I have a small retaining wall to build. All worked out & designed etc, but the design calls for rebar, in fact some bent rebar.
The design only calls for #4 bar, but I have a low cost supply of #5 bar available. So for about the same or slightly less cost I can get #5 not #4 bar. All good.
However I'm not sure if I'll be able to bend #5 bar by hand. This is a one off project and I can't see a future need for a bender, so as reluctant to spent the couple haundred buying a bender.
I'm thinking of a) slipping a piece of pipe over the rebar, putting some gloves on and after locating a suitable mounting & post to bend around, pull on the pipe hard!.
a) will the bar crack / break on a 90deg bend? b) what sort / dia or bend radius / post should I bend around.
or is 5/8" bar just to big to manually bend (I don't want to heat it for obvious reasons)??
Or should I just rig up a bender using a car jack or similar?
Thx for any info.