Pipe Threading Basics with Ridgid
Pipe threading for the do it yourselfer is becoming more common these days, as big box home stores rent almost every professional tool you can imagine. In the D-I-Y spirit, here is a step by step guide to using a Ridgid threader at home. Please note however that Ridgid makes differing models of threaders, so use your common sense. Additionally, never use common steel dies on stainless steel pipe.
Step by Step
1. First place the desired length of pipe to thread into the pipe vise. Tighten. This keeps the pipe steady and secure.
2. You will now insert the conically-shaped pipe reamer into the end of the pipe about to be threaded. Turn the reamer in a clockwise direction.
3.Remember to remove “raised portions” keeping the interior wall smooth and clean. There should be no debris inside the pipe.
4. Remove the reamer.
5. Apply lubricant to the end of the pipe in small amounts, aiding the threader dies in cutting the metal for the pipe threads.
6. The manual threader should now be placed over the end part of the pipe. Turn the directional button to the arrow side of the threader.
7. Push against the end while turning the handle clockwise. As the thread dies engage the metal of the pipe, squirt a bit of oil onto the pipe, then continue on cutting the end of the pipe.
8. At this point you are continuing on in the cutting process until the die reaches the end of the pipe.
9. Once finished turn the directional arrow button to the opposite side and turn the manual threader counterclockwise.
10. Screw off the manual threader.
The Ridgid 300 Complete (57 RPM) Pipe Threading Machine 15722 comes with everything you need to start threading pipe. It includes a 300 Power Drive with foot switch, a 1206 Stand, a 311 Carriage with lever, a 341 Reamer, and a 360 Cutter. The dies include an 811A Universal die head, a set of 1/2″ – 3/4″ Universal alloy dies, and a set of 1″ – 2″ Universal alloy dies. Lastly, Ridgid includes a few basics with a 32 Transporter , a 418 Oiler , and one gallon Nu-Clear thread cutting oil.