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Clamps Make It Easy To Build With Pipe
You can use steel pipe to put up a building frame without any drilling, thread-cutting or even welding by using new clamps designed by Mills Tourtellotte, Rosenberg, Texas.
  "Steel pipe is stronger, much more fire resistant than wood, and it's termite-proof. In some places, used pipe is as readily available as wood and priced comparably," Tourtellotte says.
  He set out a few years ago to put up a building with a steel pipe frame. Trouble was, after trying all the clamps he could find, he wasn't satisfied.
  So Tourtellotte designed his own clamps that worked so well he decided to patent them. He now manufactures many different sizes of clamps. The smallest connects 1/4-in. pipe to 3/8-in. pipe. The largest connects 4-in. to 8-in. pipe.
  "Our clamps are more economical and work better than anything on the market," he insists. "In fact, most of the clamp sizes we make aren't available from any other source."
  Fabricators, Inc., Tourtellotte's steel fabricating company, makes and sells the clamps.
  All you need to build with these clamps is a plan, pipe, a measuring tape, a pipe cutter and a wrench. "They can be put in place quickly and they can be loosened to adjust the pipes or to disassemble the joint, if needed. "That's something our main competitors can't do," he says.
  Prices range from $2.10 for the smallest clamp to $41.70 for the largest. If you're interested in building with pipe, Tourtellotte will send a free sample of a clamp holding two sections of 1/2-in. pipe, along with a complete listing of sizes available and prices.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mills Tourtellotte, FABRICATORS, INC., 418 Avenue H, Box 242, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 (ph 281 232-6547).

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1