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Looking for a cheap heat gun for heat shrink in some upcoming mods. (I'm trying to avoid using a lighter).

I don't want to spend a fortune... been searching all afternoon and the cheapest I've so far is $39.99:

http://www.action-electronics.com/heatguns.htm

Anyone know of a cheaper reputable source? Or a different way to take care of heat shrink?
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post #2 of 14
What about a blow dryer? They get pretty warm around the tip.

The lighter method works fine though!
    
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What about a blow dryer? They get pretty warm around the tip.

The lighter method works fine though!
Eh... I tried a blow drier last time, and I couldn't get it to totally shrink, it just doesn't get hot enough.

As for the lighter... aside from burning myself and the cables multiple times, it melted parts of the heat shrink and made it crinkle in spots.

I'm looking for a nice clean shrinked look I guess.
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Eh... I tried a blow drier last time, and I couldn't get it to totally shrink, it just doesn't get hot enough.

As for the lighter... aside from burning myself and the cables multiple times, it melted parts of the heat shrink and made it crinkle in spots.

I'm looking for a nice clean shrinked look I guess.
How close was the flame? Don't hold it so darn close! Hold it a bit away from the tip of the flame and just be patient. Dont stick it right on there!
    
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^^ That could help a bit...

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How close was the flame? Don't hold it so darn close! Hold it a bit away from the tip of the flame and just be patient. Dont stick it right on there!

lol, no it wasn't extremely close... probably about 3 inches away or so. The plastic didn't shrink uniformly though that was the real problem. And I burned myself on the hot metal part of the lighter (bic).
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post #7 of 14
Did you rotate the wire(s) as you went along? Just give even eat for each portion. A heat gun is a good alternative, and will most likely give better results but it's gonna cost you man. And the lighter doesnt really look THAT bad
    
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post #8 of 14
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Did you rotate the wire(s) as you went along? Just give even eat for each portion. A heat gun is a good alternative, and will most likely give better results but it's gonna cost you man. And the lighter doesnt really look THAT bad

Yeah... I did the whole nine yards last time, etc. etc.. everything. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to these things.

I've always heard a heat gun will save time & band-aides and look better too, but I've never used one. Anyone have any experience with one? Are they worth the money?
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post #9 of 14
To be honest, no. Haha, I've used them in shop class, and they heat up pretty damn hot. I'd stick to just a hair dryer because my philosophy is high heat and electronics don't really love each other, yanno.
    
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Are you planning on cooking your PC?
    
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