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Old 09-08-2006, 03:35 PM
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Copper Pipe Prices!!!

I priced some 3/4' hard copper pipe type L almost a year ago for my compressor lines and I think it was about $12.00 for a 10 ft. length. Being the procrastonator that I am I put it off and now I need it. I priced it today and the cheapest price I could find for M type was $14.something for 10 ft. I called Lowe's and I don't know if he priced L or not but it was over $20 for 10 ft. and other places wanted as much as $39.00 for 10 ft. of L type.

My question is, does anybody know if these prices are because of Katrina construction and are the prices likely to come back down or are they likely to stay this high? I know lumber prices went way up but are now coming back down. I don't want to use M type but if I have to will it hold up under 175 psi? Any input is appreciated.

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Another good reason to use black iron..Actually I think it is China that is doing that as they are having a big boom over there and are buying anything they can get their hands on..

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Sam is correct, the boon in China is sucking up all sorts of construction supplies. One of the reasons concrete is so expensive.

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I priced 1" at a local hardware store, they wanted 57.00 for a 10' length, reason I went with black pipe.
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You should have used galvanized pipe...the black pipe will rust on ya....rust hurts air tools and paint jobs...just a thought.
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I hear China's economy is slowing and prices are coming down, the price of gasoline and scrap steel is coming down already. It's hard to say how long materials on shelves that don't move very quickly will come down in price.
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My local Home Depot was $45 for 10'
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I hear China's economy is slowing and prices are coming down, the price of gasoline and scrap steel is coming down already. It's hard to say how long materials on shelves that don't move very quickly will come down in price.
As long as people here keep buying crap from China, their economy will continue to grow. Imagine what will happen to prices as a BILLION AND A HALF people modernize, concrete, copper, rubber, aluminum, steel, virtually everything will continue to climb. People need to think before they buy anything made in Communist China.
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Thanks for the replys guys. Looks like if I want it I might as well go ahead and bite the bullitt.

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Those who can are buying up copper and hoarding it.
Check out these charts
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Those who can are buying up copper and hoarding it.
Maybe they'll get bit like the Hunt Brothers did when they tried to hoard all of the silver and the bottom fell out of the market when they did.
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I used type M in my system. I found a copper pipe website (probably through this website) and it appeared to be rated more than adequately for my 175psi 2-stage compressor.
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Here is the website:
http://www.copper.org/applications/p...th_table3c.htm
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OK last post, I promise. Those pressures in the previous link are working pressures. The burst pressure is MUCH higher per this table which should give you a good comfort level around type M.

http://www.copper.org/applications/p...cth_table5.htm
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