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Old 04-11-2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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DIy U pipes,elbows,lily pipes. etc !!


Hey folks just saw this cool set off tubing benders at canadian tire.
Anyhow The sizes are perfect , 1/4, 5/16 and 3/8. I just made a 1/2 inch j Pipe for my 15 gallon using standard Lfs piping that costs about 1$ for 3ft.
I used a heat gun to soften the pipe then bend it hold it for a minute to cool and voila it's done. I took my less than 5 mins to do a J pipe and a nice radiused 90 bend. Let it cool and you could do a 2nd to make a lily pipe. Wow.
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Old 04-11-2005, 10:17 PM   #2
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What are the pipes made of?

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Old 04-11-2005, 11:04 PM   #3
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Oops they a spring that is very flexible but sturdy. Like I said, They work great and they are easy to use.
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You should try to make some lily pipes out of plastic. May sound kind of stupid here but how do you attach it to the tubing to the filter (I assume that is what the J is for)?
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Yep it does j/k
The J tube is the like the usual tube supplied with canister filters that attaches to the spray bar. Could be used just like a Lily pipe just heat and squish the pipe output a little.
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Isn't there usually some time of barbed fitting at the end though for the flexible tubing to slide onto? I also assume you just bent a length on clear tubing with something on the ends?
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I just installed one on my 15 tall' tank> It replaced a jury rigged piece made from two 90' elbows and tubing. The pressure was so much better had to turn my pump down 60% to stop from overpowering my overflow= mess.
I guess each 90' elbow really is 1 ft of head. What a difference.
I also replaced the 90' elbow fitting on my spray bar in my 70' with a nice radiussed elbow. Also seems a little better.
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Cool deal! Ridgid makes these puppies in sizes up to 7/8". Any idea what wall thickness or material your tubing is? I'd like to reduce the number of hard 90 degree bends in my plumbing as well.
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It's the same thing rigid has on the pdf. The tubing I bent was the cheapo 1mm stuff you use for ugf tubes etc. I used 1/2 inch for my J tube and spray bar on my 15 tall.
Some heavier gauge tubing would be great if I could find any.
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The 1/2 tubing I bent fits perfectly into the eheim 12/16 tubing I used for my pump out. It's a tight fit.
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You can always use clamps if you're concerned. I was contemplating bending some of that pipe but... I'd forgotten about those tubing bender thingies. I think Micromark carries them.
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I found them here for about $7 US a pop, or you can buy the set for $30. What type of heat gun are you using? Last time I tried something like this I fried the wife's hair dryer...
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Old 04-12-2005, 03:01 PM   #13
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The heat gun I'm using is a wallpaper stripper gun. about 15.00 $ @homedepot
Iuse for electronics ie heat shrink tubing etc...Works very fast two settings also great fior removing stickers off anything.


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I am really wondering now if it would be possible to stretch out one end to make a lilly tube. Hmm.. if I had a heat gun I'd be all over that.. well.. I'd try it anyways.
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Bending tip for heated plastics.

Step one: Fill them with sand.
Step two: Heat them uniformly where you want to draw material for the bend.
Step three. Use a rod, can or whatever shape you want to bend around for a mandrel.

This will keep you tube from necking down at the bend.
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