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How Often do you use heat shrink? Answered

Just curious, I find that I use a lot of heat shrink when wiring. Its just so handy, I used to get through a lot of electric tape but heat shrink it easy & simple.

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gmoon (author)2008-01-08

Pretty often, it's great stuff.

If you can find a decent parts supplier, it's sooo much less expensive than RadShak. Like $1.50 for 3 feet....

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its a lion (author)gmoon2008-01-14

Or in my case, $0.00 for as much as I want (at least until my dad's boss finds out).

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bedbugg2 (author)2008-01-14

well...i havent wired in a looooong time...or since my case of electronics god thrown out by a parent :'( ive used heat shrink i think once for when i was fixing a battery for my car

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teaaddict314 (author)2008-01-08

anytime i have loose wires i use heat shrink....hell sometimes i use it to attatch the leads off a LED or something to the lead off a transistor or resistor...good alternative to soldering actually

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Goodhart (author)teaaddict3142008-01-08

If energy transfer is critical, soldering would still be the best way to go :-)

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teaaddict314 (author)Goodhart2008-01-08

i usually rap the leads with a bit of stripped copper wire just to make sure theres a conection. i know soldering is better but when your out of solder or cant find ur soldering gun or ur just to plain lazy or on the go my way works lol..

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Goodhart (author)teaaddict3142008-01-08

Oh I know, I have taken "stand wire" and "braided" two of them together for a contact already. Works as long as there is no vibrations to shake it loose (not good for automobile circuits, I found out the hard way).

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ledzep567 (author)2008-01-08

lol, what do you use to melt heatshrink?a lighter? (clearly, i dont use it lol)

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-01-08

i use it wehenever making a visable project, otherwise I use electrical tape so that if I made a mistake I can just unwrap it.

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Brennn10 (author)2008-01-08

I just used a heat shrink for the first time the other day. Worked pretty well. Looks like I will be using them more often in some upcoming projects I might make.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2008-01-08

A lot, Even other than wiring, I shrink a piece around the collet of my dremel in case I slip and it contacts a work piece, prevents scratches.

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zachninme (author)2008-01-08

Personally, I don't... I know I should... but I either tape, hot-glue, a combination of both, or just hope for the best ;P

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