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Old 01-19-2009, 09:17 PM   #11
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Check out this post by mustangfreak- no after pics, but same deal... As long as you are careful about it, it should be ok. Best of luck!
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:56 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by MoRoToRiUm View Post
Just bend SLOW and careful.... 90 degrees max, and that is tough sometimes with worrying about pinching/breaking the line. I did it on a mini fridge for a friend before (and back when he decided it wasn't big enough) with no repercussions....

I've heard speculation on it, but not sure- anyone try heating the lines to make them a little more plyable?
The lines in the picture are aluminum and heating them with a torch may cause you problems. There is refrigerant in the lines and if one of them breaks and you have an open flame present you will have a bad day for sure. Try to locate a tubing bender that will work with the size line you have and use that to gently bend the tubing. I have done refrigeration work for over twenty years and have never been very lucky at repairing broken aluminum lines and you will also have to replace any refirgerant that leaks from a break. Refrigerators use critical weight charges to operate properly.

Good luck.

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Old 01-19-2009, 10:04 PM   #13
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You can get a tubing bender at a good car parts place. They help keep from kinking and breaking the lines.

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Old 10-08-2011, 05:51 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Bobby_M View Post
You'd have to carefully bend the coolant lines out of the way. I did this on an old upright freezer. The shelves were formed by tack welding the wire shelving onto the coolant lines and I had to cut all the wires, etc. I bent two of the shelves up against the back wall.
Lordy, what a pain this has been.

The good news: I got a 7 cu ft upright freezer for only $25 off of Craigslist.

The bad news: It took me three hours to get those damn shelves out of the way so I could use it. And I only moved two out of the three shelves so far. Not to mention all the cuts on my hand. I just plugged it in ten minutes ago so I'll see if I did any irreparable harm to the lines in an hour or so.

I wish I wasn't so poor so I could buy exactly what I need.

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