bending 4/0 aluminum inside meter box.

Old 06-01-01, 05:10 PM
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How about some tricks of the trade on bending this 4/0 aluminum wire inside my panel box and meter box. It seems
like a very difficult task working with such short peices.
what do you use to bend this stuff??
thanks for any help
Old 06-02-01, 08:02 PM
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Use liberal amounts of elbow grease sprinkled with a dash of sweat.

Try to land your wires so you can have the minimum amount of bending needed.

Do not use pliers, as this will damage the insulation.

You might try those springs that some plumbers use to bend copper tubing. You just slip the spring over the tubing(wire). It might work.

Good luck.

Rick Miell

Old 06-03-01, 12:03 PM
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I saw in a neighbor's panel the 2/0 main was bent in a clean 90 degree angle. No clue as to how that was accomplished. (moral: there is a way, though who knows how.)

If you have a few spare inches, you can grab the end with Vice Grips, use the leverage to bend, and then cut off the marred end.


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