Heat Shrink Tubing and Heat Gun?

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  1. Graeme Shiomi

    Graeme Shiomi Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi all,
    Going to be getting some Audioquest Slate cable, and I'd like to use heat shrink the bunch of little wires on the ends to make it look a little more professional (hope that's a good enough explanation). However, I have a question regarding the actual shrinking process. Do I need to get a heat gun, or are there other items that would do the job (i.e. items I might actually have handy)? Also, is there much risk to the actual cable itself during the shrinking process?
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    Graeme
     
  2. Phil A

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    You can use a hair dryer. A gun with an attachment for heat shrink tubing would be a little better.
     
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    Other alternatives- move soldering iron tip close to tubing or use a butane grill lighter to heat it up (keep it moving over the shrink tubing so it doesn't ignite it).
     
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    A good hair dryer should work fine, that's what I use.
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  5. Timmy

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    If you want the real thing; go to a local hobby store and buy a "monokote air gun"; used to shrink material that covers up open framework on a model airplane. They sell for under $25.
    They are very close to the correct temperature of a commercial heat-shrink-tubing air gun.
    I have used 1500w hair drying guns too. It works; but is a little slow; and shrink temperatures are not the same for all HS tubing.
     
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    I bought a gun at Home Depot for about 25 bucks...two settings, 700 and 1000 degrees. Came with some scraping and focusing attachments, but I don't even bother.
    There were others that cost more, but this was cheap, and it gets a LOT hotter than my hair dryer. What I thought was heat-shrunk was really only partially shrunk. The heat gun was worth the minor investment.
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