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#27094 - 07/01/03 07:03 PM Ideas that work
sparkync Offline
Registered: 10/17/02
Posts: 812
Loc: NC
I had to change the radiator in my car and I like lots of light when I work, so I got my Hand held 500wt. quartz light, a little to much light I know, but the quickest solution to my problem. Well in the midst of trying to get to the different parts on my radiator the heat from the quartz light started melting one of the wire harness's. Then I had a great idea. Why not use the quartz light to heat pvc up!! I went and got me a piece of pvc and it worked.. If you don't have one of those fancy ones, this will do in pinch.. It even has a place to lay the pvc in the cage while you wait Now don't go and give my secret away to EC magazine and get my fish tape and side cutters
Just thought I'd share this bit of info. It's amazing what you can find out sometimes by the mistakes you make Hope it helps someone out in the field. Anything to make life a little easier
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#27095 - 07/02/03 03:42 AM Re: Ideas that work
pauluk Offline
Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7520
Loc: Norfolk, England
A lot of scientific discoveries were made by accident, while trying to achieve something quite different.

Wasn't penicillin discoverd in this way?
#27096 - 07/02/03 06:26 AM Re: Ideas that work
ThinkGood Offline
Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1081
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
The microwave oven , also.
#27097 - 07/02/03 11:05 AM Re: Ideas that work
mvrandazzo Offline
Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 110
I also heard that sticking the PVC in the tailpipe of your truck can work quite well. I haven't tried it yet though.
Blessings. Mark
#27098 - 07/02/03 12:30 PM Re: Ideas that work
Bjarney Offline
Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2527
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Tried a steam cleaner once...just not hot enough.
#27099 - 07/02/03 12:41 PM Re: Ideas that work
classicsat Offline
Registered: 11/23/02
Posts: 456
Used gas BBQ.
#27100 - 07/02/03 03:03 PM Re: Ideas that work
JCooper Offline
Registered: 12/30/02
Posts: 228
Loc: Kendall Park, NJ USA
Last time I had to do some really funky bends with PVC I used my MAPP gas torch, just rember to turn frequently for evenly cooked and moist pvc, its delicious
#27101 - 07/02/03 03:50 PM Re: Ideas that work
iwire Offline
Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4391
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Job site temporary heaters.

The exhaust of any generator.

Electric heat gun.

Cap the ends for quicker heating.

That said we should remember 352.24

352.24 Bends — How Made.
Bends shall be made so that the conduit will not be damaged and the internal diameter of the conduit will not be effectively reduced. Field bends shall be made only with bending equipment identified for the purpose. The radius of the curve to the centerline of such bends shall not be less than shown in Table 344.24, column “Other Bends.

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
#27102 - 07/02/03 05:17 PM Re: Ideas that work
electricwonder Offline
Registered: 04/22/02
Posts: 22
Loc: New Martinsville, WV, USA
By all means, use the correct benders... but does the code say any thing about useing the correct heaters? **grin** so long as it makes it hot...

#27103 - 07/02/03 05:27 PM Re: Ideas that work
sparky Offline
Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5303
the excavators exhaust did up my 4" last year.

nice of him to let me ride around up there and suck fumes, what a guy.....
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