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Old 10th May 2003, 04:41 AM   #1
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Question modding soldering iron

To make a long story even longer...errrr....short, I had a soldering iron go bad on me and my DIY side took over. I want to convert the iron to a hot air tool. The part of the iron that went bad was the heating core. I got some more nichrome wire but it's obvious that wrapping a non-insulated wire around a metal tube is going to defeat the purpose of the winding. My question is: is there any kind of plastic or other material anyone can suggest to help me insulate the winding from the metal? I think the origional winding was protected by some kind of ceramic, which would be tricky to work with.
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The original winding most likely used mica. It also [probably] glowed orange hot in operation, about 1500F.
I suggest a ceramic tube. No idea where you'd get that, but maybe the usual big places (McMaster etc.) has something...

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Wow, that site had exactly what i was looking for, plus a whole ton of stuff i could have used for other projects. Are there anymore "usual big places" like McMaster around? Thanks.
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