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- From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick
on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:30 AM
"I want to see how well heat shrink tubing will shrink over it. The tight ribs you need might not show with heat shrink method." I tried this method. I wrapped some wire around a piece of aluminum tubing and put the heatshrink over it. I heated it until the ribs showed very well, then when cool i pulled the wire out and slipped the hose off the tube. Looks really convincing, biggest issue is trying to get a smooth bend, it really tends to kink; and it is q bit stiff to work with. I also tried it by leaving the wire in and it still wanted to kink. This process is good but has limited uses, straight hoses or those with a very loose bend.
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