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Pulpit Repair

Hello Folks. My bow pulpit was damaged this fall and I want to try and repair it rather than go with the replacement option. It is made from 1 inch OD stainless steel tube with a 1/16 wall thickness. Some of the members are slightly bent and one piece is bent at approx 45 degrees on the end. No apparent welding damage and no actual tube breakage. Question is should I heat the tubing before attempting to bend back in place and if so should it be red hot or maybe heat gun hot on high temperature. I don't intend to hammer it back to shape but make up jigs as necessary and slowly bend it with wood and clamps etc. I am not a metalurgist but hopefully someone here is or can give me some advice.
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Re: Pulpit Repair

A heat gun won't do squat and a torch will probably leave a permanent bue discoloring and de-temper the metal.

You're also unlikely to undo a 45 degree bend without collapsing the tubing, normally you'd fill the tuing (i.e. with sand) or use a special bending tool to try bending it back without kinking and collapsing it.

It really sounds like you want to have a local stainless shop, or a shop that does marine towers and rails, do the repair to get it right. I know, that won't be cheap, but it may require rewelding and new pieces to really do it right.

Pictures would help.
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