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Old 08-07-2011, 01:05 AM   #1
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I need to bend a 1/8" copper pipe-how?


I need to bend 1/8" copper pipe. I think I would prefer one of those spring type benders that you insert the tube into. Where can I buy one?
Is there an easier way?

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I need to bend a 1/8" copper pipe-how?


if you want to make a really nice looking bend, then using a bender is the best way to do it.

Otherwise you can just do it carefully with your hands. Don't kink it.

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Old 08-07-2011, 01:22 AM   #3
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The project isn't worth the money for a bender. I tried it by hand and it kinks. I just remembered to check harbor freights site...I always forget about them...they have a 5 piece spring set for $1.99. Can't beat that any way
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Auto parts stores are a good place to get most benders.
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Auto parts stores are a good place to get most benders.
they may even have a loaner tool for free.
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What is this for? Can you not use a braided stainless steel supply hose instead?
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your talking soft copper if you have a lenght of wire that you can insert fill up the "inside" the 1/8 copper and bend it.....go slow hand over hand
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You can use a external spring which are for smaller diameter copper piping ( from 6 to 10 mm external diameter). Again they are made from flattered steel but with a 'funnel' at each end so that the copper pipe can be fed through the centre of the spring. With the spring surrounding the pipe, the spring prevents the wall of the pipe from spreading outwards as it is bent. As with the external springs, each pipe size requires its own specific spring.


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