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Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:49 pm
by BrotherWolf
Easy question, what do I use to add the heat to shrink it.

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:58 pm
by Roger (RJ)
You can usually do it by holding the joint on small wires as close as possible to a hot soldering iron or you can use a heat gun.

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:46 pm
by Tricky Dicky
Some of the more professional types of hairdryer will also shrink it when used with a nozzle.

Richard

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:53 pm
by Peterm
Heat gun for me, but watch your fingers and sensitive stuff like decoders/speakers,etc.

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:34 pm
by BrotherWolf
Thanks for the replies everyone, I had read that it may be a heat gun but it seemed a bit over the top. I'll have to dig it out and have a go.

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:58 pm
by Roger (RJ)
There is a "proper" heat gun available which comes with heat shields which clip on to the nozzle but it's a bit expensive!!! See this RS Link. I used one of these in the past when I worked in an electronics repair workshop.

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:21 pm
by taz07733
Hi the dremel versatip gas iron comes with an attachment that's good for heatshrink

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:53 pm
by klaatu
I use a small heat gun as used for embossing etc; I pinched it off the wife :wink:

Seems to work OK; you can get them for about £12 on eBay.

Steve

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:00 pm
by BrotherWolf
Heat gun has been dug out and it seems to do the trick.....though I think it would probably be a good idea to use in short spurts and not get too close.

Klaatu - I wish I was on Sanday, been to Westray a few times.

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:23 am
by klaatu
BrotherWolf wrote:I wish I was on Sanday, been to Westray a few times.
I like it, but I miss trees. I've been to the Forest of Dean a few times, and sometimes I wish I was there!

Steve

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:25 pm
by Peterm
I've heard stories about the forest of dean.

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:12 pm
by seanhellen
To be fair I just use a lighter VERY quickly up and down the length of tubing. Works for me and costs pennies. Be careful not to set fire anything though :lol:

Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:31 am
by noel
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The lighter, or even a match, both used judiciously, I have found work well.

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