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Old 09-25-2012, 12:03 AM   #561
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I went another route. Mine is for Sale

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/3307174814.html


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I am elated and embarrassed to say that 2 1/2 years after starting this thread I have finally finished my rig. In my defense I was working a job that required long hours and travel, I gutted and rebuilt my retirement home, sold my former home. I've converted the rig to natural gas and tomorrow I take it for my first retirement brew session...
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Bender,
Congratulations on both counts. We also have a second home on a lake in the mountains of N GA and NC that may be our retirement spot. I may build a small electric brewery for there. A guy has to stay busy in retirement. But I have at least 10 more years before reaching that stage.
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Well,

here is my take on the weldless stand. Made a direct-fire RIMS with jaybird's 15" hinged false bottom and Bobby_M's mash tube assembly. First batch hopefully tomorrow.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:40 PM   #567
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I found a material generally referred to as "strut" (many brand names, including Power Strut, Unistrut, etc) that to me makes a stronger build. The gauge of steel used to make it is over twice as thick as the angle pieces used in these builds, and it's formed in a shape that is very strong. On top of that, it is much less expensive. I called the local electrical supply yesterday and they sell 10' sections of the Power Strut for $9.85. With 4 sticks you would be out the door for right around $40 and that would easily cover a 3 station single tier stand. The angle is over twice as expensive at $11 something for 6'. They make tons of brackets and fittings to connect it, and with some bolts you would also have a weldless stand. They even sell pipe brackets that link into the strut channel and could be used to easily mount a March pump pretty much anywhere on the rig. I'm cutting everything tomorrow and should have it together by the weekend. I'll post some pics of what I'm talking about. Has anyone used this material for a weldless stand?
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:42 PM   #568
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I found a material generally referred to as "strut" (many brand names, including Power Strut, Unistrut, etc) that to me makes a stronger build. The gauge of steel used to make it is over twice as thick as the angle pieces used in these builds, and it's formed in a shape that is very strong. On top of that, it is much less expensive. I called the local electrical supply yesterday and they sell 10' sections of the Power Strut for $9.85. With 4 sticks you would be out the door for right around $40 and that would easily cover a 3 station single tier stand. The angle is over twice as expensive at $11 something for 6'. They make tons of brackets and fittings to connect it, and with some bolts you would also have a weldless stand. They even sell pipe brackets that link into the strut channel and could be used to easily mount a March pump pretty much anywhere on the rig. I'm cutting everything tomorrow and should have it together by the weekend. I'll post some pics of what I'm talking about. Has anyone used this material for a weldless stand?
I know exactly what you're talking about. They use it to mount HVAC stuff in warehouses (like the ones at my place of employment). It's a U-channel with elongated holes in it (some that I've seen has the elongated holes). They also use it to hang fire-sprinkler pipe, etc. I've long thought about using that stuff. Good to know it's relatively inexpensive.

Edit: see, this guy used the stuff (from this thread)

http://cdn.homebrewtalk.com/attachme...and-stand3.jpg
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I found a material generally referred to as "strut" (many brand names, including Power Strut, Unistrut, etc) that to me makes a stronger build. The gauge of steel used to make it is over twice as thick as the angle pieces used in these builds, and it's formed in a shape that is very strong. On top of that, it is much less expensive. I called the local electrical supply yesterday and they sell 10' sections of the Power Strut for $9.85. With 4 sticks you would be out the door for right around $40 and that would easily cover a 3 station single tier stand. The angle is over twice as expensive at $11 something for 6'. They make tons of brackets and fittings to connect it, and with some bolts you would also have a weldless stand. They even sell pipe brackets that link into the strut channel and could be used to easily mount a March pump pretty much anywhere on the rig. I'm cutting everything tomorrow and should have it together by the weekend. I'll post some pics of what I'm talking about. Has anyone used this material for a weldless stand?

I asked the same question recently when I saw the stand in the attached thread. I knew I had seen that stuff before and it does make a nice stand. You can also buy it at Home Depot or Lowes which is where I saw it. It is definitely less than the slotted angle. There is a nice photo of one in this thread and he even posted photos of his parts after I inquired:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/show...ml#post4408618

This Google search also yielded more photos:
https://www.google.com/search?q=unis...ient=firefox-a
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Yes, exactly. It comes in 2 main sizes, and I selected the flatter (1" flat x 1 5/8" wide) as it's still strong as heck and the taller stuff seems a bit overkill.


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