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Frank (N.Mi.)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:45 am    Post subject: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Does anybody know if there is a place that sells tube stock with a slot in it? Say 3/16" or 1/4"? I'm trying to put a kind of "safety edge" on a piece of sheet metal stock on a truck project. I can't bend the metal in this particular application.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

McMaster Carr sales a rudder egde that goes over sheet metal edges.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Go to your auto supply store and get door edge molding. It even comes in chrome.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How about regular wire loom? Or a piece of rubber hose and just slice it down the side?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How long a piece do you need and where are you located at in Mi
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ok, yeah thanks for answers so far-- I wasn't really thinking right when I posted the question...The heavy rubber hose trick may work OK but I'm wondering if it is possible to get some metal slit tubing in those sizes? I probably need about seven feet. Not sure if plastic is gonna be durable enuff it will be subject to vibration and maybe a bit of heat
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The stuff that I have has spring clips in it and each clip is appox 1/4 wide and they are molded into it. I got it from where I worked years ago as they threw a whole roll away. It was used in the cutouts on the safty door of die cast machines. I would be more than happy to give you some if needed. I live by Lake City
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't know where you can buy it already slit but if I were needing it I would slit it this way.

I would clamp the tubing to a sheet of plywood. Then make a carrier on wheels to hold a dermal or die grinder. Choose a cutting wheel the thickness I needed, fasten some runners to make sure the cutting wheel was on center of the tubing. I would then run the cutter wheel the distance of the tubing making a shallow cut then lower it a small amount for each pass until it was slit all the way thru.
The most time would be in the setup. Much like most of my tooling jobs I do.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You might want to try Hydraulic hose loom. There are several kinds, some looks like a nylon sock, another is a wrap type product made of heavy plastic, that has a memory. I've also seen a device, that slits regular abs plastic pipe, to make the memory type loom. I saw the article, in farmshow magazine.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wonder if you could buy thin wall tubing and slit it with double notched electric shears. Kett is the brand that I have. Ellis
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

http://www.mcmaster.com/#trim-molding/=l93pwn

Here's what you need.

Donovan from Wisconsin
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Get the pipe size you want to use, have a buddy with a plazma cutter cut a line down the pipe using a straight edge.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:20 am    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


How about having it made out of sheet metal on an 8 foot brake?

Dusty
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hmm" I'm trying to edge a piece of 3/32". Don't know if yours would work, do the clips show when installed? (I'd like 'em hidden) There also is one in Don's link that will work. Appreciate the offer, I'm around twenty miles south of Mac. City btw...kinda' long for a road trip though.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Slit tubing? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yeah! Looks like the vinyl over steel will work... Never occurred to me to search "edge guard"! Mcmaster Carr comes thru' again Thx!
 
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