How to Bend Conduit With a Hand Bender
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How to Bend Conduit With a Hand Bender

Quickly learn The important basics of this commercial electrical skill that you use everyday on the job.
4.7 (12 ratings)
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Published 7/2012
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, the student will have learned how to make the basic conduit bends that a commercial electrician uses on the job regularly.
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This instructional video describes the basic techniques and calculations an electrician needs to know for bending EMT conduit. The video clip titles show you all of the skills you will learn. This course is designed to help a beginner learn this material rapidly. On screen graphics easily explain the calculations and highlight important concepts. It is over 2 and half hours in length. Conduit bending is an essential element of any electrician training program. This electric video is great for the apprentice electrician, and even as a review for a journeyman.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended to teach a complete beginner, and may also be helpful as a review for some of the more advanced bends.
Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Basic Bending Techniques
28 Lectures 02:12:35

This is the introduction to the lesson How to Bend Conduit With a Hand Bender. It covers the basic features an markings on a conduit bender that you will need to know to bend conduit well. 

Preview 01:55

This lecture teaches the basic calculations and techniques for making a 90 degree bend, one of the most common bends used by a commercial electrician.
Preview 02:39

Knowing the proper Deduct for your conduit size and bender is important for making accurate and precise bends.
Preview 03:53

This simple variation on the 90 degree bend is not difficult.  However, you must measure and set up your bend carefully.
Preview 04:38

This is actually easier than the standard Back to Back 90 Degree Bend.  Surprisingly, many are not familiar with this trick and how to apply it in the right situation.
Back to Back Technique on a Straight Stick of Conduit

This video clip shows how to make an Offset, a bend needed when you conduit has to change from one level to another.

Offsets can be made with different angles.  There are many situations where a 22 degree angle is better.  The main reason to use it is that it makes pulling wire in that conduit easier.
22 Degree Offsets

In a tight situation, especially on remodel work, you have to calculate for when the conduit  shrinks after it is bent. This clip teaches you where and how to do it when measuring for your bend.
Offsets With Shrinkage

Different angles of bend have different shrinkage values.  This video clip shows you the most commonly used values.
Some More Information on Shrinkage

This specialized type of offset bend is very helpful when you have to work extremely quickly and getting all of your measurements is difficult.  It is best used where the work will be concealed.
Field Offset or Mean Rise Offset

This bend is used to change levels to go over an obstruction, and then to return to the original level again.  You will learn the proper sequence of calculations, markings and bending in this clip. 
4 Point Saddle

This is an advanced form of the 4 Point Saddle because Shrinkage must be calculated.  This video shows how to add this calculation to a standard 4 Point Saddle.
4 Point Saddle With Shrinkage

This bend is usually used to get around smaller pipes like fire sprinkler pipes. 
3 Point Saddle

This variation of the 3 Point Saddle should be used whenever possible.  It is much easier to pull wire through this type of a bend than a normal 3 Point Saddle.
Half Angle 3 Point Saddle

This type of bend is used when the conduit has to change both level and direction - usually a 90 degree turn.  This video shows how to make this simple bend, and also shows you when you need to be aware of the times you have to calculate shrinkage for your Kick.

This bend is essential for making your work look neat and professional. 
Box Offset

This bend is rarely used but has specific applications in which it is useful.  It allows you to make a 90 degree transition in a somewhat limited space.
Shepherd's Bend

All of the techniques you have learned lose their effectiveness if you don't use them properly in the right order.  This is more of a philosophical subject, but still highly important. 
Planning the Sequence of Your Work and Section 1 Review

After you have mastered the basics of conduit bending, these simple tricks can take your skill to the next level.  This video shows some techniques for getting your measurements and calculations for your bends very quickly.
Some Advanced Measuring Techniques

This very simple trick shows you how to orient your conduit properly every time so you don't make a bend in the wrong direction - which wastes time, material and money.
The Wire Trick

When you find yourself in a situation where you have to make a bend using a non standard angle, you must use a protractor to make it accurately.  This video is a simple demonstration on how to do that.
Using a Protractor

This video is a variation on the 3 Point Saddle that is very useful when you need to make the bend close to the end of your conduit.  When you see the end result you think it is hard to do, but when you know how it is done, you'll be amazed at how simple it really is.
Anderson Bend

This is simply a review of your school mathematics on how to use the Pythagorean Theorem.  It will be necessary for the Rolling Offset bend taught in the next video.
Pythagorean Theorem

With an Offset, the conduit changes levels.  With a Rolling Offset, it must also reposition itself to the side of the original path. This video incorporates the Pythagorean Theorem from the previous video into making this bend. Follow the simple steps and it is not that hard to do. 

Rolling Offset

This type is bend is rarely used, but it is good to know how to do it.  Instead of using a typical 90 degree bend, the conduits must gradually fan out.  This is mostly done for aesthetic reasons. It takes some special but simple calculations to do.  This video break it down in a very simple manner.
Concentric Bends

This is some supplementary material that is rarely used.  The Trigonometric Table is used mostly with machine bending, but using a hand bender skillfully is an important first step.  If you need this information for hand bending conduits, you will have it.
Using the Trigonometric Table

This is another supplementary video based somewhat on the Trigonometric Table.  If for no other reason, it is good to know that you have this option available to you. 
Finding Angles Without a Protractor

These are some more helpful measuring tricks to save you time.  After you have mastered the basic calculations and bends, these tricks make a lot of sense.
Final Measuring Tricks and Section 2 Review
Advanced Bending Techniques
0 Lectures 00:00
About the Instructor
Electrician Basics Franck Benedetti
4.6 Average rating
23 Reviews
534 Students
6 Courses

Hello, I have been doing electrical work for over 20 years.  The most enjoyable part of my job has always been to teach an apprecntice who is eager to learn. I finally found the formula to do this on video just as well as if I were standing right next to you.  

When I'm not using tools, I like to cycle, play water sports, and practice tai chii.  I like to travel and learn languages also.