Thank you so much, but I've seen this. The level of detail is weak,
for me, and even the chart's smallest offest is like 2" and for 1/2"
emt, it think the offset is very small to pop into a box.
How to Bend Conduit With a Hand Bender
pretty good instructions for offsets on a pdf download there.
some handy multipliers for depth of offset with angle of bends, example;
30degree bend 3/4 offset would be 3/4 x 2 mark seperation = 1.5"
The pdf explained how to do a quick 'box offset' what I'm guessing I
need to pop emt into handy boxes. Sounds quick and easy, no
mulitpliers(which was confusing the heck out of me for such a small
offset). Just two 10degree bends bend-to-bend.
tom @ www.FreelancingProjects.com
Yes there is a simple way to do offsets with a normal wheel
bender. I say this to differentiate from a hickey bender. They
are not the same tool.
Offsets have been made for years with wheel benders. The offset
benders are a fairly new development. They are efficient but I
know many electricians who did not buy them when they came out and
stayed with the old fashioned method. Most won't get it out for 1
or 2 offsets.
You can see several here:
Several people have told you to go to a couple of different sites
to see how it is done. If you are going to buy a new wheel
bender, they usually come with a small booklet or drawing showing
you how to use it.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Subject: Re: bending emt by hand.
Man it's easy. Just put the bender on the end of the emt and bend about an inch
up. Then flip the emt over, slide it back about 3" and bend again. Buy an
extra stick so you can practice- on second thought you better get a few extra
sticks, because one you master the offset you're going to need prictice with
Guys we need to listen louder. The bender that he did not want to buy
is called a "little kicker". It is manufactured by Greenlee and sells
for about $160.00. He has a regular bender. He is asking for good
technique for making box offsets with a regular bender. He would like
to avoid buying offset fittings or a single purpose box offset bender.
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I'm not experienced enough to teach you how, especially long-distance,
text only. But I have done it, and I discovered a trick that made it
easier for me. And this is Usenet, after all, where any idiot can pose
as an expert. :)
There are 2 bends to make, of course. I make the one closer to the end
of the tubing first. How much do I bend it? I don't really know. A
little. Then I turn the tubing around, putting it about as far into
the bender as it will go.
Here's the trick. I put it on the floor at the threshold of my garage.
There's a drop-off of about an inch and a half in the floor level
there, which allows the bent part of the conduit to face "down" while
still allowing the bender to touch the ground. I suspect that this
could be done on a 2x4 if your topography isn't suitable.
I bend it until the previously "bent" part is now parallel to the
ground again. A fair percentage of the time I get it right. Buy extra
tubing and START with the offset end. If you screw it up, cut it off
and do it again.
There's another reason besides cost to bend your own offsets. In my
experience, wire pulls through tubing a lot more easily than through
any kind of connector, so the fewer of them you use the better.
Guess you'll hate me for this, but I bought a pair of Greenlee kickers
on Ebay, 1/2" and 3/4", and the finished work looks so good
I cream my jeans just looking at it.
And yes, these bends can be made with a hand bender - when
an accomplished pro does them they look good. Practice,
On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 15:10:29 -0500,
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