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Posted: November 17, 2004 at 8:09 PM / IP Logged  
Last week one of the project managers ordered some PVC & Kynar heat shrink tubing for us. As our regular supply of polyolefin heat shrink tubing was all gone.
Now I have used almost all types of heat shrink tubing and am not accustomed to the extreme smell and odor this type(s) of heat shrink tubing leaves behind.
I used various heat settings, and all of them give off a extremely bad aszz odor, which I can assure each of you smells like a stink bomb.
So, my Q would be, why the hell would anyone sell, or buy anything that smells so bad???
Based on the smell and the odor, I would have to gather it cant be that healthy for anyone who is around this stuff all day long.
I am the poor soul who has to heat shrink two miles of wiring in the next 2 months.
So you can see why I am annoyed and concerned about this smelly aszz product.
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Posted: November 17, 2004 at 10:30 PM / IP Logged  
I don't use heat shrink I just use some good ole Super33 electric tape, and I've never had a problem with it. It is pretty expensive though..5 bucks a roll.
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Posted: November 29, 2004 at 8:23 PM / IP Logged  
No experience with toxic heat shrink. One related question though, have any of you guys used a heat shrink with hot melt wax inside? It's supposed to stop corrosion in solder joints by creating an air tight seal around solder joints.
If anybody knows where I could find something like this please let me know.   
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Posted: November 29, 2004 at 9:45 PM / IP Logged  

Just a quick question... something that's always bugged me;

How do you guys heat-shrink a connection, if you've stripped an existing wire part way down, and soldered a wire on... Like a "T" connection, if you get my drift..

Do you just tape it, or do you cut the wire to place the heat-shrink over first?.. Or can you get some sort of "magic" heat shrink for this pupose? ha ha ha

Just a thought, as I use tape, but heat-shrink would be better I suppose...

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