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#27094 - 07/01/03 10:03 PM Ideas that work  
sparkync  Offline
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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 [Linked Image] Now don't go and give my secret away to EC magazine and get my fish tape and side cutters [Linked Image]
Just thought I'd share this bit of info. It's amazing what you can find out sometimes by the mistakes you make [Linked Image] Hope it helps someone out in the field. Anything to make life a little easier [Linked Image]

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#27095 - 07/02/03 06:42 AM Re: Ideas that work  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
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 09:26 AM Re: Ideas that work  
ThinkGood  Offline
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Posts: 1,081
Milwaukee, WI
The microwave oven , also.

#27097 - 07/02/03 02:05 PM Re: Ideas that work  
mvrandazzo  Offline
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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 03:30 PM Re: Ideas that work  
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Tried a steam cleaner once...just not hot enough.

#27099 - 07/02/03 03:41 PM Re: Ideas that work  
classicsat  Offline
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Posts: 456
Used gas BBQ.

#27100 - 07/02/03 06:03 PM Re: Ideas that work  
JCooper  Offline
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Posts: 228
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 06:50 PM Re: Ideas that work  
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
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.

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#27102 - 07/02/03 08:17 PM Re: Ideas that work  
electricwonder  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 22
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 08:27 PM Re: Ideas that work  
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,311
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..... [Linked Image]

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