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Topic: OT: Small-diameter Rod Bender (4 msgs / 79 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
I need to bend a small-diameter metal rod, maybe 3/32. It is stiff and
hard to reach (it holds the float that turns off the water valve in my
toilet tank). I'm tired of wrestling with it with vise grips.
Background: I replaced the valve in a new, small tank with a valve for
the old, large tanks, so had to really bend the rod holding the float
to even get the float down into the water of the tank. In the meantime
I have found one that fits, but I hate to toss the old one; it is very
close to working, works most of the time, but once in a while I have
to help it out by lifting the float arm up to shut off the water.
Seems like I recall little "benders" that had screws in the middle and
the ends, and the screws could be turned to bend small-diameter metal
rods. But I can't find theses "screw-operated benders" in listings
under "bend" or "bender". In fact, the only "benders" I can find are
for tubes.
Do these "screw-operated bender" things really exist, and if they do,
what are they called?
Thanks,
Brian

2) From: Rich
I know that this will generate more comments.
The fill valve will not reliably operate if the float arm is bent from 
straight.  Note the word "reliably".  Cut it off and re thread.
Master Crapper Mechanic
Brian Kamnetz wrote:
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3) From: Frank Parth
Brian,
Check out some of these small diameter rod benders at Micro-Mark:
They have a lot of tools for hobbyists and might have something in the size you need.
Frank Parth
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4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
wow - toilet questions!!! have we reached a new level of OT? There's 
a small hand tool bender for rod thats smaller than, say the normal 
conduit bender. I saw it at home depot so it should be everywhere. 
Theres also a bender for small diameter copper tubing, but 3/32 is 
very very small, hard to bend without pinching it.
tom
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