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Unread postAuthor: FeLeX » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:32 pm

Where did you get your hair dryer at? Iraq?!
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Unread postAuthor: Jared Haehnel » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:35 pm

Its called a heat gun and its sold at a lot of hardware stores or even hobby shops sometimes have it. It gets a lot hotter then your average hair dryer. Enough to catch wood on fire....
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Unread postAuthor: scottcrete » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:53 pm

you can buy a cheap heat gun for a ridiculously low amount of money

this one is 14.99

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N7YG78?smid=A2OG8D2NH4UBIN&tag=yahoo-tools-mp-20&linkCode=asn
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Unread postAuthor: FeLeX » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:55 pm

No this guy was saying he melted soda can with a hair dryer...
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Unread postAuthor: Flash » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:39 pm

I think those are called blow torches. :wink:

I've never flattened PVC before, but I'd be careful if you were heating in a way besides boiling. PVC releases toxic fumes when burned, so wear a gas mask if you're using a heat gun or extreme hair dryer. I would assume that boiling PVC is the safest route to take since its pretty hard to burn anything in water.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:44 am

@ Flash
A blow torch uses fire. Its an open flame wich heats.
These hobby-heaters are just electrical hairdryers that heat up to 600C
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:15 am

an electric oven works for the short stuff.
Heats it evenly.
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