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Thread: Tubing for arches in the UK

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    Default Re: Tubing for arches in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by ezellner View Post
    For even bending, use the hot sand method (videos on YouTube) and a fixture. Hot air gun may not give you the smooth curve you are looking for.
    It doesnt look like hes using PVC. Might want to simply start with just hot water

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    Default Re: Tubing for arches in the UK

    I think I experimented with the same tubing, it's PE or PP material.
    I have used a method by filling the tube with cold sand, and then heating the tube with a hot air gun. That worked out relatively well, but I intend to do it for next year's display with the hot sand method, so basically heating sand in a pan, pouring it in the tube, an then, after a few minutes, bending it around a template. I expect even better results from that.

    The PEX tubing that Martin was referring to is actually more AL-PEX, so flexible PE tubing with an aluminium layer in between. That's the only one I could find here on the mainland as well. That type of tubing is not translucent at all. Sharkbite apparently is, but I haven't been able to find it here.

    By the way, not for arches of lights, but AL-PEX tubing is very easily bendable, easiest by putting a bending spring inside the tube. That way, you can make great candy-canes. Without lightning of course.

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    Default Re: Tubing for arches in the UK

    How about these ??lights..jpg

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    Default Re: Tubing for arches in the UK

    Hi
    should you want Ican make these for you 40 mm tube ap 1370 wide 1040 hight cost would be 15.00 each for the bent tube only pick up from Oxford.

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    Default Re: Tubing for arches in the UK

    Ok. Ok course nothing is simple in the republic. No one appears to stock this product, but a little out of box thinking and the NI stores of course have stock. Road trip time I guess. B&Q appears to have the floplast push-fit 40mm white 3m length.

    https://www.diy.com/departments/flop....prd?rrec=true

    Next we need to do some match on the length per arch and number of arches.

    1st world issues.

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    Default Re: Tubing for arches in the UK

    Screwfix 65426 also works - I've used lots of it for making pipes with 40mm end caps and strips inside.
    Have tried to form an arch but it springs back and doesn't form a very good shape.

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