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Hi all,

My name is Garrett. I'm a 21 guy from france and have been a plumber in training for a little over a month now.

I joined this forum to learn more about plumbing as well as to ask questions.

So, I'm currently at a training center where we are learning the basics of plumbing. Right now, we are learning how to trace, bend pipe (with a pipe bender and with an oxy/acetelyne torch). It's going well and I'm currently working on my first installation of a radiator. The thing is, bending the pipe so that it's perfect is difficult :/ Does anyone have any general tips that might help me? Will it ever be perfect or can I live with a little imperfection?

I hope to be able to contribute to this forum more in the future when I become more versed in plumbing.

Peace,

Garrett
 

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hello Garret, welcome to this forum.




when you bend your pipe, are you annealing it ?

I have found using a bender to bend copper it is best to anneal the pipe and bend slowly, be aware that the bender itself can deform the pipe with tool marks
 

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Currently we are bending iron pipes. When we heat bend them in a vice, I suppose we are annealing. When using a bender ( which is hydrolic ) we just do it cold.

How bad are tool marks? Sometimes I get some pipes that are a bit flat on the sideS. Does this affect anything?
 

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Welcome CopperMan.

Annealing pipe is when you heat it enough to change it's crystalline structure and the allowing it to cool slow. This makes it easier to bend.
That is why soft annealed copper ( rolled copper ) is easier to bend that ridged lengths of copper.

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The best thing for you is to listen to your instructor and ask questions.
Don't bend much pipe here. Maybe some small copper tubing now and then.

the quality of the bending tool is a big factor I would presume in regards to the flat sides. Not sure.
 
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