How do I unbend a towel rack?
March 7, 2013 7:05 AM Subscribe
I have a cylindrical towel rack that is bent. I need to unbend it. How can I do this without damaging it further?
posted by bondcliff to home & garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My son was hanging on his towel rack (because we can't have nice things*) and not only pulled it off the wall, but bent it. Our weekend project is to fix it together. This will involve re-mounting it on the wall and also unbending the rack part.
The rack is a metal cylinder, basically a chrome pipe. It's about two feet long and is now bent about two inches along it's length. It appears to be a clean bend, maintaining its roundness, not a kink.
I need to unbend it but I don't want to damage it further in my attempt. The best I can think of is to clamp it down and just try to bend it by hand. Since I assume the metal is already weakened I'm afraid if I do this I will just bend it in half like a soda straw.
I also don't want to damage the chrome so hitting it with a hammer or heating it with a torch is probably a bad idea.
Ideas? Assume I have a large collection of normal tools but no special pipe-bending tools. I'd rather not go and buy or rent anything.
It's a pretty nice towel rack from Restoration Hardware or one of those places so I don't want to just replace it if I can fix it.
*I already gave him the big speech about what could have happened had he fallen back and hit his head on the toilet. I have become my mom and I hate myself for it.