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Old 02-20-2021, 01:36 PM
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Default Clear vs colored heat shrink

I had been matching heat shrink to the wire (red on red, black on black), but got caught short one weekend when the store was closed and used some clear I had laying around. Liked the novelty of seeing the joint and, I'll admit it, went of a bit of a kick of using it. Aside from making me do a doubletake sometimes about "Did I cover that wire?", it's a small pleasure to see the joints, but a hangar rat stopped by and said clear heat shrink is bad because it will deteriorate faster than colored.


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Old 02-20-2021, 01:53 PM
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I could maybe see the argument if the heat shrink was exposed to UV but since Iím presuming it will be neatly tucked behind a panel Iím going to say the hangar ratís ďwisdomĒ is worth what you paid for it.
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Old 02-20-2021, 05:10 PM
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I have been retired 7+years. During my 30+ years working, we used CLEAR heat shrink almost all the time because it allowed for some inspection of the joint.

Going from memory, heat shrink is all made from the same material. Please ask your friend how leaving a color additive out can make something deteriorate faster.
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Old 02-20-2021, 05:18 PM
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I am using both clear and black and yellow. The black and clear are from a local electronics store. The black seems to be stiffer and i use it when i want some support to the wire. The clear is when I want to inspect the joint. The yellow is from my Dymo label maker. The yellow seems to shrink up more then 2x for some reason.
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:31 PM
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I like white. You can write on it with a fine tip sharpie. When you shrink it you now have a nice label on the wire.
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:11 PM
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Sharpie ink fades away and disappears after a few years.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:33 PM
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Sharpie ink fades away and disappears after a few years.
Not if you cover it with clear heat shrink....
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Old 02-21-2021, 10:35 AM
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Guys and Gals,
For Less than $50 or so one can buy a dymo label maker and the heatshrink tubing from Amazon. Why cheap out. So much easier than hand written labels and are permanent.
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Old 02-21-2021, 12:26 PM
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Guys and Gals,
For Less than $50 or so one can buy a dymo label maker and the heatshrink tubing from Amazon. Why cheap out. So much easier than hand written labels and are permanent.
Can you give a link to such a label maker that prints o heatshrink? The ones I could find that will go down to a reasonable size (1/8") are all way more than $50. I would love to find a less expensive option!
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Old 02-21-2021, 12:42 PM
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Can you give a link to such a label maker that prints o heatshrink? The ones I could find that will go down to a reasonable size (1/8") are all way more than $50. I would love to find a less expensive option!
OK you got me. I bought the Dymo Labelmanager from target (cheaper than amazon at the time) and i am sure it was less than $50. Now I see target has it for $62. Oh well

EDIT: Staples.com has it for $48.99.
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