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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:11 pm 
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Hey -

Just a quick question - what "type" of heat gun should one use for applying shrink cable sleeving, etc.?

I realize that there are different varieties of heat gun - stripping paint, etc. I doubt there is a special heat gun for applying shrink, so are there ones that are better for this application? I figure that some, if they got too hot, wouldn't be good.

(Previously, I have tried a hot hair dryer, which only gave me limited success...)


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This is a mid range heat gun that will do most anything you will need. I've use bic lighters in small applications with success in the past, at least this will not leave soot on the shrink tube.

http://cableorganizer.com/heat-guns/#C

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Use a hair dryer... The closer you hold it, the more heat is applied...

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It doesn't take a heavy duty heat gun to shrink that tubing.


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The size of the project will dictate the need of a hair dryer or a higher rated tool. Yes small 1/8" shrink tube will respond to a hair dryer, slowly by comparison to the proper tool. With larger shrink tubing you may find a problem with uniform shrinkage with a hair dryer.

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Some might call it unsafe, but I just use a lighter.

Gets the job done quickly and easily. One swipe of the hand back and forth and it's done. :D

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