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Shrinkable sleeving- who uses it here?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2005 5:13 am    Post subject: Shrinkable sleeving- who uses it here? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Does anyone here use heat-shrinkable sleeving? If so what's the best size to get for doing everyday wiring between circuit board and pot/ switches etc??
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2005 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I use it all the time.
I've got a box full of it, (I stocked up big time before I left Jaycar)
A bit of heat shrink from the strong part of a tag to about 5mm up the insulation is enough mechanical support to virtually gaurantee against broken connections. That's the most important thing. I rarely use it to insulate anything. 1.5mm is a must have. I use it on PCB posts, small pot tags, phono skts, small toggle switches etc. etc.
The next most used one would be 3mm. I've got some of the bigger ones, but they're rarely used.
Don't fuss about heating it, just use the tip of your soldering iron (it doesn't actually make a mess of it like you might think) It's quick and easy.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I am using it too. Great stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Cheers Andrew, Stein Smile

I carefully placed the question- so other newbies looking at this could purchase it without buying the wrong stuff ans wasting money- clever eh ? Laughing

anyone eles got any nerdy, useful questions ??

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yep I use it too, and now I'll use it more like this
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enough mechanical support to virtually gaurantee against broken connections. That's the most important thing.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hey thanks! I was wondering about that stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

A regular old lighter will also work well to shrink it, or the more professional way of using a heat gun (I keep one around for when I work with plexiglass, to make bends or smooth cut edges).

I've got assortment bags from Electronic Goldmine:
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G179&variation=&aitem=49&mitem=50
Some are larger, like what you'd use to bundle cables or use for your starter motor in your car Smile But most of it is useful, and for $1US, you can't complain!
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