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#1 whitney

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:06 PM

Can you bend these? If so HOW?

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:10 PM

Are you talking about PIPE PANELS???? If so, I wouldn't think you could without breaking the metal.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:25 PM

These panels are used for making pens. There made out of heavy gauge wire.

I'm trying to make hay feeders out of them, but I want to bend them instead of cutting them so I don't have any sharp edges.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:29 PM

They could probably be bent but you would need something VERY heavy to place on the one side and then either a sledge hammer or something else very heavy to bend the other.
Sounds like a lot of work though. unsure.gif You could always cut them and then grind down the sharp point until smooth.

One of my friends is using the metal milk crates for their hay feeders. Looks like it works really well.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:33 PM

It can be done. There are many ways to go about it. I have no idea of what you have avalable for tools or equipment. I have used a break to bend them to fit several times. Are you bending with or without a warp (vertical) wire. If not you can heat and bend each wire separatly , its slow but requires the minimum of effort. You can also bend them by just clamping and using a lever. If all else fails most welding shops will do your bending on their brake for just a minimal fee. I sometimes think that the fee is more than worth it.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 01:59 PM

Bend or curve? Well, I guess you wouldn't need advice on HOW to curve them!

But my husband did bend one panel. Not sure why...I guess he thought it would attach better to the wooden fence. Looked like a lot of work. He used a cement block as a base and a hammer.

It was 6-12 inches toward the end of the panel, so if you wanted to do this in the middle...I would think it would be much more difficult.

Use a hack saw to cut it in half and put a post in there. yes.gif
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:33 PM

We bend those heavy cattle/stock panels. yes.gif

I'm a heavy gal and I stand on them while hubby lifts up one end. A little at a time it is bent. Then we both push on it and finish the bend.
No tools needed, just my fluffy self! blush.gif

You can lay it across a log/post where you want the bend and push on it to get it started. I can go take a pic of one of ours that we bent if you'd like.

I'm just saying we have done it with no special tools.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:35 PM

I'm thinking she might mean not pipe pannels but those wire mesh panels where you can get the cattle ones that are like 48" or so tall and 16' long, or the hog ones that are shorter.

If that's what she's talking about, they are not hard to bend but takes two people, like if you're making a round pen or something.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:38 PM

Okay, I read the thread better now I'm more up to speed.

I've seen some people make hay feeders out of thin PVC pipe. I'm not totally for sure howt hey do it, but I"m thinking that the thin (but strong) PVC pipe goes over nails or screws.

That might be an easier way to do it (? but I probably would spend a year trying to figure it out!!! Not crafty at all unfortunately for me.)

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 04:11 PM

QUOTE(REO @ Sep 20 2005, 03:33 PM)
No tools needed, just my fluffy self!  blush.gif 

I'm just saying we have done it with no special tools.

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laugh.gif Too Funny! No special tools??? I'd say YOU were pretty darn special! biggrin.gif

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