I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! It wasn’t my original plan to publish a post today. Since I discovered an entirely new way to publish a post at the wrong time, I decided it must be the right time. I’m sorry for confusing you last night. Here is the post again, y’all, and I will leave it available for you to read.
Have you ever used plumber’s pipe to hang curtains? Do you want to?
Recently I hung some curtains in our youth building at church. Since our youth members are cool, we wanted the window treatments to look cool, too. Before we chose the fabric, I already knew what rods we needed. One-inch galvanized pipe!
One inch is the inside measurement, so the pipe looks and is much larger than that. I liked that chunky look with the size of the large room, but the pipe is heavy.
The walls above the doors and windows are wood. But just outside the wood wall section, there is concrete block. I hated to drill holes into concrete block, but no one else seemed concerned about patching holes years from now when the look of plumber’s pipe is no longer cool and needs to be changed.
With the weight of the piping, it was good to use the support of a strong concrete block wall. We weren’t sure what was behind the wood wall portion – or how well it was supported.
After taking measurements, I visited Lowe’s to assess what I was dealing with. I found these pipe sections, connectors, and flanges. The longest span of pipe I used was 10 feet. A nice young man, an employee, helped me find what I needed, all in the correct size.
The items were all mixed together on the shelves, but he knew right where to look! (I’m not paid by Lowe’s for this advertising plug – just happened to be where I shopped that day.)
With the smaller sections of pipe, it was easy to come up with the lengths of pipe for the total rod widths I needed.
I was concerned with hanging the pipe so that a section can be removed to change the treatments sometime down the road. All the pieces hand-tighten together, and you can use a wrench to tighten them further. I tested how loose I could tighten each section but still have the needed strength.
If you simply hand-tighten each joint, you can tighten an end of one section and the other end loosens at the same time. This allows you to open a section enough to turn the corner pipe slightly at the flange joint and open the section of pipe.
To say it a different way, I’ll say this. If you tighten each joint too much before hanging your pipe rod, you won’t be able to remove a section later. To remove treatments from the rod, you would have to unbolt the rod and flange from the wall completely. We wouldn’t want to do that.
During the next couple of weeks, I’ll show you the completed room and the window treatments the youth have now. (Unless I complicate things again and forget to enter the publishing date correctly.) I’m so glad y’all are patient with me! 🙂
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