How to Use an Ideal Hand Pipe Bender

An Ideal Pipe Bender is a name brand tool used to bend pipes for installation around corners or changing direction without installing an elbow fitting. You may need to bend pipes around obstructions, such as heating vent openings, doors or entranceways or obstructions. When bending conduit for wiring or cable, follow local requirements for the number of bends per pipe section and number of feet between pull boxes.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Permanent marker
  • Offset depth chart

Instructions

    • 1

      Measure the wall, floor or ceiling from the end of the last piece of pipe to the corner or beginning of the required curve. Subtract 5 inches with a one-half-inch pipe bender or 6 inches with a three-quarter-inch pipe bender.

    • 2

      Mark the location on the pipe with a permanent marker.

    • 3

      Slide the pipe into the Ideal Pipe Bender with the foot pedal on the area after the measurement mark.

    • 4

      Align the "Arrow" on the head of the pipe bender with the mark. Push by using heavy foot pressure or exerting pressure in the air, depending on the type of bend that you need. Bend the pipe until the marking for the required angle is vertical to the pipe.

    • 5

      Create a U-shaped curve around a doorway or other barrier from one piece of conduit by measuring from the corner of the first corner to the corner or the beginning of the second required bend.

    • 6

      Measure the pipe the distance from the first mark made on the pipe and mark with a permanent marker.

    • 7

      Align the "Star-Point," rather than the "Arrow," with the mark and the curved side of the pipe bender head on the opposite side of the first bend. Bend the pipe until the marking for the required angle is vertical to the pipe.

    • 8

      Choose the proper take-up number to use for offset angles, such as moving up stairs or high thresholds, by referring to the offset depth chart that came with the Ideal Pipe Bender. Measure the wall, floor or ceiling from the end of the last piece of pipe to the corner or beginning of the required bend. Mark the pipe with this measurement.

    • 9

      Measure the height of the incline and choose the angle of the bend. Refer to the offset chart to determine the distance from the mark for the first bend to the length needed for the second bend. Rotate the pipe 90 degrees and mark the second bend location.

    • 10

      Place the pipe in the Ideal Pipe Bender with the curved part of the head opposite the last section of installed pipe. Bend the pipe until the marking for the required angle is vertical to the pipe. Rotate the pipe 90 degrees and repeat for the other side of the offset bend.

Tips & Warnings

  • Position your body close to the pipe bender when holding it off of the floor. Place one foot on the pipe to secure it to the floor and one foot on the foot rest of the pipe bender, when the head of the pipe bender is on the floor.
  • Bend the pipe slowly with even pressure to avoid crimping the pipe.
  • When bending conduit, bend the conduit before pulling the wires to prevent kinking or breakage.
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