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Old 20-03-17, 02:53 PM
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I have used a hair drier, works well.
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Old 20-03-17, 03:00 PM
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Hold it over an open gas flame on your cooker if you have one, works a treat for me, takes a few seconds to shrink.
A bit tricky when you have all this to do.
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Old 20-03-17, 03:13 PM
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Would be best avoided

Great for cables though.
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Old 20-03-17, 04:05 PM
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Late to the thread, but another vote for a paint stripper/heat gun.

Nothing like the satisfaction of watching the heat shrink reducing in size over a good joint. (Solder not the, err, other type)
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Old 20-03-17, 04:41 PM
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Heat gun here too. Great for getting certain types of sticky labels off LP sleeves too!
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Old 21-03-17, 09:56 AM
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I've always used a gas cigartte lighter, seems to work, but you have to keep it well above the actual flame or it can blacken it.
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Old 21-03-17, 10:02 AM
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Whilst on the heatshrink subject, where is the go to supplier for said product?

Thanks
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Old 21-03-17, 10:14 AM
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Farnell and RS both do a pretty wide selection of sizes, colours, adhesive lined etc.
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Old 21-03-17, 10:54 AM
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Heat gun here too - lots of other uses too, from reshaping RC car bodies to stripping old paint off wood to heat cycling metal bolts or joints that are rusted together. Mine was 10 or 20 quid here in CH from memory 15ish years ago - a really good investment IMO.
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Old 21-03-17, 12:23 PM
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Farnell and RS both do a pretty wide selection of sizes, colours, adhesive lined etc.

Thanks.

I was hoping for an eBay or the suchlike recommendation.
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Old 21-03-17, 12:27 PM
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Thanks.

I was hoping for an eBay or the suchlike recommendation.
O/K I recommend eBay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heatshrink...gAAMXQNOZRCpUm

Think I bought this set last time I needed some.

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Old 21-03-17, 12:52 PM
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I stroke it quickly with the tip of a hot soldering iron. (Ooer missus).
Shrinks immediately and no damage.
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Old 21-03-17, 01:26 PM
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I once was caught shrinking with my soldering iron when i worked on prototype PCBs in my youth. I wasn't immediately dismissed but it was close! Hot air gun is ideal, but a decent hairdryer works ok on the lighter stuff. The MoD used some with a sort of goop inside that formed a waterproof seal and enabled us to create Y joints in looms, and that stuff needed to be heated hot enough to burn your hands quite badly (guess how I found that out) but military pink PTFE cable was pretty much heat proof... but never open flame or s soldering iron bit - (yes both work fine...)!!!
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Old 21-03-17, 01:34 PM
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O/K I recommend eBay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heatshrink...gAAMXQNOZRCpUm

Think I bought this set last time I needed some.

Pete

Thanks.

Not really after a mixed bag of sizes, just after a reliable source.
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Old 22-03-17, 01:25 AM
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One of these:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Job-Site-...=mini+heat+gun

BEST thing ever!
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