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Offline secutanudu

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Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« on: February 22, 2015, 11:47 AM »
So I made this homemade boom-arm today out of some 1.25" EMT and a few other plumbing parts. I do 90%+ of my hand-held power tool use at my bench, and since the Festool CT-Mini vac can't hold a boom arm, I decided to make my own. Cost me $35.

It pivots just like the festool arm and I can swing it against the wall when I'm not using it. I still need to cap the end (definitely) and paint it (maybe).

Just thought I'd share.

For those interested, the parts were:
1 - 10' length of 1.25" EMT conduit (cut down to about 4 feet)
1 - 1.25" EMT elbow
1 - 1.25" EMT screw coupling
1 - 1" Galvinized flange
1 - 1" Galvinized street elbow
1 - 1" x 4" Galvinized pipe nipple



« Last Edit: February 23, 2015, 07:33 AM by secutanudu »

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Offline Wuffles

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Re: Homemade wall0-mounted boom arm
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 12:03 PM »
Fantastic work. I admit when I read plumbing parts I had visions of plastic pipe and it being a disaster.

Anyone know what that pipe is called in the UK?
Tool list updated to reflect knowledge :: hammer, screwdriver, one pozi bit, and another bigger hammer.

Offline secutanudu

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Re: Homemade wall0-mounted boom arm
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2015, 12:03 PM »
Thanks! The actual pipe is EMT electrical conduit, not plumbing pipe.

Offline Wuffles

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Re: Homemade wall0-mounted boom arm
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2015, 12:05 PM »
My bad, I focussed on the words "plumbing parts".
Tool list updated to reflect knowledge :: hammer, screwdriver, one pozi bit, and another bigger hammer.

Offline socaljohn

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Re: Homemade wall0-mounted boom arm
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2015, 04:49 PM »
I love that design! Very simple/very efficient. 

Offline secutanudu

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Re: Homemade wall0-mounted boom arm
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2015, 05:09 PM »
Thanks, John!

Offline NERemodeling

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Re: Homemade wall0-mounted boom arm
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 12:01 AM »
Nice solution!!   
looks like you got yourself a nice warm shop with all that spray foam! isnt that stuff amazing
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Offline JBag09

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2015, 08:59 AM »
Great job! Looks like that will work perfectly. I had considered doing the same thing awhile back.

Offline secutanudu

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2015, 09:03 AM »
Love the spray foam!

Offline Greg Powers

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2015, 02:34 PM »
simple but very effective design. And you saved a ton of money.
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Offline fdeloncker

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2015, 10:11 PM »
Looking good. I have wanted a boom arm for a while now, but havent convinced myself yet. It is a lot of money for a simple arm, but great accessory.

Offline BigCountry73

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2015, 03:23 AM »
I was getting ready to purchase the Festool boom arm until I saw this post. Do you need to use an additional length of hose for it to function properly?

Thanks,

Keith

Offline secutanudu

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2015, 04:29 PM »
Nope, but I also have a separator on top of the vacuum that makes the hose in with much higher up off the ground, eliminating any possibility that it isn't long enough.

Online Cheese

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2015, 04:57 PM »
Very clever...and simple. That's the beauty of it.

Offline jacko9

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2015, 04:57 PM »
Nice solution.

Offline Thunderchyld

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2015, 05:25 PM »
I like it.  I'll probably wind up making one for myself.  I think I'm going to make one addition to the design and use A T instead of the 90 degree fitting so that I can run either an air hose or an extension cord through it.  Probably want to do some sort of liner as well, to prevent abrasion, possibly PEX tubing.  I'll have to play around with some sizing, see exactly what works best. 

Offline Hawkeye1434

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2015, 10:31 PM »
Awesome job this is going to work perfect in my shop

Offline mdelrossi

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2015, 07:29 PM »
Nice and simple.
I would put a plastic or foam cap on the end of the pipe [wink]

Offline secutanudu

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2015, 07:55 PM »
I keep meaning to put a cap on it, but it hasn't been a problem yet. I doubt it will be.

Offline franklin pug

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2015, 08:15 PM »
Just wanted to say thanks for this awesome idea.  I did exactly as you suggested, and cost me about 60 bucks CDN - here is how mine looks:


Offline secutanudu

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Re: Homemade wall-mounted boom arm
« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2017, 09:18 AM »
Ok, 2 years too late - glad to see someone used the design, looks great!