs 10 Dollars
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Frederick View Post
    I wonder if there are liability or injury issues with the threading machines which have driven this decision?
    I know of one fatality caused by an electric pipe threader. It is a very grim, very sad story.
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    Are you sure this isn't just a local thing? Lots of uses for steel pipe and its still Code in Lots of places. Accidents with threading machines, Hippe folks getting long hair caught.... pretty gruesome.
    Last edited by Bill George; 11-05-2022 at 8:40 AM.
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    The elderly gentleman in Concord NH was bending down to lift the lever on his foot switch that had stuck. He lost his grip on the machine and it tangled in his bib overalls.
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    California has probably discovered that iron pipe and fittings cause cancer

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