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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Wed May 31, 2006 8:53 pm

What's the easiest way to melt wax? I have a microwave and a lighter, not much. Can I use the microwave with PVC? I'm gonna see how strong it is as a piston or for use as ammo/sabots.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudStuff » Wed May 31, 2006 8:56 pm

the lighter is the best option then. there is no water in the wax so the microwave is the best choice
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Wed May 31, 2006 9:11 pm

So either one will work? I need a way to seal 1.5" pipe without an endcap.
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Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Wed May 31, 2006 9:58 pm

too soft to hold anything
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all you really need to do is burn a candle in a pipe with a cap, put the candle sideways so was drips in, after that, remove the cap

even better, if you have a cloth iron, use it, not too hot and not to cold
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Unread postAuthor: HAYLO_Stealer » Wed May 31, 2006 10:00 pm

USE A TEST CAP
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Wed May 31, 2006 11:39 pm

They make plug things that slide into the end of the pipe.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:15 am

You can go to auto parts store and get universal freeze plugs that will hold tighter then heck.
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Unread postAuthor: sgort87 » Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:44 am

Double-boil it on the stove in your kitchen.
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Unread postAuthor: FiveseveN » Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:30 am

I bought some paraffin to wax my guitar. 3$ for 1 liter. It comes dissolved so it's really easy to pour in molds. Just wait for the solvent to evaporate (heating helps) and you've got your wax bullet. Melting point around 50°C, so you could also melt it easily. The solvent (white spirit) REALLY stinks, so use it outdoors.
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Unread postAuthor: plumpthumb » Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:01 pm

sgort87 is right-use a double boiler. If you just put it in a pan on the stove you could end up with a flash fire and singe your hair-or worse. Put it in the microwave and you may have the inside of your oven wax coated when it suddenly erupts. Play it safe and do it right.
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Unread postAuthor: djt » Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:46 pm

you can use a hot plate outside or i have seen like coffe mug warmers that will work that my teacher uses to melt a candle and let off a scent. she cant have an open flame in the class for some reason.
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:37 pm

Sounds like the easiest way is too let the candle burn itself. Double-boiling sounds like another good option. I still need a way to plug the pipe tih out an endcap, possibly sarand wrap?

P.S. Would wax make a seal against pipe on its own?
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:05 pm

use wax paper. that worked good for me.
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:02 pm

I might have some cookie sheets, I think they're wax, no idea. I'll check my kitchen for stuff later.
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Unread postAuthor: sgort87 » Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:58 pm

Things used to cook upon are not ever made from wax. Otherwise it would uhh, melt.
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