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Old 18th June 2009, 09:09 PM   #1
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Default How do you shrink heatshrink?

Without owning a hot-air gun ..

Seriously guys and gals, what do you use?

Soldering iron and a simple lighter work fine for me, but i wondered if anyone has some other exotic or exciting method of doing that
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Old 18th June 2009, 09:26 PM   #2
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This is what I use for about 90%
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Old 18th June 2009, 09:51 PM   #3
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Cigarette lighter, bought specifically for the job (I don't smoke) for the Princely sum of 1

You are limited to being able to rotate the workpiece with this though, as the lighter flame can only go up. Some blowtorches (like a mini cooks one) can go at all angles, but it seems excessive and likely to damage surrounding parts.
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Old 18th June 2009, 09:56 PM   #4
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Hot air gun. I put some aluminum foil behind the wire to protect the rest of the circuitry and to circulate hot air to the rear of the wire.
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Old 18th June 2009, 10:10 PM   #5
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A hair dryer works nicely and will not melt the insulation like other methods could. Or just hold the section about half an inch above a hot soldering iron.
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Old 18th June 2009, 10:12 PM   #6
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Hair dryer! Although if i touch the GF's tools, there'll be blood and murder....
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Old 19th June 2009, 12:19 AM   #7
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I have a small lightergas driven solder tool
Easy to control and focus the heat area
Can be expencive, but mine was quite cheap
Cant find it right now, but I know its there, somewhere
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Old 19th June 2009, 12:28 AM   #8
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My wife's embossing "heat tool."

It is cheap and fairly compact to get into tight spaces.
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Old 19th June 2009, 07:45 AM   #9
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Weller Pyropen butane powered soldering iron. It's far better than a proper heat gun for working in tight spaces, or where you want to shrink without melting a nearby component or wire jacket.

Somewhat expensive when I got it new, but there must be cheap knockoffs by now. It's been an extremely useful tool for soldering stuff that's too big or distant to fix on the test bench. Like trucks, saw mills, or a home stereo in Linz, Austria.
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Old 19th June 2009, 07:58 AM   #10
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Soldering iron (the barrel portion, not the tip), Hair Dryer and Steam Inhaler.
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