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Re: bending stainless steel

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>How much strength is lost when you bend 
>stainless steel by heating?
Most of it. Stainless bolts are strengthened by cold work, and heating to 
forming temperatures puts it back to the annealed condition. You can also 
make the bolts more susceptible to corrosion, soften the threads so 
they're more likely to gall and risk cracking if you use too small a bend 
radius. Don't use carbon steel rules with austenitic steel. Find youself 
a reliable experienced stainless fabricator who will guarantee his work. 
Or find yourself some hardware that you won't have to fiddle. 

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