EMT pipe for trellis

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Old 04-18-19, 09:25 AM
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EMT pipe for trellis

3/4" EMT (electrical conduit), 10 feet long, horizontal.
If I support the pipe at the ends, will I be able to hang 2 or 3 cucumber vines on it? Bowing down wouldn't be an issue, but collapsing would be a disaster.
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Old 04-18-19, 11:23 AM
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It's highly unlikey to collapse.
If you are blessed with a large crop you could install a prop stick if it bends too much.
 
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I agree you should be OK. 3/4" is much stronger than 1/2". There will be sagging and if you notice it getting excessive stick a support in the middle like GregH mentioned.
 
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If you notice it sagging..... slide a 1/2" piece of EMT inside it.
 
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Thank you for the notes. Went to Lowes and bought 3/4" EMT and fittings. Placing 1/2" inside 3/4" is brilliant. Now I am upping my plan. I am going to grow watermelon (small) on the trellis as well as cucumber, knowing I can add 1/2" inside anytime with no disruption to the vines.
 
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Have you ever grown melons from a trellis? Normally you have to support the melons somehow as their weight is too much for the plant to support hanging in the air. Melons grow lying on the ground so the plant isn't carrying the weight.

Most home and garden centers sell bird netting. A piece of it can make a nice sling or diaper to hold your melon. Then you support it with a piece of rope from your trelis. Growing in the air like that also allows the melon to get a more even color/texture to the rind all the way around.
 
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Thank you for the netting idea. What I have is mini watermelon.

By the way, can I drive fence posts (t-post) with a 4 pound hammer? I would like to avoid buying a post driver for just 6 t-posts. Sorry for this silly question
 
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You certainly can but you may damage the ends if it is tough going.
You don't necessarily need a post driver if you have a hammer, just something to slip over the end to protect the pipe while you beat on it.
 
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I completed the trellis frame. I used 5' t-posts, 3/4" EMT, 3/4" pipe connectors, and hose clamps. Now I can tie strings for vines. Thank you for your valuable suggestions.
 
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