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Post  dbaxter on 5/27/2011, 9:10 pm

I'm ready to add trellises to two of my raised beds. I see that Mel recommends 1/2" electrical conduit. Has that proved adequate for most folks, or have some of you all elected to use 3/4" instead? I don't want to go overboard, but the difference in cost wouldn't be tremendous. Just curious to know the opinions of others on this forum...


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Post  camprn on 5/27/2011, 9:13 pm

The 1/2" works well. Very Happy


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Post  boffer on 5/27/2011, 9:48 pm

I think everyone who has tried it, has been happy with the ½". Including the engineer types!

The cost of the EMT is small; the cost of the fittings is crazy.


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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/27/2011, 10:58 pm

@boffer wrote:The cost of the EMT is small; the cost of the fittings is crazy.

Even though I was prepped for this anomoly, it still gave me sticker shock at the stores. I just couldn't see why such the difference.

I imagine the 3/4" fittings are more expensive than the 1/2"? And, that part is worth considering, imo.


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Post  duhh on 5/27/2011, 11:20 pm

1/2 in has worked well for us. I couldn't believe the price on the "elbows" or bent conectors. We bought a conduit bender because a straight connector was way cheaper and we were making enough trellisis to make it worth it. So far so good!


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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 5/28/2011, 12:53 am

+1 on the connector price...we ended up using metal conduit but a pvc-type curved connector - not a perfect fit, but I was able to pull my nylon trellis tight enough (using the weaving method I saw here in the forums) that it keeps everything fairly sturdy... Smile ...and much less expensive...


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Post  dbaxter on 5/28/2011, 12:19 pm

Thanks to all. I bought my 1/2" EMT this morning. But, oh, how I wanted the 3/4". Ha!


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