Tips & Tricks: Perfect Z-bends [August 2012]

Jul 06, 2012 5 Comments by

Perfect Z-bends: You can make a perfect Z-bend with this easy-to-make took.  Cut a 1/16-inch (or the appropriate) slot in the head of a lineman’s pliers.  The easiest way to do this is to use a Dremel tool and the cutting disk.  Then just bend an “L” bend using the pliers at the end of the pushrod.  Now insert that pre “L” bended wire into the slot and bend in your Z-bend.

Takeshi Osabe – Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

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5 Responses to “Tips & Tricks: Perfect Z-bends [August 2012]”

  1. Keithhs says:

    It would be a lot more useful if you would cut the slot on an angle and deeper… You could then make any size zee bend that you wanted.

  2. crispin church says:

    i use the same type of thing but i like yours better i have a hole drilled not a cut
    the cut would be a lot easier to get wire out
    great job good to learn of each other

  3. FHH says:

    The hole leaves the pliers stronger than the slot.

    Doesn’t have to be lineman’s pliers can be standard cheap pliers.
    Such as:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/pliers/6-inch-professional-slip-joint-pliers-94380.html

  4. member1340161736 says:

    I knew there was an easier way. Thanks.

  5. Mick says:

    awesome tip, thanks for that one.

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