Tips on Bending Electrical Conduit

Electrical conduits are mainly used to route and protect electric wires and cables. During the installation of electric wire cable and conduits, you might come across a situation where you need to bend the conduits. EMT or electrical metallic tubing conduits are used for this purpose. Almost all electricians and technicians working in industrial or commercial setups know how to bend an EMT conduit with different types of benders. Bending a conduit in a cast-iron bender often gives desirable results and it is one of the most widely used approaches to bend conduits.

Keeping in mind some tips of bending conduits in a cast-iron bender can prove essential when dealing with situations and tasks that need attention to it.

1. Clear away cutting burrs from the conduit end:

Before you start bending your Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) conduit, you need to remove cutting burrs that may have been left after you cut the conduit. Some technicians prefer to use a knife for this purpose. However, you need to make sure that the knife does not harm your EMT conduit.

2. Use large pencils to make marks:

You will be making marks on the conduits during the bending process. But you need to use large pencils to make marks on the material. You should avoid using dry ink markers or permanent markers as they will leave a permanent mark on the conduit

3. Take care of the alignment of the pipe:

Align the EMT conduit pipe in a proper way for the best result. Keep the EMT pipe on the same plane, so as to ensure proper bending of the pipe.

4. One stroke bending:

Make the bend by using only one smooth stroke. If you have to make a long bend, then use your foot to support the handle of the bender.

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5. Fix a bad bend gently:

If you are unable to control the pipe properly and it slips away in the shoe, then you will have a bad bend. However, you can fix the bad bend carefully. Slowly let the bend pass through the bending shoe, straighten the bad bend and then re-bend the EMT pipe in a number of small increments. You should not try to fix a bad bend with one stroke, as it can result in permanent damage to the pipe.

With some time and experience, you can become an expert at bending EMT pipes. In fact, it takes a lot of practice to become skillful in this process. You will certainly make mistakes and your bends may not be very clean and sharp in the beginning. But once you follow the proper steps, you will see a massive improvement in your skills. Keep trying hard and practice as much as possible. Only practice makes a person perfect at any art, skill or task.

Jeson Pitt is a head electrician and works for D&F liquidators. Jeson regularly share his thoughts about the electrical products and advance electrical technologies that are evolving around the globe through his writings.

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