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 Post subject: Hair dryer vs heat gun
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:31 pm 
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I'm sleeving my entire system with my daughter's hair dryer and was wondering if a heat gun is faster. I spent around 15 minutes on every end heat shrink. Is this normal ? Will I speed the process up with a heat gun ?
Any recommendations ? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:10 pm 
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im so sorry for you man, a heat gun will make this 100x faster


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:20 pm 
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Any heat gun or is there one that is above the crowd ?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:28 pm 
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Use a lighter?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:44 pm 
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Too risky.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:57 pm 
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Sry i'm so ignorant, but what does "sleeving a system" mean?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:08 pm 
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zippzom wrote:
Sry i'm so ignorant, but what does "sleeving a system" mean?


You put wires in a plastic sleeve, and you heat it, and it shrinks.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:17 pm 
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Oh, sounds good


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:44 pm 
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Audiogabby wrote:
Too risky.


Use a "jet" type lighter, almost like a mini torch.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:16 pm 
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drainbread wrote:
Audiogabby wrote:
Too risky.


Use a "jet" type lighter, almost like a mini torch.


He means a butane cigar lighter.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:00 am 
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http://www.ronsoncorp.com/jetlite.htm

You can get these at Wally world for $3 and the butane to refill it is about the same price too. I would bet you could refill that lighter 20 times or more. I have been using that lighter for a while now. Amazing how awesome it is for how cheap they are.

This is also a good choice:

http://www.ronsoncorp.com/techtorch_auto.htm


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:32 am 
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CrashTECH wrote:
http://www.ronsoncorp.com/jetlite.htm

You can get these at Wally world for $3 and the butane to refill it is about the same price too. I would bet you could refill that lighter 20 times or more. I have been using that lighter for a while now. Amazing how awesome it is for how cheap they are.

This is also a good choice:

http://www.ronsoncorp.com/techtorch_auto.htm


I've had a butane torch/cigar lighter for about 8 years and I'm still able to refill it and use it; you just need to take care of it.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:40 am 
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I was just saying that for the butane fuel you could get that many refills. I haven't been counting though so I don't really know.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:16 am 
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CrashTECH wrote:
I was just saying that for the butane fuel you could get that many refills. I haven't been counting though so I don't really know.


Ah, I wasn't aware that you were referring to the refill tank.

Depending on how many grams he buys, he could potentially get 30 refills.

My 78g refill canister has been going strong for a few years now.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:03 pm 
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CrashTECH wrote:
Use a lighter?
Audiogabby wrote:
Too risky.
You don't need to mod any further.

What, the lighter is going to.....what? Shrink plastics? I thought modding was about changing things, risks be damned?

Use a fucking lighter and shrink it. That's why I keep in my BluePoint Solder kit. To risky? Don't put gun powder in the shrink tube and use common sense.

You're not shrinking shit with a hair dryer. It grows small, but not a tight fit. Use a lighter or go outside of the UL label and hold that dryer close. I haven't caught shit on fire by shrinking with a bic. Just have common sense. A Heat Gun is MORE hazardous. You can't aim that crap well if you can't use a lighter.

Mod...Really? HOW TO DO SHIT THAT HAPPENS EVERY DAY. Soldering Irons, Dremels, knives...they all take common sense and are in this forum.

You're using a hair dryer to be a puss, or to piss off a crowd. Pick up a 15-cent lighter and get it done. Damn...this is asking me if you're messing with me or not. Lighters aren't dangerous. I used them as a 5yo because I am a smart person.

(I'm now being a dumbass and holding a lighter 2.185" from my nose to light a Lucky Strike...call the authorities)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:41 pm 
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The big issue with using a hair dryer is that, eventually, you will shrink the plastic (a little bit, perhaps), but in the meantime you're going to heat and possibly melt the wires in the tubing.

With the heat gun, a quick pass over the shrink tubing will shrink it with less heat being put into the wires inside the wrap. If you use it properly, there's less chance of melting the wires in the computer than if you sit there with a hair dryer.

I know this from experience. I gave up on the shrink tubing and just used that spiral stuff to keep cables together.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:24 am 
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A lighter or torch like I linked to will NOT damage anything unless you hold it over it. I mean it doesn't take much heat at all to shrink the tubing.

Hair dryers are not for this task.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:52 pm 
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Ok, i'm going to try the lighter to see how it works. I'll post the results in a few days.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:21 pm 
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I always use a hairdryer takes about 20 sec to heat each shrink i don't see a problem with that,using a lighter can melt the shrink or the wires i would not recommend it.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:34 am 
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killerxx7 wrote:
I always use a hairdryer takes about 20 sec to heat each shrink i don't see a problem with that,using a lighter can melt the shrink or the wires i would not recommend it.
You aren't supposed to hold the lighter there.... if you do, you deserve to have your rig catch on fire. The hair dryer is not the correct tool for the job. Period. It doesn't properly shrink it because it doesn't get it hot enough.


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