Masters, Pros, Amateurs, and Hobbies . . . your attention please!! If you
are looking for a Wax Gun my I take this opportunity to suggest the SDJ Wax
Gun! Allow me to expound it's features and advise as to its options to
include a little of the research that surrounds the superb tool...
Some of you may know the gentlemen involved with the development of this
gun; Stephen, of the notoriously, helpful 'Orchid Forum' was the concepts
and initial designer, Dave, also associated with the forum was the principle
engineer and parts authority, and certainly one of the more infamous
contributors, Jim, also of the forum..... 'Hey, I'm talking here', . . .
have to have a little credit!!!, deserved or not!, who provided the
financing as well as proto-type control/assembly and final manufacture(Dis
guy is really OK!), Assembly Documentation by Dave and Jim.
The best feature of this wax gun is as follows;
-- Gesswein and Rio Grande Cost . . . $124.95
-- the SDJ Wax Gun(with a little 'sweat equity' . . 16.97
THE DIFFERENCE PAYS FOR A LOT OF INTERNET TIME!!
Prior to providing parts, cost, wiring consider the following
features available which are not currently available with other guns('SDJ'
will always out preform the rest!).
The currently model(below) is equipped with the 'click on/off' switch.
Rotation of this switch allows more heat to be the gun. An optional
switch, the 'Push on/off' switch can be provided with an additional feature
of a signal light when the gun is on. This feature will cost an additional
$2.00 depending on location.
Gun size and features
Several guns are available;
Large gun with interchangeable nozzles. Priced at about $12.00.
low Heat gun . . price/size the same as the gun suggested.. not
recommended(. . . regulating the heat anyway).
For the bench jeweler who insist that his/her bench tools, equipment
maintain that certain DECORATOR, or who has everything, SDJ offers the
Sport Model . . The sports model comes with a Cobalt Blue base, White top
and switch, Gray electorial cord with white gun ... Model is generality
available in most hardware stores.
Decorator Model . . The Decorator model comes with black base, top, White
switch, and black electorial cord with HOT Pink gun ... most stores.
Macho Model . . The Macho Model comes with black base, Wood Grain top, Cream
switch, with Black electorial cord with black gun.
Materials from; Walmart(indicated by '&' ), and Home Depot(indicated by '#')
A two-gang, electrical outlet box.
Metal/Plastic. # 1.74
A Plastic/metal duplex outlet cover
(to cover the two-gang outlet box WHICH
CONTAINS the dimmer switch, and duplex outlet).# .42
A duplex outlet (get the grounded type).# .81
- A dimmer switch (Rated at 600 watts minimum).# 3.54
- A heavy duty extension cord (get one with a ground
wire) ... The length should respect the location
where the gun will sit relative to the distance
to the electrical outlet. # 2.00
- A solderless electrical wire connector(screw on).
(got 15 in a box)# 1.99
- Electrical tape (as required). # 2.00
- Wax Gun & 3.97
TOTAL............... TOTAL ................ TOTAL .............. 16.47
Be very careful doing electrical work. Insure all screws are tightened, no
wires are left exposed (ground wire possible exception) and all dimmer
wiring instructions are followed. Check your work TWICE before connecting
the finished device to an outlet. A wiring error could result in destruction of
PLASTIC . . Cut out CENTER, 'Knockout' at the bottom of the box.
OR If a plug, cut the plug loose at the bottom, bend up,DO NOT REMOVE
OR CUT LOOSE COMPLETELY if plug is to be used to hold the line wire
Some boxes are design to use the plug to hold the line in place.
Insert the LINE CORD(larger than extension cord . . about 14
gauge)through the hole created in step 1. Press the plastic, tab cut
loose in step 1, back against the line cord(If your box had a tab)
Separate the wires in the line cord so there is aprox. 3 inches
of each wire, in its own latex sheath, available. Insure that none of
the conductors are exposed. The ground wire(green) may be exposed.
Strip each wire a little less than 1/2 inch until the bare wire is exposed
TWIST THE STRANDED WIRES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL WIRE TOGETHER.
Attach 1 DIMMER SWITCH wire to one of the LINE CORD wires(not the small
ground,usually green, wire) using the solderless wire connector(screw on).
Attach the 2nd DIMMER SWITCH wire to the side screw, by the top outlet
with the short and narrow plug slot.
Attach the 2nd LINE CORD wire to the side screw by the bottom outlet
with the short or narrow plug slot(NOT THE GREEN COLORED SCREW).
Attach the SMALL Ground, USUALLY GREEN, wire to the GREEN SCREW by the
SCREW SUGGESTED IN STEP 7 ABOVE.
Place both dimmer and outlet in the box and screw in place .. DO NOT
TIGHTEN AT THIS TIME!!! .... JUST 'SNUG' THE SCREWS IN PLACE.
Place the Outlet Top on the outlet box and review for screw hole
Adjust dimmer and outlet on outlet box until the outlet top and
dimmer AND outlet holes match THOSE OF the outlet box holes... tighten
dimmer and outlet screws.
Install outlet box top.
Install dimmer switch nob as required.
- Ensure the dimmer switch is set to the OFF position.(PUSH ON/OFF CAN BE
TRICKY HERE). . . . WARE YOUR SAFETY GLASSES!!! I know you have them!!
- Connect the device to an ELECTRICAL outlet.
- Set the dimmer switch to the ON position.
- Vary the dimmer control through its full range, full off to full on and
- Set the dimmer switch to OFF.
- Connect a lamp containing an incandescent bulb to the device. Verify
the bulb is good and the lamp is turned on before connecting it.
- Set the dimmer switch ON.
- Vary the dimmer control through its full range, full off to full on to full
off while observing the lamp. The lamp should go from dim or off to full
brilliance to dim or full off.
- If the lamp functions as expected, set the dimmer switch OFF, disconnect
the lamp and return it to its proper location. Your voltage control works.
If the lamp doesn't function as expected correct the problem.
(Now, on to the plating pen!