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#11860 - 07/25/02 02:49 PM pvc
frank Offline

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 361
Loc: windsor ontario canada
What is the best way to do kick bends (offsets) when entering a box using 1/2 pvc pipe.I saw a job today where none were used and it just didn't look right.I always use ridged and emt in the plants so i was just wondering if someone could explain?

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#11861 - 07/25/02 02:58 PM Re: pvc
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
We use a hot box, and/or a heat blanket for pvc bends. Also, Carlon has offsets listed in their catalog that work; and they are definitely quicker!

#11862 - 07/25/02 03:43 PM Re: pvc
arseegee Offline

Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 321
Loc: Statesboro, GA USA
In the field I use a mapp torch. It takes a while to get use to it and not to scorch the pipe. I also use a heat gun, like you use on shrink wrap. This should work well for you without the expense of a heat blanket.

#11863 - 07/25/02 04:49 PM Re: pvc
gisbon Offline

Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 13
Loc: Naples, Fl, USA
Frank, I have found that strapping the PVC at a reasonable distance from the box or condulet then heating the pipe with a heat gun will let the PVC form itself. Seems to always work for me.

Good Luck,

#11864 - 07/26/02 03:54 AM Re: pvc
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
I use a heat gun.
They make offset nipples for PVC. Though they probably wouldn't look too neat with a coupling on one end and a connector on the other.

#11865 - 07/26/02 07:22 PM Re: pvc
dana1028 Offline

Registered: 01/09/02
Posts: 163
Loc: San Carlos, CA
I was in a code class a couple of years ago with a UL rep - using a torch is definitely a NO for bending PVC....and I'm under the impression that heat guns are also on the 'out' list. Does anyone know a source for a definitive answer on this?

#11866 - 07/26/02 07:26 PM Re: pvc
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA
For 1/2" pvc I always used a 3/4 bender for putting little kicks or offsets. How does that sound? You just have to go a little past where you want to go because it will come back a bit.


#11867 - 07/26/02 08:51 PM Re: pvc
master43 Offline
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Registered: 07/09/02
Posts: 7
Loc: Clay Center, Kansas USA
I use a 500 watt halogen light lay the pipe in front of the light for about a minute and bend away.


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