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i have tried to get mine to straighten to where i need it and it wont move. i have to make a new one in the spring, or use hydrolics to try to bend it
Hey Scottyt,
Have you tried the conduit bender yet? I've got one for sale, cheap. I tried to bend it with out tying it down and got nowhere. After I secured the area next to where I wanted the bend to occur, so it would not move, I was able to apply bends pretty precisely to the location I wanted to. My first bend was too much and I had to remove some of it. I then put a few bends on each side I wanted to bow out so it came out as a smooth curve along the section instead of a single bend.


Granted mine is pretty basic and the amount of movement I had to make was simple, but you might get something more square then let the bolts do the rest.

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i wish my pulpit was that easy to bend. mine has a top and a lower pipe plus 4 verticals ones and its racked out of square. i have tried to get mine to straighten to where i need it and it wont move. i have to make a new one in the spring, or use hydrolics to try to bend it
Having been an electrician in a former career I learned how to fix my mistakes! The tough part is always holding the darn thing. You might try to find a welding shop with a welding platten with the square holes. These things are a big thick steel table abut 2" thick. The square holes hold all kinds of clamps. This allows you to clamp something down really solid, and gives you a place to push or pull from.

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jordan and gary, i am amaster electrician, i already have the benders. i have tried it the problem is its its racked. and out of square. it needs a jack to un rack it
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jordan and gary, i am amaster electrician, i already have the benders. i have tried it the problem is its its racked. and out of square. it needs a jack to un rack it
That is the tough case, which why I suggested the welding bench approach. If you can hold it down you might not even need the bender.

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i wish my pulpit was that easy to bend. mine has a top and a lower pipe plus 4 verticals ones and its racked out of square. i have tried to get mine to straighten to where i need it and it wont move. i have to make a new one in the spring, or use hydrolics to try to bend it
I have had good luck and great results straightening pulpits and rails out using come-alongs, chains/straps and wood. If you could provide pics of what it's like I could maybe throw a few ideas out.

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