Installing pole mounted brackets, but can’t find 2 inch pipe!?

solarcorysolarcory Posts: 6Registered Users ✭✭
Ok so I bought two adjustable angle mounting brackets for my panels off EBay. These use a 2 inch inside diameter pipe. At my local hardware stores all I can find is 1.5, 1.6, 2.15 inch pipe but no 2 inch.

Can anyone recommend a easier way to find 10 ft piping to cement into the ground and mount my brackets/panels on?

Thanks
Cory

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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 2,203Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭✭
    Try an electrical wholesaler, ask for ridged emt, 1 1/2" outside diameter is 1.9" https://steeltubeinstitute.org/steel-conduit/types-of-steel-conduit/rigid-metal-conduit-rmc/
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  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Posts: 1,027Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Those appear to be satellite dish brackets. The tubing/pipe they use is a very thin wall material. Are you looking for 2" OUTSIDE diameter?

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  • solarcorysolarcory Posts: 6Registered Users ✭✭
    Mcgivor- thank you I’ll look into that.

    Littleharbor2- yes, definitely looking for 2 inch OD piping.
  • jmbjmb Posts: 12Registered Users ✭✭
    Home Depot has 2" Sch 40 pipe...
  • solarcorysolarcory Posts: 6Registered Users ✭✭
    Ok! 
    So Ive spent a lot of time at Home Depot and Lowes looking for a 2 inch pipe and am still not having much luck. 
    Ive brought my bracket with me into these hardware stores and am testing it on multiple pipes, and even when ratcheting the bolts down, the bracket bottoms out on the bolts before its tightened to the pole. 

    Ive looked at fence poles, and found a 1-7/8 inch pipe that fits somewhat loosely but tighter than other pipes. 
    Ive looked at rigid electrical conduits and found a 1-1/2 inch pipe that is close to a 2 inch OD. 
    Ive even looked at plumbing piping and they are similar to the pipes above. 

    Now, the bracket I have, I quickly measured it with a measuring tape, I wonder if I have a 2.15 or 2.20 inch inch ID mount on this pole bracket. 
  • solarcorysolarcory Posts: 6Registered Users ✭✭
    Im getting pretty close to just getting the closest size pipe I can find and then welding some bands where the clamp attaches to make the pipe diameter larger and then cementing the pipe in the ground. 
  • Raj174Raj174 Posts: 641Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 8 #9
    Looks like chain link fence pipe comes in 2" OD up to 10 feet long at 40 WT. Not sure if this is strong enough.
    Call to verify actual OD.
    https://fence-material.com/galvanized-pipe-2-od-40-wt-chain-link-pipe-fence-pipe/

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  • jmbjmb Posts: 12Registered Users ✭✭
    solarcory said:
    Ok! 
    So Ive spent a lot of time at Home Depot and Lowes looking for a 2 inch pipe and am still not having much luck.
    Sorry, my bad.  They have the 1.5" which has an OD of 1.9"...
  • Thick8Thick8 Posts: 47Registered Users ✭✭
    edited September 15 #11
    I used a chain link corner posts filled with concrete. I was told here that it was a bad idea. Had 45 mph sustained winds with gusts or 60 mph most of last night. The worst issue is a couple of leaves need to be removed. 


  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,889Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Just spent $80 for 10' of 2" galvanized pipe at a large electrical distributor (CED or QED in Denver). It is very heavy duty pipe, I'd estimate the thickness at close to 3/16". Weight might be close to 45 pounds. This would be ideal pipe for a solar array. Few events would effect this pipe and it is made for outdoor duty. Minimum length was 10' at CED.

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    If one ever has to replace the electrical service lines, be of good cheer. It is about as difficult as tying shoelaces. A challenge may present in connecting the lines due to necessary tautness. Also in making 2/0 fit into tight spaces. Homeowner owns this section of the electrical service. Your utility company will be happy to tell you this.
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,889Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Good stuff but not inexpensive: https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/0700025
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,889Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    FWIW, just measured the original electrical service pole and the replacement pole thickness. The original pole is .10" thick - 1/10". The new pole is ~.15" thick ~1/6.7" - 50% thicker than the original. Apparently 2" electrical conduit can vary significantly in common sizes. 
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