POWERTOOL GUIDE #3
With Power Tools common amongst households anyone can D.I.Y themselves with little effort and have great results! Although each tool is uniquely designed to complete a specific task, they can be used for other purposes as well.
See what you can do with today's power tool.
#3 THE HEAT GUN
The heat gun can easily be described as a gun that emits heat, but don't let the name fool you because they are pretty versatile handy tools used for bending, melting plastic to removing paint or solder.
Here's how to use a heat gun:
Always be prepared when using Power Tools and make sure you are fully equipped with the correct safety gear. The Heat Gun can emit temperatures up to a 1000 degrees, so please don't use this to Flambe your Desserts! Make sure to use thick gloves and cover your skin in case of melting hot objects and use a protective face mask to ensure that you don't breath in toxic vapour from plastics and other materials.
The heat gun looks and functions exactly like a hairdryer. The body looks like a big gun with a grip made for one hand and pressure sensitive trigger or switch for the index finger that controls the amount of heat released.
How to Use
Plug the electric cord into a wall socket. With your safety gear equipped, hold the gun firmly in your hand. Switch the gun on and adjust the heat to your required setting (make sure not to cover any ventilation holes in the gun with your other hand). You will hear the gun when it is on as it will begin to emit heat (please stay clear of the nozzle). Point your gun at the target with approximately 7cm distance in-between, hold for a couple of seconds to see how the heat reacts to the target, adjust the heat to the ideal temperature. When finished, release the trigger or flip the switch and place the gun down on a safe surface. Disconnect the power cord and wait for the gun to cool off.
Most heat guns come with a set of nozzles, these nozzles can be used to make the heat gun easier for specific settings.
1. The general nozzle can be used on any surface for any purpose to heat a big area, it will take longer to heat but is very effective.
2. The focused nozzle is attached to the general nozzle. This nozzle decreases the area of heat spread for smaller areas or more focused jobs.
3. The solder attachment has a small scoop attached to the fitting. With the nozzle attached, the scoop is placed under a pipe for adding or removal of solder. The scoop protects the back of the wall from heat as well as to catch any solder that may drip from the pipe.
4. The corner attachment is a wide flat nozzle made to get into corners and remove excess waste. This nozzle also protects any surface from heat damage where there is a tight fit.
Remove paint from wood with ease of having to sand and using chemicals. Simply heat the area and scrape off the excess paint with a metal scraper.
Remove vinyl from floors or walls by simply heating the area. You will notice the vinyl shrinking of the surface in a couple of seconds without tearing or leaving resin behind.
Solder or remove solder from pipes or metal work.
Repair leather surfaces with patches and a heat gun.
Bend plastic or small pipes easy and quickly.
Power Tools are simple and easy to use with the right safety and knowledge!
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