Professional electricians are required to be proficient in a variety of different specialized techniques. Depending on what setting this work is done in—typically industrial or commercial—conduit bending is one of those many techniques. To be an effective bender in the field, we have to understand when, where, and why to use certain bending methods.
When addressing obstructions on the jobsite, we’re typically creating saddle bends (both 3- and 4-point). With these types of bends, it’s critical we use the push-through method to not only save time (and preserve our patience), but also materials.
First up is a video featuring bender extraordinaire Greg Anlicker and a four-point bend. He describes how leverage and pressure factors into the equation, and how the push-through method may work in your favor.
In this second demo, Greg Anlicker describes why it’s particularly appropriate with a shorter pre-cut length: two 22.5 degree bends, and a 45 degree bend – all very near the end of the conduit.
Many of us have learned (sometimes the hard way) there will come a time when you have to either conserve conduit, or work in a tight situation where the bend will occur near the end of the pipe instead of the middle. This method works wonders in this challenging situations.
Using the push-through method proves to be a simple and logical way to ensure your bending stays consistent and effective, even when working with smaller lengths of conduit. It also guarantees less scraps and less wasted material, since you will not be cutting-to-length every time you need to bend around an obstruction.
Check-in with your fellow electricians below if you have any addition time-saving shortcuts in regards to bending.