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Old 12-11-2013, 08:10 PM
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

A fold in the pipe is not necessarily a bad thing, in this case all I needed was a sharp angle while structural integrity will be provided elsewhere.

I was reading up more and some people use a 'heating blanket' to bring the pipe up to temperature. This could be a good DIY project for a tool to make a DIY project. All you need is a power source, nichrome wire, and some kind of cloth or other holder that can withstand the heat.

I have power supply and nichrome wire, now just to figure out something to hold the wire.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:11 PM
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

Here's some PVC heat forming in action from my current project



I found a new tool that works fine with low heat setting and also makes the heating process speed up quite a bit, it can be found here. Not sure if everyone can find it easily: it's expensive and might need special order.
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

Your project is most intriguing. Are you going to add more things to the 4 corners?
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:08 AM
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

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Your project is most intriguing. Are you going to add more things to the 4 corners?
Thanks! I have a thread going on over here. I'll be adding double arches over the top of the whole assembly. I've divided each arch into 90 degree arcs measuring 31 inches that I've heated up in a special heat gun powered furnace using bricks and aluminum foil to trap the heat. Each arc takes me about two minutes and is they are set in shape by using a high powered fan, but a hair dryer with a cool air setting would probably work just as well.

More to come! ... just have to wrap things up tonight.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:44 PM
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

Very old thread, yes, but just stumbled on a new idea! I just made JoJo a perch for his cage. I wraped it in sissal and me, being me, I washed it. I put it into the microwave to dry it -and when I took it out, I could bend it any which way I wanted to! Of course, within 30 seconds it hardened back up. I see potential in what I fell into! The water soaked into the sissal produced a controlled, even heat! It was about a bendy as a wired rope perch.
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

Quote: Originally Posted by Flboy View Post
Very old thread, yes, but just stumbled on a new idea! I just made JoJo a perch for his cage. I wraped it in sissal and me, being me, I washed it. I put it into the microwave to dry it -and when I took it out, I could bend it any which way I wanted to! Of course, within 30 seconds it hardened back up. I see potential in what I fell into! The water soaked into the sissal produced a controlled, even heat! It was about a bendy as a wired rope perch.
Can you show us what you made? I'm interested in seeing how it looks.

I bought this table top perch on ebay so my macaw could be in the kitchen with me on the table without pooping on it. I knew it was bent pvc and I wondered how the seller did that: Feathersmart Large Bird Parrot Table Top Stand w Cups | eBay
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

Been too much of homebrew's, but will post what I ran into!
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

This is it. Since it was a perch that was already fit to the cage, I let it harden straight. But the concept is there! The wet string can only get so hot, and it was soft the entire length.

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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

Hi, I'm Barbara and I'm new to this forum. I have a 6-month-old ovaline, black-capped conure. I bought a Luxor Tub Storage Cart with 2 shelves. I will try to design a two level play gym that has an additional perch going over the middle to fit into the top tub. So far it seems that I will need 10 corners, 6 three-sided connectors, 2 four-sided connectors plus lengths of PVC to go in between.
I have a lot of questions as to how to create and was planning to go to Lowe's or somewhere for some advice. Any advice on how to measure or take into account the added length of the connectors and corners in the length and width of the structure.
I don't have a heat gun, dry sand or large disposable container to heat up anti-freeze. If my structure will be about 17" X 31", any guesses on how much this will be costing? I already have the vet wrap.
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Re: heat forming - trial on PVC pipe

I built an ultralight bi-plane once that required bends in the aluminum tubing. To prevent kinks I inserted wire rope or cable inside then bent it. jh PS: It doesn't need to fit, just fill most of the tubing. It would pull right out. jh
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