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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Welding With A Flat Iron

I saw a video a while back of someone welding a loop in a line with a ladies flat iron/hair straightener. Anybody have any luck with this, does it work? Any info or video would be much appreciated.

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hey leo ,
i've used both a heat gun and a hair straightener . i think , based on my personal experience , that a flat iron works better . haven't done it in a while , but i seem to recall i used it on high setting . pretty sure you can google it to be sure of the setting . i think something from this site comes up if i remember correctly . i just kinda do 2 "sides" and check visually every few seconds .
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I used to use hot air gun for welding, but had problem restricting where the heat is applied. Bought a cheap hair straightener with temperature control and it works much better for me.
I set it to about 170/80 degC for Airflo lines.

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Flat iron is definitely the way to go- much more control.
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are you pressing the weld to one side of the straightener or using it 2 sided like a sandwich press?
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are you pressing the weld to one side of the straightener or using it 2 sided like a sandwich press?
Like a darting sandwich press? Pinch the weld between the heated paddles for moment, release and give a quarter turn, repeat, repeat, trying to heat all the way around evenly. Checking the joined area, which should go from two lines, to a seam, to bonded as one line, then roll on the cool counter top.

I usually start at one end, get that welded in the round, then move to the next section. Usually two paddle widths covers the length of the weld.
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If the length of the weld is longer than the paddle width, lay the line across the paddle at an angle with the lines to be welded against the paddles. Clamp down for a few seconds. When welding thin line loops to thicker line, usually one shot is enough to shrink the shrink tubing all the way around & get a good weld. Roll on a flat surface as suggested. I usually extend the weld a little beyond the fat line to weld the thin line(s) together. If the welded loop becomes too small, work the pointed end of a pencil into it to open it up.

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Wow, that was some slick. I found it much easier than using a heat gun.
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Double wow. My first experience with this was with an Airflo type plastic. (I know I should commit to memory the names and spelling of the two types of plastics) I just had the occasion to weld a loop in a non Airflo type of line and I'm even more impressed. Very slick.
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Should one use the heat shrink tubing with this method as opposed to the heat gun?

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I use heat shrink tubing with the hair/flat iron. Zero issues. Highly recommended.

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Can anyone recommend a model/source for a good flatiron?
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I just used the one my wife has. I wouldn't spend a lot on one and yes you still use the heat shrink tubing.

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Whatever is cheapest and Prime on Amazon. Preferably ceramic. Get some tubing while you're on there I guess.
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They are hard to find in “manly” colors! I think mine might be described as “lavender”.

But even most or the cheaper ones seem to have a digital thermostat which is very useful when you find your preferred setting for a given material.
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