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10-23-2009 12:14 AM
merc2dogs
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Originally Posted by scottyt View Post
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.

Ken.
10-22-2009 09:31 PM
GaryHLucas
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Originally Posted by scottyt View Post
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.

Gary H. Lucas
10-22-2009 09:00 PM
scottyt 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
10-22-2009 07:30 PM
GaryHLucas
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Originally Posted by scottyt View Post
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.

Gary H. Lucas
10-22-2009 04:32 PM
jephotog
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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.
10-22-2009 11:31 AM
scottyt 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
10-22-2009 09:38 AM
nereussailor Looks good to me. Great job!!

Dave
10-21-2009 02:59 PM
arf145 Nice job!
10-21-2009 02:54 PM
tager Sweet!
10-21-2009 02:11 PM
jephotog
This is how I did it

Just following up on my thread, so it may be used as an archive in a search.

I was able to find a conduit bender from Lowes for $38. First attempt was with me holding the pulpit while my wife cranked on the bender. It felt like it moved but no such luck.

The hard part is I needed to isolate the area next to where I wanted to make the bend from moving. The plan was to lash it to an immovable object the crank. Here is the setup. I made bend in two places along the area and then put it against the boat and it was a bit too wide. So I removed some of the bend and flipped the pulpit around and bent the other side. Here is a photo of the setup and the results.

PS the 3/4" conduit bender worked on 7/8" tubing pulpit and I guess it would work with 1" as well
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