Shower Installation Plumbing: Copper Pipe Bending Shower Installation Plumbing: Copper Pipe Bending

What You'll Need
Sand or salt
Copper pipe
Propane torch
Clamp that can be attached to a table
Pencil or marker

A shower installation plumbing is essential if you want your shower to work as it should. Even if the original plumbing in your bathroom was not designed to have a shower, you can still install additional plumbing pipes to support a shower. One of the types of pipe that is used for the job is made from copper although it is more common in refrigerators and air conditioners. But in plumbing installations, there is always a need to bend copper pipes and this can pose some problems if you do not do it properly. Kinks may result in the pipes and you may lose the integrity of the whole system. Thankfully, the task can be carried out even without the help of a professional if you know how.

Step 1 - Getting the Copper Pipe

Before doing the project, purchase the required length of copper pipe for the project. Most hardware stores would allow copper pipes to be bought according to required specs.

Step 2 - Marking the Area

With a pencil or marker, mark the areas in the copper pipe that need to be bent. For each of the bends, mark the beginning, center and end.

Step 3 - Clamping the Copper Pipe

Use the clamp to attach the copper pipe to the edge of a table. If the table you will be using is made of wood, it is essential that you place the clamp as far away from the surface of the table as possible to minimize the risk of a fire.

Step 4 - Heating the Copper Pipe

Ignite your propane torch and heat the copper pipe on the area where it will be bent. Apply the propane torch until the area is red hot. When the metal is super heated this way, the molecular structure of copper is altered thereby allowing it to be bent.

Step 5 - Bending the Copper Pipe

Allow the copper pipe to cool down enough for you to safely touch it with your hands. Grab the pipe accordingly and bend it according to your specifications. Use both of your hands and fingers to mold the pipe into the curve that you like.

Step 6 - Avoiding Kinks in Tight Bends

If you are going to make tight bends in the copper pipe, you can prevent it from kinking by filling it up tightly with sand or salt once it has cooled down sufficiently. After filling it up, bend the copper pipe into the tight bend or curve that you desire. Because the space inside the pipe has been filled up, there is no allowance for the tube to kink thereby allowing you to do bend safely. Bending copper may be quite awkward for you at first but you will become more proficient with practice. Hence, it might be a good idea if you can purchase an extra length of copper pipe just in case.

Step 7 - Installing the Bent Copper Pipe

Install the bent copper pipe according to the settings required on your plumbing plan like you would an ordinary piping.

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