A lot of pipe bending that goes on around today happens in industrial factories where the pipe bending fabrication methods call for the use of mechanical tools. Most often these tools won’t be found in any household. Bending a pipe can be done in a variety of ways that don’t even require any complex tools which are used by workers in industrial manufacturing factories.
Working on bending pipes properly can involve doing some math to carry out the measurements. However, that doesn’t mean that not anyone can bend pipes when needed. Today, we are going to take a closer look into bending pipes with simple pipe benders that you can get.
The process of bending a pipe can be rather rough and you won’t necessarily be able to bend a pipe perfectly in the first try so chances are you will go through some trials. Because of this, it is recommend to have an extra pipe piece which you can practice and use as a test. First, fit the test pipe into the simple bender you have and try to bend it at a 90-degree angle.
As of now, it’s alright to do it by eye trying to really get 90 degrees and not worry about any calculations yet. Doing this will help you get a good idea of how to use the bender and how much force you will need to exert to bend the pipe. The result of this test bending can be used as a reference for the next pipe bending fabrication you will do. Once you have the test pipe bent, check the angle with a carpenters square.
Now take a look at the test pipe you bent and look where the bend starts and ends. Mark these areas and measure both the distance both inside and outside the pipe bend. After doing so, take a look at the tool that you used to bend the pipe and fit the test pipe back into the pipe bending tool without applying any force that could bend the pipe even further. Now check the angle that the pipe bending is left at. Once there, look for the markings that you have made on the test pipe and mark the bender matching those markings.
By marking the pipe bending tool you now have a reference point to use when bending more pipes in the future. Now when you are going to bend more pipes, make sure that you use a similar diameter to the test pipe that you have used. When you are going to end another pipe at a right angle, take the measurements that you have gotten from the test pipe and mark it on the new pipe. When you put that new pipe in the pipe bending fabrication tool make sure that you position it so that the marks will align with the marks on the tool.
Now you can start bending more pipes. As you bend more and more pipes, you can refine the process even further to improve the quality of your bent pipes in the future.