8 Best Uses for a Variable Temperature Heat Gun

A variable temperature heat gun is one of those tools that many people do not think that they have much of a use for. A heat gun has a lot of different uses for many different applications around the home. A do it yourself home owner will want to have a variable temperature heat gun as a part of their home maintenance toolbox. Here are a few of the different uses for your heat gun.

1 - Shrink Wrapping

Because of the higher temperature of a heat gun, shrink wrapping gifts, and products for sale, is a very easy process. The heat gun can do this task much faster, and with a better seal, than a hair dryer. 

2 - Desoldering

There are times when after you solder two pieces of copper piping together you will need to take it apart. Use your heat gun to heat up the solder again and disconnect the two pipes. Desoldering is also something that many people who work on electronic components need to do. This is made easier with a heat gun in use.

3 - Drying Paint

Usually you want to let the paint dry naturally at its own rate. However, when you have to do more work to the freshly painted wall, you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying process. Simply wave the gun over the painted wall and it will save a lot of time that you can use to do other projects. 

4 - Paint Stripping

Probably the most common use of a variable temperature heat gun is to aid in the removal of paint. If you have some antique pieces and want to strip off the paint without damaging the wood, the heat gun is much better than harmful solvents and removing compounds. 

5 - Weld Plastic

Using the heat gun at a high temperature setting, you can successfully weld plastic pieces together. While this is mostly used by people who do a lot of modeling, you can use this for some home improvements. With a special nozzle attachment, and plastic welding rods, you can weld together PVC pipe, or floor tiles. 

6 - Soften Adhesives

Adhesives that are on the back of things like bumper stickers and wallpaper are hard to take off. Removing these items is much easier with the aid of a heat gun. Using a medium temperature setting, the heat will soften the adhesives so these things can be removed much easier with damaging the surface underneath. 

7 - Thaw Frozen Pipes

Most people will run to get the hair dryer, but using a heat gun will help to heat up more of the pipe so that you can thaw out frozen pipes much faster. Use a lower setting at first to condition the pipes and then turn it up a little if you need to. Of course, using the heat gun on PVC, or other plastic pipes will not work.

8 - PVC Pipe Bending

Working with PVC is more common than copper pipes. They are easier to work with and do not require any soldering. However, you can also use PVC for other types of projects. Some of these projects may require that you bend the pipes a little to make them work. A variable temperature heat gun, set on a high setting, will heat the PVC enough so you can bend it.