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JB posted 04-12-2001 03:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for JB   Send Email to JB  
Quick and simple question - can I bend 7/8" or 1" stainless tubing with a tubing bender, one like the ones used for bending conduit?
DIVE 1 posted 04-12-2001 07:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
JB,
It depends on the radius and how well you can handle the bender. If you are talking about a wraparound bow rail with a large radius, a conduit bender will leave hard spots and an uneven radius. For a tighter radius around a console windshield, you may get away with a conduit bender.
Jim
jimh posted 04-16-2001 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I read somewhere that you pack the tubing with wet sand before trying to bend it to help prevent kinks.

Anyone else hear of this?

FISHNFF posted 04-17-2001 03:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
I remember my brother using the wet sand in an aluminum railing he bent from pipe for his Thunderbird 18' cuddy and it went well as I can remember, but it was 25 years ago and I was 9.
JimU posted 04-17-2001 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
JB--Yes to a radius of about 6 inches and 90 degrees for 7/8. I don't have any experience with 1 inch. You don't need to pack it with anything. I bent some 7/8 for a bow rail remodel project. Jim
JB posted 04-17-2001 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
Thanks all!

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