A project may require you to bend PVC pipe. By doing this at home, you can save on lots of money. This is because specially preformed PVC pipe fittings can be expensive. Read on for a systematic guide that will explain how the PVC pipe can be bent by yourself.
Step 1: Make Markings
Use the tape measure and dry marker to mark the point where the center would be placed. The easiest way to do this is by placing another mark 10 inches on both sides of the middle mark of the bend. This would be the area where heat must be applied using the heat gun.
Step 2: Placing Radius Forms
Place the radius forms adjacent to the pipe that would be heated. The closer the can is kept; easier would be the process of bending the pipe. The can must be kept with the open side facing upwards.
Step 3: Laying Wood Pieces
Lay the two wood pieces in such a way that the heat area is inside the boundary of the pipes and the pipe is supported off the ground.
Step 4: Using the Heat Gun
Turn the heat gun on, hold it 3 inches from the pipe, and move it slowly over the length of the heat area. Simultaneously, turn the pipe in the clockwise direction. Continue the heating through the heat gun until the plastic begins to droop.
Step 5: Bending and Hardening the Pipe
Place the pipe over the radius form and form the pipe over the round surface. Bend the pipe as per the desired shape. Wipe the pipe with a wet cloth to re-harden the plastic.