Posted by in Plumber Talk, on March 8, 2017





This video cover the process of bending a crossover on 15mm and 22mm copper pipe. We cover marking the pipe up, bending it into position and measuring it out. Honest reviews and advice.
Word to your mother, your sister and your brother. But probably less your brother. Welcome to today’s video. Today we’re gonna learn how to bend a crossover; a single crossover. A lot of people have asked me how to bend one of these, and I thought well, I’m gonna tell them. Sorry about the slight lack of time between our last video. I’ve actually been on holiday in Italy, where I actually hired a car out, and drove around where there aren’t any rules apparently. Sorry to say. But, anyway, let’s get on with this video, if you want, it’s gonna be absolutely great. So remember, hold tight.
Right then, so what it comes down to when you’re doing this is a bit of practise. Now, your first bend is the most important bend. You’re gonna wanna do a bend that’s more than a but less than a . Here we go. Right, so let’s pull this ’round. You must go a little bit further.
So let’s say we wanna do a bend; a crossover that’s gonna take a mm pipe through here like that. That means you wanna leave a gap of, say, mm. You always have your nice flat edge in here. Pop your tape measure on there, and measure the gap out to mm, which is what it is there. And then make sure that you’re kinda symmetrical on here. Now let’s say, so far, that’s probably about symmetrical about there. Right, once you’ve got those, you pop your finger on here, and run a line across the pipe there, and then run a line across the pipe here.
So then you got two lines just like that. Now for the next bit, we’re gonna bend out our pieces like this and like this. Now you know what I’m like when it comes to using vises in videos. I hate to do it. But because we’re trying to get this done right, and make it look really good for you, and also ’cause I wanna show you the right way of doing it. ‘Cause most of the time when you bend one of these, you’ll be on the floor, we’re gonna pop this in the vise for you now so you can get a really good overhead look at where you need to line up and are ready for your next bends. So let’s do that now. Oh my God.
So what we now do is we pop our marked piece of pipe in here, OK. And we get it so our mark is touching the top of this lip here. Once you’ve got it in there, run your former in and just nip it a slight bit so it holds it in position.
So there you go, you put your mark just here, OK. And then you just run your former in nicely like so. And just tighten that; just hold it tight. Just like that. And the next bit you very quickly need to do is just make sure that as the pipe goes out of the back of the former it’s level. And we do that with our ruler, and just get down on one knee and just have a quick look. It just needs a little, tiny tap down there.
Right, we’re ready to bend. So bending is really easy. All you wanna do is imagine a line as you’re bending this ’round like that. It comes around and lines up with our other mark here. So, it’s easy to do once you’ve done it loads of times. You can just do it with your eye. And just see it lining up; just look down the pipe. But a lot of the time you’ll wanna grab something and just lay that on there, and make sure it’s in line. Always remember you get a little bit of spring-back. So when you let go that’ll just spring back a little bit. And that bend’s done, there. So there we have our bend here.
Now, you’re gonna think… You turn over, and there’ll be no mark on the other side. So what you do is I always just lay my ruler along the centre of the bit you’ve already done. Get your pen. And just run your next mark there. And then you’ve got your next mark to go on. Pop this back in here like we showed you earlier. Get your mark so it’s in there like we showed you earlier. Just so it’s touching on that line. Run your former in. Tense it up. Put your ruler on here. Make sure that your horizontal is nice and straight. Once you think you’ve got it in the right position, bend it out. So it’s in line. And there you go.
Right so there we go. Bent it out. There you go. Always make sure it’s nice and level. Lovely. Got another little baby there as well. There you go. So there we go, there’s a crossover, And there’s another one. They’re great. They go up here. Look at that, they go up there nice. So does that one. That goes up there nice. In fact, I’ve got one so good, I could throw a dart through that and hit triple . Not a bullseye, because I know about darts; triple ‘s better. So, I hope you found today’s video informative and helpful.

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