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« on: December 16, 2012, 08:48:48 PM »
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Hi everyone! a quick question I wanted to ask-
Is it advantageous to use heat shrink to cover soldered wires or better to just tape em up ?
and how do I shrink them- eg heat them over a candle?

I am rather inclined to try out heat shrinks but haven't used them before.Any words of insight/advice guys?
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 08:53:00 PM »
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Well i use normal steelgrip tape.no problem yet.but dont tape them completely and tightly.and u can use the solder itself to wrap the shrink.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 09:00:47 PM »
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The steel grip works fine, except that it is hard to use where the wires bends, it sorts of slips away if you use too little.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 09:08:57 PM »
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heat shrinks are best wen used for joining wires and yeah u have to heat it over a candy  for the tube to shrink otherwise use a hot air gun.But always remeber to pass it over the fame while using candle otherwise the shrink tube will melt
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 09:24:06 PM »
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can we get heat shrinks locally??... i mean electronic markets??
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2012, 09:26:10 PM »
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heat shrink, when i started building my quad i was wondering why do you need heat shrink when you have tape doh.. but then dust sometimes loosen up the tapes (danger) and some other things. So i suggest and recommend to always go with heat shrinks..
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2012, 09:48:33 PM »
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+1 to satyagupta.. even i would recommend to go for heat shrinks on joints

@ sameermaha refer:
http://probots.co.in/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=49&zenid=1674a5e5e685ba48c744fa26f95036d4

these are much cheaper tahn the HK ones.. however i havent tried any from them
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 11:40:17 AM »
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heatshrinks are useful and can be purchased locally (for NCR guys, lajpat rai).
Steelgrips insulation tapes are good for big joints (because the glue needs more surface are to hold tightly). That is why they are successful with electrical joints as opposed to electronic joints.

As a kid, I'd wrap food grade cling film, stick a bit of cellotape on it and use mom's hair dryer to work the magic. They are not durable like heatshrinks but are better than insulation tapes which tend to come off with time. An alternative approach is to use insulation from thick electric wire, strip off the insulation, slide the insulation on your wire, solder and slide back to cover the joint.
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 02:07:24 PM »
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No question. Heat shrink any day!
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2012, 05:09:46 PM »
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excellent feed back! Grin placed orders for heat shrinks today.
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As a kid, I'd wrap food grade cling film, stick a bit of cellotape on it and use mom's hair dryer to work the magic. They are not durable like heatshrinks but are better than insulation tapes which tend to come off with time. An alternative approach is to use insulation from thick electric wire, strip off the insulation, slide the insulation on your wire, solder and slide back to cover the joint.

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