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How to Make a Homemade/DIY Telescoping Pole From EMT (Electrical) Conduit

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Making your own telescoping pole out of electrical metallic tubing (EMT) conduit is easy using Cinch: The Telescoping Coupling for EMT Conduit! EMT conduit, a low-cost and readily available steel tubing, is ideal for all sorts of DIY projects, and is ready for pickup at your local hardware store!

Telescoping poles are useful for all kinds of projects:

  • Outdoor lighting

  • Indoor lighting

  • Home maintenance

  • Outdoor sports

  • Decorations

  • Crafts

  • Photo, video, and sound equipment

  • Banners and signs

  • Curtains

  • Entry/exit barriers

  • Security system mounts

  • Tents and outdoor shelters

  • Stage props

  • Bird, bat, and other wildlife house mounting poles

  • Flagpoles

  • Boating push poles

  • Hunting target stands

  • Screens for display, or for privacy

  • And more!

Our EMT conduit telescoping couplings are:

  • UV-resistant

  • Durable

  • Affordable

  • Ideal for your next project!

EMT Conduit Telescoping Couplings
EMT Conduit Telescoping Couplings

To make your own telescoping pole:

  1. Prepare EMT Conduit

  2. Assemble Pole with Telescoping Couplings

  3. Add Extra Attachments

And that's it!


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Step 1: Prepare EMT Conduit

Collect the pieces of EMT conduit that you want to make into a telescoping pole. EMT conduit is made of galvanized steel and comes in standard sizes. For this blog post, we used three pieces of 1/2", 3/4", and 1" conduit. A 5-foot length of 1/2" EMT conduit can be purchased from your local hardware store for about $2.50, and a 10-foot length costs about $3.50, with zero shipping cost if you pick it up yourself!

EMT conduit standard sizes have the following diameters. The Cinch telescoping coupling system is specifically designed to work with these sizes:

  • 1/2" EMT conduit: 0.706" outside diameter, 0.622" inside diameter

  • 3/4" EMT conduit: 0.922" outside diameter, 0.824" inside diameter

  • 1" EMT conduit: 1.163" outside diameter, 1.049" inside diameter

To prepare the EMT conduit:

  1. Use a tape measure and a marker to mark the length of each piece of EMT conduit. Wear protective equipment (including safety goggles) before cutting the conduit!

  2. Use a rotary tube cutting tool to cut each piece of conduit by tightening the tool on the conduit, rotating the tool, and continuing to tighten and then rotate the tool, until the conduit is cut.

  3. Remove all sharp edges using any one of the following tools:

    1. Flat file or round file

    2. Sandpaper

    3. Reamer

    4. Rotary deburring tool

If desired, paint or coat the cut pieces of conduit. Now we are ready to assemble the telescoping pole!

Step 2: Assemble Telescoping Pole

To assemble the telescoping pole from the Cinch telescoping EMT conduit system:

  1. Install outer coupling onto the smaller (inner) conduit.

  2. Install inner sleeve onto the end of the smaller (inner) conduit.

  3. Insert the smaller (inner) conduit inside the larger (outer) conduit.

    1. If the fit is tight, gently tap the sleeve into position using a hammer with a wooden block on top to prevent damage to the sleeve.

    2. If the fit is loose, wrap the tip of the EMT conduit using one or more layers of cellophane tape.

  4. Tighten the screw to attach the coupling to the larger (outer) conduit using a Phillips head screwdriver.

  5. Tighten the hand knob to lock the position of the smaller (inner) conduit.

Done! Whenever you want to adjust the pole, simply loosen the hand knob to set the telescoping pole to a new position:

Step 3: Add Extra Attachments

To make your telescoping pole usable for your specific project, you may need to add other attachments to your pole. These can include:

  • Clips and caps

  • String/twine

  • Wires, LEDs and other electrical components

  • Custom wooden, metal, and plastic pieces

  • A base or stand

  • Camera mount

To attach any of these items to the pole, in a pinch, you can use:

  • Tape

  • Glue

  • Epoxy

  • Rubber bands

  • String

If you have access to a 3D printer, you can also consider using the following file kits. These kits require 10-32 x 1/2" screws and nuts when needed:

Extra attachments can also be added to your telescoping pole by hand-drilling a hole in the pole and using machine screws and nuts. Remember to remove the rough edges from any holes you drill in EMT conduit, and wear protective equipment (safety glasses at a minimum) while doing so! Handle the telescoping pole you've made with care to minimize the chance of injuring yourself or others, and be responsible!

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Austin Allen

Founder and Owner

Elation Sports Technologies LLC

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