Conduit Bending Informational Resource

There are many types of conduit bending. I have seen many electricians who spent ages just trying to bend conduit.  Electrical conduit is a bending system which is used to protect the wires from damaging and thus protects the damaged wires.  They help in continuous grounding and anyone who comes in contact with them is often protected. You must know how to bend conduit only then you will be able to place it in the right spot.

When you are trying to bend a conduit you need to have a conduit bending, which means a bender of its size, a pencil and a measuring tape.  There are two main types of bending conduit which exist in the market, one is EMT conduit bending and the other is more rigid. The EMT conduit bending is said to be lightweight and thus is fairly easy to use. Both come in different sizes and thus can be chosen from a large variety that is available.  The sizes can range from half inch to quarter inch.

The first thing you need to know is how to bend the conduit. Bending conduit can be difficult but you can use a conduit bending guide for you help. It is likely that you will find a conduit bending guide inside which will guide you through you way to bending conduit. But if you don’t find it then you will a degree scale and arrow maker inside.  And on the same side would be a number most probably a number A, but moistly different companies have different conduit bending numbers.  The numbers are likely going to signify something, such as 5 is going to signify half inch while EMT 6 will signify ¼ inches of EMT conduit bending. This is called a deduct number.

When you are measuring you need to minus the deduct number from it only then the arrow will be inserted. Once you have subtracted the deduct number then you can mark it with the pencil. Make sure you place it alongside the arrow which you have marked. Place your conduit bending in line with the mark which you have created besides you arrow, you need to put pressure on it. Take the help of some professional if you need, other wise a steady foot pressure would be would be enough. You need to continue until you have bended you conduit up to 90 degrees.  There are different marks at 30, 60 and 90 degrees. You should keep putting on the pressure until you reach the 90 degree mark.  Then in the end you need to check whether you have placed your conduit bending right or not.  You need to check whether it is bending properly and the way you wanted it to bend. If its fits then it is a sign for your success. 

I am certainly not saying that conduit bending is a piece of cake but instead it requires a lot of practice and skill, if you think you can’t do it then it is advisable to use the conduit bending guide I am sure that will be of a great help and you will be able to succeed in bending conduit.

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