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Dave
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 4:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

Alix wrote:
Quote:
I find that large diameter heat shrink sleeving which is large enough to
passes over wide parts of my cables does not contract enough to hold the
actaul cable when they are heated heated.

Is it possible in the UK to buy just one or two rolls of heat shrink
TAPE? I mean something similar to regular self-adhesive PVC insulation
tape but which contracts when heated. Does such a thing exist?

My web searches such as this one at Farnell's http://snipurl.com/skla
return heat shrink SLEEVES which is not what I want.

There are at least two shrink capacities in shrink wrap. You must have
come across the version that shrinks (I'm out on a limb here, as I was
not the user of this stuff) by so many percent and there was another
that shrank twice as much. I can't give you any further info, other than
it was used in the aerospace industry.

try this link www.shrinkfit.co.uk/heatshrink.html#poly

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Dave Liquorice
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

On Sat, 01 Jul 2006 12:45:49 +0100, Alix wrote:

Quote:
It's not inside a PC but outside. For example, I have a mic cable
which plugs into the PC. It has a joint which I have made and the
cable gets moved a lot.

I think your best bet is the rubbery type self amalgamating tape. Careful
application will produce a nice variable flexabilty strain relief. On the
common 2 or 3 mm overall dia PC mic cables and even smaller cores getting
the stuff on can be tricky. The problem is the tension, you need to
stretch it to a good twice it's supplied length. You can get away with
making a narrow strip say 1/2" wide and only and 1" or 2 long, stretching
it then applying it. Most tension is required for the initial stretch,
once streched it doesn't fully spring back so doesn't need as much
tension to apply.

This stuff forms a very good seal and lasts donkeys years outside. I've
taken it of N type aerial conections that have been roof top exposed for
Quote:
5 years (may be nearer 10 years) and the connectors inside were as
bright and clean as the day I wrapped 'em up.


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The Natural Philosopher
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

Alix wrote:
Quote:
Alix wrote:
I find that large diameter heat shrink sleeving which is large
enough to passes over wide parts of my cables does not contract
enough to hold the actaul cable when they are heated heated.

Is it possible in the UK to buy just one or two rolls of heat
shrink TAPE? I mean something similar to regular self-adhesive
PVC insulation tape but which contracts when heated. Does such a
thing exist?

My web searches such as this one at Farnell's
http://snipurl.com/skla return heat shrink SLEEVES which is not
what I want.

On 01 Jul 2006, =?UTF-8?B?UGFsaW5kcuKYu21l?=<me9@privacy.net> wrote:
Glue-lined zipper heatshrink tubing. You open up the tubing, lay in
the cables, zip the tubing shut and apply heat. Aftrwards, cut off
the zipper along its length with a craft knife, to leave a round
cable. Handy for all those time when you can't get a tube over the
end (especially in the middle of a cable run, replacing a section
of damaged cable..).

"Zip the tubing shut"? This sounds clever. Do you have a link to
where this product is shown?


The result is a totally water and air-tight cable assembly - as the
glue exudes out of the ends of the tube to make a perfect seal.

Just what I want.


But rather over-kill for inside a PC. Spiral wrap is cheaper and
more flexible - as it allows all the cables to be wrapped together,
with cables exiting from the spiral wrap at intermediate points. It
comes in a range or diameters.


It's not inside a PC but outside. For example, I have a mic cable
which plugs into the PC. It has a joint which I have made and the
cable gets moved a lot. Most of the PVC insulating tape I have seen
starts to open up or even unravel under the repeated flexing. So I
want to seal the insulating tape on the joint or to replace it
entirely with something which canbe sealed and not need any further
attention.

So use heat shrink TUBING.
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Roger Hamlett
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

"Alix" <nospam@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:Xns97F361780FA945D4AM2@127.0.0.1...
Quote:
I find that large diameter heat shrink sleeving which is large enough to
passes over wide parts of my cables does not contract enough to hold the
actaul cable when they are heated heated.

Is it possible in the UK to buy just one or two rolls of heat shrink
TAPE? I mean something similar to regular self-adhesive PVC insulation
tape but which contracts when heated. Does such a thing exist?

My web searches such as this one at Farnell's http://snipurl.com/skla
return heat shrink SLEEVES which is not what I want.
It does exist, but is a specialist product, and some forms may even be

'special order' only. The clear version I have used, had a 'UV' activated
adhesive, and you set the glue, before shrinking the tape. The problem is
that most conventional adhesives, do not provide sufficient sheer strength
to take the force that the shrinkage can produce. RS, do a version as part
number 170-5403, which has a thermal welding property, which can work, but
in all honesty, as a 'sealing' product, self amalgamating tape is better.
Remember that the relative 'stiffness' of the heat shrink tape, makes it
very hard to achieve a reliable lap, without leaving holes.

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Matt
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

On Sun, 02 Jul 2006 00:55:12 +0100, The Natural Philosopher <a@b.c>
wrote:

Quote:
Alix wrote:

It's not inside a PC but outside. For example, I have a mic cable
which plugs into the PC. It has a joint which I have made and the
cable gets moved a lot. Most of the PVC insulating tape I have seen
starts to open up or even unravel under the repeated flexing. So I
want to seal the insulating tape on the joint or to replace it
entirely with something which canbe sealed and not need any further
attention.

So use heat shrink TUBING.

Or if it won't fit over the connectors you could even use heat shrink
TAPE.


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Matt
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

On Sun, 02 Jul 2006 10:36:14 GMT, "Roger Hamlett"
<rogerspamignored@ttelmah.demon.co.uk> wrote:

Quote:
"Alix" <nospam@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:Xns97F361780FA945D4AM2@127.0.0.1...
I find that large diameter heat shrink sleeving which is large enough to
passes over wide parts of my cables does not contract enough to hold the
actaul cable when they are heated heated.

Is it possible in the UK to buy just one or two rolls of heat shrink
TAPE? I mean something similar to regular self-adhesive PVC insulation
tape but which contracts when heated. Does such a thing exist?

My web searches such as this one at Farnell's http://snipurl.com/skla
return heat shrink SLEEVES which is not what I want.

It does exist, but is a specialist product,

Not really that specialist, its been available for at least 15 years
from niche suppliers and around 5 years from mainstream distributors.

Quote:
and some forms may even be
'special order' only. The clear version I have used, had a 'UV' activated
adhesive, and you set the glue, before shrinking the tape. The problem is
that most conventional adhesives, do not provide sufficient sheer strength
to take the force that the shrinkage can produce. RS, do a version as part
number 170-5403,

Really? Despite me posting that exact stock number, its dimensions,
price and shrink temp 28 minutes after the original posting in this
tread you seem to be the only other person on the planet that believes
it even exists. Is news propogation that bad? Are RS really just
taking the piss and listing a line that doesn't exist? Have I really
not been using it for over 10 years?

Roger me senseless Baldrick, I must be going as mad as Dr Dribble.


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Roger Hamlett
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

"Matt" <paint@duluxthesh.aggydog.com> wrote in message
news:m0efa2tej6rvkshpmc0ba5ub1len34llnq@4ax.com...
Quote:
On Sun, 02 Jul 2006 10:36:14 GMT, "Roger Hamlett"
rogerspamignored@ttelmah.demon.co.uk> wrote:

"Alix" <nospam@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:Xns97F361780FA945D4AM2@127.0.0.1...
I find that large diameter heat shrink sleeving which is large enough
to
passes over wide parts of my cables does not contract enough to hold
the
actaul cable when they are heated heated.

Is it possible in the UK to buy just one or two rolls of heat shrink
TAPE? I mean something similar to regular self-adhesive PVC
insulation
tape but which contracts when heated. Does such a thing exist?

My web searches such as this one at Farnell's http://snipurl.com/skla
return heat shrink SLEEVES which is not what I want.

It does exist, but is a specialist product,

Not really that specialist, its been available for at least 15 years
from niche suppliers and around 5 years from mainstream distributors.

and some forms may even be
'special order' only. The clear version I have used, had a 'UV'
activated
adhesive, and you set the glue, before shrinking the tape. The problem
is
that most conventional adhesives, do not provide sufficient sheer
strength
to take the force that the shrinkage can produce. RS, do a version as
part
number 170-5403,

Really? Despite me posting that exact stock number, its dimensions,
price and shrink temp 28 minutes after the original posting in this
tread you seem to be the only other person on the planet that believes
it even exists. Is news propogation that bad? Are RS really just
taking the piss and listing a line that doesn't exist? Have I really
not been using it for over 10 years?

Roger me senseless Baldrick, I must be going as mad as Dr Dribble.
Newsfeeds are by no means instantaneous. I had not seen your reply when I

posted (it has appeared since, so 'yes' propogation _is_ that bad). You
can reckon at times that a posting may take several hours to propogate
round the world, and I have seen emails take over a fortnight (the classic
one is where the email is beaten by the 'snail mail' package it relates
to...). This is why it is particularly important to layout messages, so
that people can see what you are replying to, and not assume that other
people have seen exactly what you have seen (comment to top posters here,
not you!... Smile
If you re-read my reply, you will see that I say the tape, _may_ be
specialist. The RS form, I do not believe to be that good, while the UV
version I have used was only available in large order, from a specialist
supplier. Hence my comment.
The tapes do exist, but RS is one of the few 'end user' suppliers who do a
form in small quantities.

Best Wishes
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nospam
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

Matt <paint@duluxthesh.aggydog.com> wrote:

Quote:
Are RS really just
taking the piss and listing a line that doesn't exist? Have I really
not been using it for over 10 years?

No RS just take the piss with the gawd awful web site.
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Dave Plowman (News)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

In article <damfa218rceg488oeikoo57le0thift87e@4ax.com>,
nospam <nospam@please.invalid> wrote:
Quote:
Are RS really just
taking the piss and listing a line that doesn't exist? Have I really
not been using it for over 10 years?

No RS just take the piss with the gawd awful web site.

They seem to have re-vamped it recently and it's even worse than before on
my browser...

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Andy Hall
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

On Sun, 2 Jul 2006 17:01:26 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote
(in article <4e40325121dave@davenoise.co.uk>):

Quote:
In article <damfa218rceg488oeikoo57le0thift87e@4ax.com>,
nospam <nospam@please.invalid> wrote:
Are RS really just
taking the piss and listing a line that doesn't exist? Have I really
not been using it for over 10 years?

No RS just take the piss with the gawd awful web site.

They seem to have re-vamped it recently and it's even worse than before on
my browser...



Trying to search for things by categories seems very difficult to do.

It used to be possible to find an item using a text search and then to get a
list of items in its group. This is useful when you want something that is
slightly different or where there are several items in a range that you need
to buy to make a solution to do something.

Now both seem difficult to impossible.
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Roger Hamlett
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

"Dave Plowman (News)" <dave@davenoise.co.uk> wrote in message
news:4e40325121dave@davenoise.co.uk...
Quote:
In article <damfa218rceg488oeikoo57le0thift87e@4ax.com>,
nospam <nospam@please.invalid> wrote:
Are RS really just
taking the piss and listing a line that doesn't exist? Have I really
not been using it for over 10 years?

No RS just take the piss with the gawd awful web site.

They seem to have re-vamped it recently and it's even worse than before
on
my browser...
Not only the website. The CD catalogue is just about as bad (worse..). If

you run it off CD, even with a modern drive, you can reckon on five
minutes for some searches. Of the HD, it is 'slightly' better, but not
much. It won't find some items even with the right part number, and then
if you ask for a data sheet, it links you to the website, and asks you to
log in. Do this, and you are still pointing at the item you want the data
sheet for, but on the website. Select it again, now on the website
(already logged in), and it asks you to login again. Only on the third
attempt, do you get to the data sheet. Fairly often at this point, the
'sheet' is the wrong one for the selected product. I think they are trying
hard to discourage people from actually using them.... Sad
The version from a year or so ago, was about 50* better. Only took about
1/10th the time, and would link to the correct data sheet.

Best Wishes
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raden
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:34 am    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

In message <0001HW.C0CDC3B4005CE1BFF0284500@10.0.0.1>, Andy Hall
<andyh@hall.nospam> writes
Quote:
On Sun, 2 Jul 2006 17:01:26 +0100, Dave Plowman (News) wrote
(in article <4e40325121dave@davenoise.co.uk>):

In article <damfa218rceg488oeikoo57le0thift87e@4ax.com>,
nospam <nospam@please.invalid> wrote:
Are RS really just
taking the piss and listing a line that doesn't exist? Have I really
not been using it for over 10 years?

No RS just take the piss with the gawd awful web site.

They seem to have re-vamped it recently and it's even worse than before on
my browser...



Trying to search for things by categories seems very difficult to do.

It used to be possible to find an item using a text search and then to get a
list of items in its group. This is useful when you want something that is
slightly different or where there are several items in a range that you need
to buy to make a solution to do something.

Now both seem difficult to impossible.


But they have a mission statement


c'mon you have to be impressed


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Andy Dingley
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

On Sat, 01 Jul 2006 10:18:50 +0100, Alix <nospam@invalid.com> wrote:

Quote:
I am the OP. The only time I used self-amalgamating tape it was a
squishy thing when it was finished. I would much rather have
something "drier" and less sticky as a final finish.

There are about three different compounds used to make self-amalg tape,
some squishier / more flexible than others. I wouldn't rule it out
immediately.

Thinking about it, I've _never_ seen heatshrink tape - not sure if
there's a technical reason for that.
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marc@buyheatshrink.com
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:34 am    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

Alix:

I carry a 4:1 heat shrink ratio tube with or without adhesive.

http://www.buyheatshrink.com

I have a distributor in the UK if you don't wish to purchase from a US
supplier (where I am).

send me an email if you're interested.

Marc


Alix wrote:
Quote:
I find that large diameter heat shrink sleeving which is large enough to
passes over wide parts of my cables does not contract enough to hold the
actaul cable when they are heated heated.

Is it possible in the UK to buy just one or two rolls of heat shrink
TAPE? I mean something similar to regular self-adhesive PVC insulation
tape but which contracts when heated. Does such a thing exist?

My web searches such as this one at Farnell's http://snipurl.com/skla
return heat shrink SLEEVES which is not what I want.
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Matt
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Joined: 08 May 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: Where get heat shrink tape in UK? Reply with quote

On 20 Jul 2006 18:34:45 -0700, marc@buyheatshrink.com wrote:

Quote:
Alix wrote:
I find that large diameter heat shrink sleeving which is large enough to
passes over wide parts of my cables does not contract enough to hold the
actaul cable when they are heated heated.

Is it possible in the UK to buy just one or two rolls of heat shrink
TAPE? I mean something similar to regular self-adhesive PVC insulation
tape but which contracts when heated. Does such a thing exist?

My web searches such as this one at Farnell's http://snipurl.com/skla
return heat shrink SLEEVES which is not what I want.

Alix:

I carry a 4:1 heat shrink ratio tube with or without adhesive.

http://www.buyheatshrink.com

I have a distributor in the UK if you don't wish to purchase from a US
supplier (where I am).

send me an email if you're interested.

Firstly the requirements of the original poster were quite likely
satisfied by a posting 28 minutes after the original post (as archived
by google) which contained the web address of a local supplier, the
stock code, the price, the length, the width and the temperature
required to shrink heat shrink TAPE. This occurred on Saturday the 1st
of July, by ordering that day the original poster could have taken
delivery of a product precisely meeting their requirements on Monday
3rd July and the job might have been completed 10 minutes later.

Yes that was heat shrink TAPE, not sleeve tube or any round stuff but
linear TAPE, it comes on a roll 20mm wide 50m long and 0.07mm thick,
you wrap it round and then apply heat at around 130 deg C at which
point it shrinks, conforms and adheres to the underlying structure.
http://rswww.com stock code 170-5403 13.15

Secondly top posting is and never has been the usenet convention

Thirdly, well there is no thirdly


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