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Maybe you don’t always have to cut PVC and re-connect it with foul-smelling glue to install it. In some applications, maybe you can just bend it. There are heaters for bending PVC, which at the best smell really bad or at the worst emit some nasty chemicals, but Rack-A-Tiers’ Pipe Viper allows you to bend PVC cold.

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The Pipe Viper is a long spring that’s slightly smaller than the inner diameter of the corresponding size Schedule 40 PVC pipe. You slip it into a section of PVC while you’re bending it to maintain the inner diameter of the pipe. Of course, you still need to watch the temperature: The pipe should be 50°F or warmer, or else you could have problems.

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CableOrganizer.com sells three models of the Pipe Viper: a 1/2″ diameter by 36″ long spring costing $26, a 3/4″ diameter by 28″ long spring at $28, and 1″ diameter by 36″ long spring at $35.  Rack-A-Tiers also makes bending springs in 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″, 3″, 3-1/2″, and 4″ diameters.

The Pipe Viper [Rack-A-Tiers]
The Pipe Viper [CableOrganizer.com]

10 Responses to Cold Bend PVC

  1. Beast says:

    They dont work worth a darn. Nothing beats the old greenlee hotbox. I’ve had guy working for me come up with pretty creative way of bending pvc. They tried the springs once and threw them back in the gangbox.

  2. maxQ says:

    I prefer the Gardner Bender HotTube, you can leave the pipe in it all day and it will not turn like it does in the hot box.

  3. matt says:

    Let the exhaust from the truck run through it for a couple minutes and you’re good to go, cheap and the truck is always there.

  4. Beast says:

    Thats what the guys on the job were doing (the truck trick) when the owner of the company showed up. I had 32 guys and 1 hot box, he was to cheap to buy another box so he bought those springs. As soon as he left I told the guys to fire the truck up. Pretty sad , trying to do a $850,000 electrical job with 1 hot box.

  5. Jim K. says:

    Gee… Who would’ve guessed that a product from a company with a name that plays off the term racketeer wouldn’t get rave reviews? Seriously though anyone familiar with their other tools and if they’re any good.

  6. Sean says:

    We use several of their wire dispensing systems at work. All perform well. I also carry the Crocs wire strippers they sell, and like them.

  7. fred says:

    Before you decide that using an idling truck engine is the cheap way to bend PVC – you should take a look at your local anti-idling laws. In our area there is a recent push to enforce these laws and collect some pretty stiff fines:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/2170989/2008-Idle-Laws-by-State

  8. browndog77 says:

    I have a set of similar springs designed for bending copper(w/ the spring on the outside). I’ll have to check how they fit in the next-size-up PVC!

  9. matt says:

    I live in Canada and we still have a tree or two and tons of clean air. We also use hydro-electric dams and nuclear. There’s no need for anti-idling laws here since we don’t have a thousand coal fired plants smogging up the place. Good luck with anti-idling laws when it’s below -20 C for half the year.

  10. Paulb says:

    Would this really violate an anti-idling law? You are using the truck to do a job. Any utility truck that uses an engine powered generator or some type of PTO driven system sits and idles while the operator is working, this would be the same thing IMO.

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