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#1

Hey Gang,

FWIW

The heating element body & nozzle are a single casting in the mini (4") gun,
can’t speak about the mid size, haven’t seen one out off the package. The
heating element castings in both the mini & full size gun are made of pot metal,
not solderable by most solders. The solder needs to have a melting point above
400F.

Probably the best tip retainer solution will be mechanical. I’ll be drilling
some holes in the mini I’ve got to determine wall thickness etc.

Let’s take a poll, what size guns does everybody have? I’ll keep score. Then
I’ll concentrate on coming up with a fix based on popularity.

Jim indicated he found a source of plastic pastry tips, My experience with the
household gadget type plastic is that generally it won’t stand up to more than
400F. It’s generally not dimesionally stable above 300F.

Later

Dave A


#2

At 10:53 PM 11/11/96 EST, you wrote:

Hey Gang,

FWIW

The heating element body & nozzle are a single casting in the mini (4") gun,
can’t speak about the mid size, haven’t seen one out off the package. The
heating element castings in both the mini & full size gun are made of pot
metal,
not solderable by most solders. The solder needs to have a melting point above
400F.

Probably the best tip retainer solution will be mechanical. I’ll be drilling
some holes in the mini I’ve got to determine wall thickness etc.

Let’s take a poll, what size guns does everybody have? I’ll keep score. Then
I’ll concentrate on coming up with a fix based on popularity.

Jim indicated he found a source of plastic pastry tips, My experience with the
household gadget type plastic is that generally it won’t stand up to more than
400F. It’s generally not dimesionally stable above 300F.

Later

Dave A

Dave A,

I used hi-temp plumbing solder without a problem but am now expecting the
connection to come unglued any time, based on what I know. I have the big
gun; I am also using the top brand of tips, which are stainless and not the
plated brass. I, too, indicated to Jim that I wasn’t certain the plastic
tips would withstand high temps and haven’t tried them myself.

Looking forward to the next installment; I’m going to try your other
retainer this week now that things have calmed down a bit (until this
weekend, that is…)

Susan

C Gems
Original Designs and Period Jewelry
cgems@pipeline.com


#3

Dave,

I’ll try it … and advise… just haven’t had time…However, the
tip(plastic) would be well insulated … it is about a 1/2 - 5/8" around…
NOT SURE IT WILL STAY WITH THE ‘POXY’ WHICH HANDLES 2/300 DEGREES … I
have located the same brass fitting that Susan C has for the large gun… it
is 1/4" furrled with 1/2" at the business end which is the size required to
screw the pastry tip retainer onto… again need time to see if I can solder
this to the SMALL GUN tip??? … not sure what material is … anyone really
know what the nozzles of the small gun are made of…???

FOR sure!!! the end OF THE SAMLL GUN WILL NOT STICK OUT AFTER THE FITTING
IS APPLIED AS DOES SUSAN’S…THEREFORE WILL NEED 2 GUNS ANYWAY…

ON SIZE…
TO make the samll do’dads… I assume a small gun is better… that’s why I
continue to muck with IT!!!

Jim

At 10:53 PM 11/11/96 EST, you wrote:

Hey Gang,

FWIW

The heating element body & nozzle are a single casting in the mini (4") gun,
can’t speak about the mid size, haven’t seen one out off the package. The
heating element castings in both the mini & full size gun are made of pot
metal,