Now most of the pipe bending fabrication methods we can find make use of large and very mechanical tools which I am sure isn’t in every household. Of course there are quite a number of ways to be able to bend a pipe, but would it be more convenient if we can use a simple pipe bender at home? Those large pipe bending fabrication tools look quite complex at it seems you would need to be quite good at math to accurately lay out the measurements for the piping and get it done right. Here we will make you more familiar with using a simple pipe bender so that you can bend pipes at home.
Now the first thing you should do is look for an extra piece of pipe which will serve as your test pipe. What you do is fit it into your pipe bender, and then try to make a 90 degree angle bend. Do it by eye for now. What this does is it makes you more familiar about the needed force on your bender. In addition to that, the test pipe will be a reference for the future. Take a carpenter’s square, at lay your pipe on it to check the angle. Take note that the outer bend should face outside and the ends of the pipe should be parallel to the sides of the square.
Look for where the bend of the pipe starts which can be found by a small flat area which is the start and the end of the pipe. Take a marker and mark both ends of the pipe, make sure the line go all the way through the pipe. Now check the carpenter’s square, and measure the length between the markings. You will be able to measure out two lengths, one on each side of the pipe. Make sure the both of these lengths are equal, or else you have done something wrong. Take both equal lengths and add them together and you can get whole length of the pipe bend.
Now check your pipe bending fabrication tool and look where the bend ends. Fit in your bent pipe or tube and make sure it fits it well. You don’t need to bend the pipe any further, just put it in place. Now remember the markings we drew on the pipe? Look for those marking and draw and line from them on the pipe bender. Now, you will have a reference point for bending pipes in the future.
If you have several pipe bending tools for different diameters, make sure that you make reference points for each of them for a 90 degree angle bend. This is because a difference in diameter of the pipe will also mean a difference in diameter of the needed amount of metal to bend so that it can form a right angle bend.
Once you have the knowledge on the amount of pipe needed to create the right angle bend, you can already use that on future calculations with different lengths of pipe.