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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 3
  • Usefulness: 5
Fiddly but easier than electrical tape! – 3M Black Heat Shrink Tubing - Five Size Pack (0.8/1.5/2.5/3.5/4.5mm) Reviews

posted by wks79 on 03/20/2010 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Pros:
If you're an electrician or love to tinker with electronics, you can't go wrong with this item. Instead of messing around with electrical tape that results in joints that are messy, not well insulated or bandly angled/position, this item readily solves that problem. Cut a short section and slip it over one end of your joint BEFORE joining the ends together. Once joints, slide the shrink tube over the joint and heat gently over a flame (e.g. lighter or candle but don't let it touch the flame). A hairdryer works too at high heat. The tube shrinks holding the joint in place .... it even works at odd angles and corners.
Cons:
Obviously, it won't work with existing joints .... you need to take them apart first to slip the tube over and shrink them in place.
Other:
No packaging for this product. All 5 tubes were bundled together with packing tape but they were not harmed in any way.
Bottomline:
Buy it and save yourself the trouble of messing around with electrical tape that never seems to stick.

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