# Heat Shrink / Desolder

#### c0de3

Joined May 1, 2009
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Hi all,

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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I bought a super cheap heat gun from Harbor Freight for around \$10 on sale to use for heat shrink. They are very light duty units. It seemed to work OK for heat shrink. I tried using it for desoldering some SMT components from a scrap board, but it took too long, and the heat gun itself overheated and one of the elements broke. I fixed it, but as I mentioned, these weren't made for anything but casual, intermittent use. Better than using a lighter on the heat shrink though.
I have had no such issues with my HF gun. The only issue I have is I cannot concentrate the heat at a specific point. I believe they sell a kit with different shaped nozzles. I've looked for it but was never able to find it. Next time I guess I will just have to ask.

#### mcgyvr

Joined Oct 15, 2009
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They do sell reduction nozzles for typical heat guns that takes it down to a .375" cylinder nozzle.. I still think the hot air rework station is a better solution though.. Like the sgt said even a lighter works for shrink tubing..but its impossible to use a lighter to remove smt parts.

#### c0de3

Joined May 1, 2009
50
Folks,

Thanks for all the ideas/thoughts. I have a HF not too far away, 30 minutes or so, maybe I'll check that out. I can also look on ebay for the rework station. Anyone have experience with any specific unit they liked or disliked?

@spinnaker: just so I'm clear, are you saying you haven't had any gun overheating issues, or that you haven't had any issues using the gun to remove SMT components?

- C

Joined May 15, 2011
30
am i the only one who uses a soldering iron for heatshrink? not the tip mind, the bit you burn your finger on!

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Folks,

@spinnaker: just so I'm clear, are you saying you haven't had any gun overheating issues, or that you haven't had any issues using the gun to remove SMT components?

- C
I have not yet used it for smt but plenty of through hole which I imagine is harder to desolder.

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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am i the only one who uses a soldering iron for heatshrink? not the tip mind, the bit you burn your finger on!
I often use the part where the tip is inserted.

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
23,577
For shrinking heat shrink tubing I use a paint stripper heat gun.

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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For shrinking heat shrink tubing I use a paint stripper heat gun.
I think that is what Wookie and I mean when we suggested the Harbor Freight gun.