Is there a standard tube size which can readily be ordered which fits
accurately over a scaffold tube (here in UK - 48.3mm outside
The thought is to use scaffold tube offcuts to make jigs and fittings
which offer rotational positioning.
Also to make node connections for various frames as needed.
I made a table to make sense of the confusing sizes of USA pipe, fence
post, electrical conduit, DOM tubing etc by combining product listings
from the manufacturers' websites.
Chain link fence posts here have the same ODs as water pipe despite
different size designations, while thin-walled EMT conduit has the
same IDs as Schedule 40 pipe, so some sizes of EMT may telescope into
fence posts if the welding flash doesn't interfere.
For example, 1-5/8" fence posts have the same 1.66" OD as 1-1/4" pipe
and an ID of 1.53". 1-1/4 EMT conduit has an OD of 1.51" and the same
1.38" ID as 1-1/4" pipe. Stronger fence posts with thicker walls are
I was in line (queue) at an industrial supplier behind an alternate
energy inventor who had special-ordered 2.000" ID ball bearings for
the 2" water pipe supporting his tracking solar array. He got a nasty
surprise when he received them and tried the fit; 2" pipe is 2-3/8"
diameter and not very round.