Heat Shrink Tubing

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Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby BrotherWolf » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:49 pm

Easy question, what do I use to add the heat to shrink it.
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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby Roger (RJ) » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:58 pm

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.

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby Tricky Dicky » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:46 pm

Some of the more professional types of hairdryer will also shrink it when used with a nozzle.

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby Peterm » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:53 pm

Heat gun for me, but watch your fingers and sensitive stuff like decoders/speakers,etc.
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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby BrotherWolf » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:34 pm

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.
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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby Roger (RJ) » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:58 pm

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.

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby taz07733 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:21 pm

Hi the dremel versatip gas iron comes with an attachment that's good for heatshrink

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby klaatu » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:53 pm

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.

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby BrotherWolf » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:00 pm

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.

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby klaatu » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:23 am

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!

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby Peterm » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:25 pm

I've heard stories about the forest of dean.
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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby seanhellen » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:12 pm

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:

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Re: Heat Shrink Tubing

Postby noel » Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:31 am

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The lighter, or even a match, both used judiciously, I have found work well.

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