How to Bend a Conduit Correctly

Updated February 21, 2017

Metal conduits are long straight pipes used to carry a wire or several wires from one point to another. Often you will need to change the shape of conduit to accommodate corners or dips. You can easily bend a conduit using a manual conduit bender. These benders have a number of degrees etched into it so you can just bend the conduit until it reaches the degree mark that you need. You will also find a number of calculations needed for figuring out the exact size of the bend you need.

Make a mark on the conduit where you want the bend to start with a marker. The mark should be visible when you put the conduit in the bender.

Hold the conduit bender handle with the curved metal end at the top of the handle. The side of the bender with a long, thin metal piece sticking down and out should be to your left.

Place the marked conduit so it rests inside the curved fingers on the upper right side of the metal part of the bender. The mark on the conduit should line up with the lowest, right most end of the bender.

Turn the conduit and bend upside down and place them on the floor, so the handle is being held at an angle to the right. The mark on the conduit should be touching the floor, with the long extending part of the left sticking up in the air.

Place your foot firmly on the extending bit. This is a lever for your foot to bend the conduit.

Swiftly press the foot lever down with your foot and at the same time move the handle to the left.

Press the lever and move the handle until you achieve the degree bend that you want.


Draw the numbers embedded on the conduit bender with a marker so you can see them from you upright height.


Don’t bend the conduit repeatedly in the same spot as it weakens the metal.

Things You'll Need

  • Conduit
  • Marker
  • Conduit bender
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