Calbond® PVC coated conduit should be installed without damaging the coating on the conduit and fittings.

Calbond® offers an assortment of tools to facilitate a damage free installation so that you can use the proper tools, designed specifically for PVC coated conduit & fittings. Installing Calbond® PVC coated conduit using conventional tools may result in damaged coating, rendering a failed installation.

Bending

Hand bending of Calbond® conduit can be done using an EMT bender one size larger than the conduit. For example, to bend ¾” Calbond® conduit, use a 1″ EMT hand bender.

For sizes ½” to 2″, an electric bender is recommended. Calbond® recommends the Greenlee 555 which is available with special shoes for PVC coated conduit.

For sizes 2-½” to 4″ hydraulic benders are available from Calbond®. Greenlee 881CT is recommended with shoes designed specifically for PVC coated conduit.

Cutting

For hand cutting and threading use standard cutting tools: either a roller cutter or a saw.

Clamping

Use any conventional vise to clamp the PVC coated conduit, either a yoke type or a chain type. Protect the coating from damage by using Calbond® clam shells, or by making your own clam shells. You may rent them or buy them from Calbond® for the sizes required, or make them by slicing two 6″ long pieces of rigid (or PVC coated rigid) conduit, one size larger than the size of the clamped conduit. Split them the long way slightly off center using a band saw. Discard the bigger sections and use the smaller ones as your protecting shells.

Threading

Threading Calbond® conduit can be accomplished in several ways by a variety of tools available for rent or purchase from Calbond® or an authorized reseller of tools specifically designed for threading PVC coated conduit. For hand threading, Ridgid, www.ridgid.com, offers threading dies colored silver to distinguish them from the Standard Dies (Red Colored). These dies are bored out to allow the throat of the die to go over the coating.

The dies can be purchased from Ridgid, www.ridgid.com. The catalog numbers are:

12 R NPT ½” =51857, ¾”=51862, 1″=51867, 1-1/4″=51872, 1-1/2″=51877, 2″=51882

“Pony” threader (Ridgid’s catalog number 700), is a portable power drive for the same dies that are used in hand threading.

Power threading machines especially designed for PVC coated conduit, are also available:

  • ½” to 2″ Rothenberger Threader catalog numbers 00579, with 20553
  • ½” to 4″ Rothenberger Threader catalog numbers P00551C with 00561

Tightening

Calbond® offers special pipe wrenches which will not cause damage to the coating.

Rothenberger Catalog #:

10″ Pipe Wrench P70159C
14″ Pipe Wrench P70160C
18″ Pipe Wrench P70161C
24″ Pipe Wrench P70162C

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Available Tools through Calbond

ItemDescription
PV00005185751857 1/2" RIGID THREADING DIE
PV00005186251862 3/4" RIGID THREADING DIE
PV00005186751867 1" RIGID THREADING DIE
PV00005520755207 12R THREADER SET
PV00004193541935 MODEL 700 THREADER
PV000070159C70159C 10IN ALUM PIPE WRENCH-CALBOND
PV000070160C70160C 14IN ALUM PIPE WRENCH-CALBOND
PV000070161C70161C 18IN ALUM PIPE WRENCH-CALBOND
PV000070162C70162C 24IN ALUM PIPE WRENCH-CALBOND
PV0500HS-CLP1/21/2" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV0700HS-CLP3/43/4" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV1000HS-CLP11" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV1200HS-CLP11/41-1/4" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV1500HS-CLP11/21-1/2" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV2000HS-CLP22" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV2500HS-CLP21/22-1/2" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV3000HS-CLP33" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV3500HS-CLP31/23-1/2" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV4000HS-CLP44" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV5000HS-CLP55" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV6000HS-CLP66" HALF SHELL CLAMP
PV0520HS-CLPSET1/2" THRU 2" HALF SHELL CLAMP SET
555C555C BENDER
3727937279 - PVC COATED SHOE KIT
PV000036273MODEL 460-6 CHAIN VISE
PV000040090MODEL 23 YOKE VISE
PV000040130MODEL 40-A YOKE VISE
PV-J23PV-J23 #23 PIPE VISE JAWS
PV-J40PV-J40 #40-A TRIPOD PIPE VISE JAWS