From the HBD Archive
From: Hugh R Bynum <Hugh_R_Bynum@ccm.hf.intel.com>
Subject: racking tubes
Date: 1992-05-26 18:23:10 GMT

Several people responded to a query about racking tubes and recommended using
copper pipe or tubing. A tip to make the job easier: buy a tube bender along
with the tubing when you make the trip to your local hardware or home supply
store. This tool is a piece of coil spring, about 6"-7" long, with an inside
diameter that matches the outside diameter of the tubing you want to bend. Slip
the spring over the tubing where you're going to bend it, then bend the tubing
GENTLY inside the spring. The spring keeps the tubing from kinking (as long as
you don't try for too small a radius), and can be slipped off over the bend.
Tube benders are usually sold on the same rack as fittings and all those other
copper goodies you'll get to know and love as a brewer. The $2 or so they cost
is well worth the investment.

Hugh Bynum
Portland, Oregon
hugh@littlei.intel.com

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