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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Aug Wed 17, 2016 8:15 pm 
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Fix the end of your shoe laces with some shrink tube!!

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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Aug Wed 17, 2016 9:29 pm 
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I once gave some 2" heatshrink to a volunteer fireman, who used it to cover the handle of his axe.


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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Dec Fri 30, 2016 3:04 am 
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I use shrink tubing to extend two or more spray can 'straws' for contact cleaner or lube on those particularly hard to reach controls. I will often angle the last 1/8" of the straw for extra versatility in getting it where you want to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Dec Fri 30, 2016 3:20 am 
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It's also good for extending the pickup tubes on pump dispensers.

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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Apr Wed 12, 2017 8:51 pm 
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I've equipped a cheap dental inspection mirror with heat shrink tubing so I can feel a bit safer using it around live circuits. (nothing higher voltage or power than receiving tube circuits!)


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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Apr Wed 12, 2017 11:24 pm 
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It makes a great resurface for dried out and slippery drive wheels in radios, phonographs, etc., or shrinking several increasing sizes over a shaft can make your own entire replacement "tire" for tuning drives or other drive related homebrew projects.
It's tough, smooth, and has very good traction.


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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Apr Mon 17, 2017 9:28 pm 
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It works for extending/isolating variable caps and volume controls.
Not strong enough, double up.


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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Apr Sat 22, 2017 3:27 am 
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And to add yet another use:

A thin band is great for color coding wires.

I have all 10 EIA colors for coding cables.(And internet & house wiring).

Good for figuring out which wire went where on the Military Cannon type conn. (For those who are not familiar- The conn. have the pins numbered, Sure makes it EZ for replacing the pins into a new housing, even if it takes a bit longer. No crossed wires.)

Works great for spark plug wires too.

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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Apr Mon 24, 2017 5:56 pm 
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Hello Frank
yep I do that a lot color coding wires


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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Apr Mon 24, 2017 6:52 pm 
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I HATE! to see vinyl insulated wire in 1920s & 30s radios.
Last year I restored a 1924 Eaglet Neutrodyne loaded with black rubber covered wire. This set was probably the filthiest set I've ever had to clean. The wire had to come off. There was very little of the rubber insulation that had broken off but it could not withstand any room temperature flexing at all. I used my trusty Makita adjustable heat gun to gently warm the wire as I pulled it straight. Then I could slip on this thin wall shrink tubing. It worked out near perfect to mimic the original dull coloration of black rubber. The rubber insulation shrinks so that adding this thin wall tubing only overshoots the probable original o.d. by maybe less than 0.010".

GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.... :)

Robert


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 Post subject: Re: Esoteric uses for shrink tubing
PostPosted: Apr Mon 24, 2017 8:20 pm 
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We used to label cables by identifying them and covering the ID with clear heatshrink.
Jim


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