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gifty74 10-24-2012 02:00 AM

My Weldless Build With 1 5/8" Strut
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Started my stand build tonight. I like the weldless concept, but didn't like the thin (relative to Strut material) wall section of the angle stock I was seeing at Lowes/HD. I looked into this material after seeing a few others use it, and designed my custom 2 station stand (1 pump, will keep BK on floor until sparge then raise up to replace HLT on the stand). On top of being much heavier duty, it's cheaper (@ $13 per 10' stick) and you can buy any fitting or connector piece available. I got the corner brackets seen in the pic and it makes for one heck of a sturdy stand. The beauty are the nuts that are specially designed to bite into the channel when tightened down. I was going to put vertical risers in mid way across the main beams but it's so sturdy I'll just add one in the front to mount my March pump. They also sell pipe holders in all sizes that latch into the channel. I'll get some for my 1/2" NG manifold and one 4" one for my March pump and then I can mount and adjust it however I need. I'm really happy with how easy it was to assemble, how sturdy it is, and how cheap it was in total. I can include a parts list if anyone is interested. All you need is a chop saw or I used a metal cutoff blade from Harbor Freight ($2.50) and one blade made all 18 cuts. Even the bolts were cheap from the online strut fitting supplier at $8 for 50, free shipping. I'll update with some pics when the pump, Honeywell valve, and controller get mounted. Can wait to brew on this thing!!

dbrewski 10-24-2012 02:10 AM

I've done two weldless stands with the standard stuff from mcmaster. This looks heavy-duty! Where'd the stock come from?

gifty74 10-24-2012 12:25 PM

You can find it at most electrical supply houses. There are several close to me that carry it. It's main use is to support plumbing and conduit running in buildings or warehouses. Its shape makes it very strong. Across a 36" section (the width of my stand) one piece is safety rated at 1,130 lbs. It is heavy duty. Not quite what 2" square welded stainless is like, but well in excess of what is required for a stand holding kegs full of liquid.

FTG-05 10-24-2012 12:45 PM

That looks really heavy duty!

Parts list and sources, please?

And more pics!!! :ban:


vwdan 10-24-2012 12:55 PM

Very cool! I can't wait to see it finished!

gifty74 10-24-2012 02:11 PM

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Excel sheet with live links would not attach so had to do a screen shot. Full parts list to build what you see above. Total for my build so far is $142. Bummer is it makes sense to buy the 100-pack of strut nuts even though you only need like 40. Bolts are super cheap for that size and qty. The beauty is you can make the main beams and/or the height anything you want. And if it's not what you like, just buy another stick of strut for $14 and cut some new length. Unbolt the old and bolt in the new.

FTG-05 10-24-2012 05:33 PM

Good stuff!


naiek 10-24-2012 06:47 PM

Thanks for posting this, think I will be doing this soon

LuiInIdaho 10-24-2012 08:55 PM

Looking good! I am awaiting to see your finished product. I also have been thinking about going this route given that the unistrut is less than the galvanized steel angle iron.


limulus 10-24-2012 09:37 PM

Nice to see another build with this stuff. It looks great! I'm going to build a small stand for mine also. Just an FYI for those who don't know: you can also buy this stuff at HD/Lowes. They even have two sizes in 10ft lengths and it's somewhere in the $12-$16/10ft range. I have a HD just 1.5mi from me and for me it's all about convenience and time. It just isn't worth the drive to save $2/section.

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