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Clamps Make Pipe Easy To Build WIth
These new "key klamps" are like tinker toys for grownups, making it possible to use low-cost pipe to put up a wide variety of buildings and other structures.
  Erica Maloney, general manager of Alvin Industrial in Mississauga, Ontario, says the clamps work great for making tarp-covered shelters, corrals, fruit stands, handrails, shelving units, playground equipment and lighting grids, to name just a few uses.
  "I've even had people build beds and animal cages," Maloney says. "The furniture in our lobby is made from it, combined with solid oak. It's quick and easy to work with, and it's also very strong and sturdy."
  Key Klamps work together with any type of 3/4 to 2-in. schedule 40 pipe, thanks to case-hardened cup point set screws that bury their way into the pipe when tightened to 20 ft. lbs.
  The clamps are available in approximately 46 different shapes, most of which come in five different sizes.
  The floor flanges have bolt holes for affixing to any hard surface. When putting up a building, they can be anchored to footings.
  "We use a fluorocarbon finish on most of our clamps that has proven to be superior to galvanizing in a salt spray test. This also gives our clamps a smoother, cleaner finish compared to galvanizing," Maloney says. "Because our product doesn't corrode as quickly, structures built with them can be taken apart and moved easily."
  Prices vary for different styles of clamps, but a standard 1-in. T-clamp is $5.55.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alvin Industrial Sales Ltd., 365 Watline Ave., Unit 1 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L4Z 1P3 (ph 905 507-4933 or 800 267-2648; fax 905 507-8288; email: alvinind@ica.net; website: www.alvinindustrial.com).

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #1