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Thread: Does anyone know where I can get very small pieces of 2.5" and 4" copper pipe?

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    Does anyone know where I can get very small pieces of 2.5" and 4" copper pipe?

    I need a few inches of 2 1/2" and 4" copper pipe for a woodworking project, but the local hardware store only sell stuff up to 1 1/4" and Home Depot won't sell me less than ten feet. Does anyone know a place that sells little pieces at reasonable costs - just a few inches long?

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    Check a couple of local plumbers. They may have some leftovers from jobsites. Plumbers usually take their scraps to a salvage yard, for the additional money they bring in. One may offer to sell the scraps to you instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Check a couple of local plumbers. They may have some leftovers from jobsites. Plumbers usually take their scraps to a salvage yard, for the additional money they bring in. One may offer to sell the scraps to you instead.
    I managed to pick up some 2" that way, but the local plumber doesn't have anything larger. I'll call a few more, though - thanks for the suggestion.

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    I suspect that very few plumbers use copper pipe of that diameter any more. You can get some from this website. The shortest they sell is 1 foot sections. It will cost you.

    http://www.plumbingsupply.com/copperpipe.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Shaul View Post
    I managed to pick up some 2" that way, but the local plumber doesn't have anything larger. I'll call a few more, though - thanks for the suggestion.
    Look for a commercial plumbing contractor not a residential. You will have better luck.
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    http://www.plumbingstore.com/piping_copper.html
    You can get a one foot piece from this place
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    you can also call a gutter man as we use 3 and 4" copper down spouts on a lot of jobs.

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    Can't help with the sizes you call out, but I've got a bunch of 3" in my basement right now... this house was plumbed with all 3" copper DWV lines, and most of 'em have been replaced with PVC.
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    Thanks for the tips - I think I'll just use 2.5" aluminum pipe instead, which is much cheaper and conveniently available for use in turbocharging cars. (Yay, eBay!)

    Now, to learn how to polish aluminum - anyone have any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Shaul View Post
    ...Now, to learn how to polish aluminum - anyone have any suggestions?
    What degree of shine are you looking for? Satin, mirror, or somewhere in between? Anything from brushed (with a wire brush on a motor or drill) to buffed (sanded and/or buffed with progressively finer compounds) can be done. For a mirror finish, check out some of the buffing compounds these folks sell...

    http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/compound3.html

    (That's just a sampling of what Caswell Plating offers.)
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