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#47581 - 01/19/05 04:17 PM AL Pipe  
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I was wondering if anyone ever seen, used, or still use smaller AL EMT in sizes like 1/2, 3/4, & 1". I seen it in some old houses. I was just wondering why it is not seen around with the price of steel being high. I would think you could cary more bundles and be easier to bend.

Didn't AL ridgid used to cost more than steel? Now the ridgid is about 1/2 the price.

Is there anything special that should or should not be done with AL pipe. Like using steel locknuts or nipples?

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#47582 - 01/19/05 06:36 PM Re: AL Pipe  
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I had the brainstorm to check into Al EMT when the price of steel started going up.
I've not seen it in sizes smaller than 2-1/2", (but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, of course).
I found that the price of aluminum had gone up just like that of steel, and the only appreciable savings would be that of installation. 1 man can easily install 4" alone [Linked Image]

I love the stuff, just be sure to use lots of lube.


#47583 - 01/20/05 06:55 PM Re: AL Pipe  
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IIRC, th last time I did a service, 2" EMT was $22/10', Fe (galv steel) RMC was $52/10', and 2" Al RMC was $32/10'.

Quite a difference! And yes, Al used to be about 30-50% more than steel. Now the proportions are reversed, but (unfortunately) without a drop in the price of Al! [Linked Image]

Never seen thinwall Al, though...

[This message has been edited by DougW (edited 01-20-2005).]



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