Building with EMT Conduits: The Ultimate Resource Page
So you’ve discovered the wonderful world of building with EMT conduit and all of its possibilities?
Is it just us, or does it seem like EMT projects are everywhere these days? The popularity of building with EMT conduit is undeniable, and we can understand why. Garden trellis, tables, storage racks, name it – you can build ANYTHING you want with conduit! While the system is simple which makes the building material easy to use, there are a few things to know in order to optimize a DIY EMT conduit project.
This guide covers everything you need to know to build the best DIY project possible.
Let’s get started!
- Building with EMT Conduits: The Ultimate Resource Page
- Introduction to EMT : What is EMT conduit?
- Building Structure with EMT Conduit
- EMT Conduit Connectors
- Required Tools
- The Best Alternative to EMT Conduit
- Other Options
- tinktube Tubes Conduit Accessories
- EMT Conduit Project Ideas
Introduction to EMT : What is EMT conduit?
If you are planning to build projects with EMT conduit, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together this guide that covers all the basics: the types and sizes of conduit, the connectors to use and how to use them, the tools you’ll need, the best alternative to EMT, and finally, some project ideas to inspire you and spark your creativity!
But first, what is an EMT conduit?
Electrical conduits are most commonly used to protect and route electrical wiring throughout a building, but people have started to use them to build projects. Used with EMT connectors, conduit gives DIYers the possibility to build many different types of projects -you can literally build anything-, like railings, garden trellis, coffee tables, and more!
Building Structure with EMT Conduit
There are different sizes of EMT available, ranging from ½ to 6” in diameter. The length depends on the size of the diameter but can range between 10 to 20 ft. long.
Among the numerous benefits of building projects with EMT conduit:
- It’s easy to use. Once you’ve understood how the system works, all you’ll need are two tools and you’re good to go.
- EMT conduits are easy to find at any hardware store like Ace, Home Depot or Lowe’s.
- It’s pretty inexpensive, so it makes sense to turn to conduit when looking for DIY building materials.
- You can bend EMT using inexpensive tools, which opens up a lot of build possibilities! We write a guide on how you can bend EMT conduit!
EMT Conduit Connectors
Whatever you plan to build, if you create a structure with EMT and want to avoid welding, you’ll need connectors. There are many types of connectors, each of them useful for a different angle or usage. Knowing the connectors and how they work will change your DIY game greatly and make it much easier for you to draft up your plans and choose the parts you’ll need to build the project you have in mind.
The most common EMT connectors -and how to use them!
The tinktube building system is like Meccano, but for grown-ups. There are more that 35 connectors available online, and each of them serves a different purpose. Depending on your projects’ design, you might need to fix 2 or 3 tubes together, double the tubes to make your structure sturdier, or fix one tube to another at a 45-degree angle. These details will all influence the connectors you choose.
The most common EMT conduits connectors are:
To know more and see examples of how each of these connectors can be used on a project, read this post about the most popular EMT conduit connectors!
PS: While these fittings are more often used in DIY builds, many other connectors are also available online!
How to use EMT conduit connectors?
While tinktube connectors are designed to be used with 1 1/16” (28 mm) pipes, they are compatible with 3/4“ EMT conduit, thanks to the 3/4″ EMT adapter for pipe connector that can be placed as a shim between the conduits and the connectors.
Why an adapter and how to use it?
The 3/4″ EMT adapter for pipe connector will help stabilize the build, avoiding the small gap that’s created when using EMT conduit and connectors together. The adapter can easily be added to the tubes by clipping them on directly.
Our adapter is made of a strong, yet flexible, PLA plastic that you can easily snap onto your pipes for a rigid and secure build. PLA is a bioplastic and thermoplastic made from natural materials, making it an eco-friendly option for DIYers out there.
Esteban tells you more about it in the following video!
To learn more read: How to Build a Project with EMT Conduit and T-connectors
There are 2 main tools you’ll need when building with EMT conduit and connectors:
You might need other tools if you want to add surfaces to your project (to cut or paint a tabletop, for example). But if your project only involves pipes and fittings, you’ll be OK with just the two!
Cutting pipes using the t-cutter is easy -anyone can do it in about 2 minutes! Read our article on how to cut emt conduit or watch Esteban guide you through the process in this short video: