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#61917 - 02/04/06 06:59 PM EMT pipe straps
Sandro Offline
Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 444
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
Perhaps a trivial matter, but I am curious...when installing EMT horizontally with one hole pipe straps, which method do you favour? Screwhole above the pipe, or below?

The screwhole above the pipe looks better, but below supports better.
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#61918 - 02/04/06 07:09 PM Re: EMT pipe straps
RobbieD Offline
Registered: 02/23/03
Posts: 231
Loc: Canada
I try to put the strap with the hole on the bottom wherever I can.
#61919 - 02/04/06 07:40 PM Re: EMT pipe straps
Larry Fine Offline
Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 693
Loc: Richmond, VA
I feel that the screw-above method is better support. With the screw above, the weight hangs nearly straight down, with only shear force on the screw (and anchor).

However, with the screw below, the weight tends to pull away from the wall, applying a tensile load, and is more likely to pull an anchor out of the surface. Make sense?
Larry Fine
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#61920 - 02/04/06 08:23 PM Re: EMT pipe straps
Radar Offline
Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 349
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Ditto that - 'specially when the painters or other tradesmen use the emt as a handhold while using a box or bucket as a ladder.
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#61921 - 02/05/06 12:55 AM Re: EMT pipe straps
dougwells Offline

Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1137
Loc: kamloops BC Canada
The last EMT straps i got from Westburne (rexel) are really cheaply made.I cant believe how they can cut out the amount of metal in these things but they did.
#61922 - 02/05/06 05:49 AM Re: EMT pipe straps
Sandro Offline
Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 444
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
dougwells... AGREED... I noticed they changed too, they are from China and they are really shiny, thin and cheap. They are definitely weaker than the last brand I used. Time to change suppliers.
#61923 - 02/05/06 05:54 AM Re: EMT pipe straps
iwire Offline
Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4391
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
You can order them heavy duty, at least one manufacturer makes light, medium and heavy duty 1 hole clips.

The lightest duty ones are worthless IMO.
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Construction & Maintenance Electrician
#61924 - 02/05/06 08:23 AM Re: EMT pipe straps
Rewired Offline
Registered: 01/01/06
Posts: 558
Loc: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I prefer the screwhole below the pipe, but either way they both work..
As for those shiny things they pass off as straps.. My boss has boxes of them things.. They are useless I think, and good luck finding those "cheap but good" ones like what Swift Devices used to make...

I used to work behind the counter at a supplier here in Hamilton, whatever the "cheapest" was they could buy is whatever they would stock.. same goes for most other suppliers..

#61925 - 02/05/06 11:50 AM Re: EMT pipe straps
Wireless Offline
Registered: 06/09/05
Posts: 73
Loc: Los Angeles CA USA
I Try to alternate them.

[This message has been edited by Wireless (edited 02-05-2006).]
#61926 - 02/05/06 01:17 PM Re: EMT pipe straps
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Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 687
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
Screw hole below for me.

If the pipe gets abuse and the ancors loosen or the strap bends at least the anchor will keep the pipe from falling.

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