Introduction

Finished Pot Rack
Photo: Gemma Comas
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Before the kitchen became a stainless-steel-and-granite showpiece, the cook's room was a ­hardworking, faraway place, full of steam and heat and exposed pipes. One way to evoke that Victorian-era look—short of bringing the plumbing out of the wall again—is to put your pipes on display with a copper pot rack.

Using everyday plumbing parts, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva assembled this cookware holder in just a couple of hours. Push-together tees and elbows took away the need for messy soldering, and brass polish made the copper shine like a new penny. Read on to see how to make your own custom-sized pot rack from off-the-shelf plumbing supplies.
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    Tools List

    • tubing cutter
      Tubing Cutter

    • smart driver
      Drill/driver outfitted with a -inch bit

    Shopping List

    1.¾-inch copper pipe

    2. Three 5 foot lengths of pipe

    3. Seventeen ¾-inch push-fit copper tees

    4. Four ¾ -inch push-fit copper elbows

    5. Five ¾-inch threaded male adaptors

    6. ¾-inch female floor flanges - To attach the pot rack to the wall

    7. ½-inch self-tapping screws – To secure the pot rack to the floor flanges

    8. No. 10 screws and wall anchors