Benfield Conduit Bending Manual by Jack Benfield

By Jack Benfield

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EMT and 1 in. rigid steel or IMC conduit with precision accuracy. Questions & Answers Q Would a longer handle make bending easier with the big Power-Jack model? Normally one would expect that longer leverage would make bending easier but in this case it is quite A No! a longer handle would invite more pull on the handle than is needed. Too much handle pull causes the entire assembly to lift up off the floor and a kink results. Foot pressure is paramount! Constant, heavy, stiff leg foot pressure pins the conduit or EMT tight to the floor, assuring a smooth, accurate bend.

56 Chapter 14 Q How do I correct a handle that turns or backs off even though the threads are fully engaged? A Cut off the threaded end, re-thread the pipe with a very shallow or tapered thread that will jam up tight. Q In making up my own handles what specification pipe should be used? 40 merchant pipe is available from industrial supply houses. Also high carbon steel railing pipe A Schedule is good. One electrical contractor told the author he got so fed up with bent handles that he outfitted every bender and hickey in his shop with handles made from heavy boiler tube.

Tucking conduit under the arm pit helps. To keep body balance allow the tool to rock forward as the bending progresses. e. avoid soft sand, deep carpets, etc. A straight (vertical) handle indicates a 30° bend. f. Offsets: Use 30° angle bends where possible. and the multiplier to establish distance between 30° bends is simply two times depth. and a vertical handle is an instant indicator that a 30° bend has been made. g. Foot pressure: Don’t ignore the importance of foot pressure on the treadle step.

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