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Old 03-22-2005, 01:47 AM   #1
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Default Extra use for the heat gun

Sure we all know that the heat tool can be used for embossing, heat & stick, liquid applique, setting ink, polyshrink...

But did you know that it's excellent for shining boots? My husband is in the USAF honor guard at the base we're stationed at and he loves to shine his boots with it. You put the polish all over the boot (pretty thick) let it dry, repeat a couple of times, and then melt the polish with the heat tool so the polish melts into the pores of the leather and makes it shiny. I've never been able to shine boots but it was so easy with the heat too. Oh no, I sound like an infomercial, time for bed.

And the guys I work with are begging me to bring mine in on Friday so they can use it to defrost the refrigerator.
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Old 03-22-2005, 01:58 AM   #2
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I use mine to warm up my toes!!! Then I can stamp longer.
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Old 03-22-2005, 02:06 AM   #3
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babyfactory,
Interesting use of the heat tool. I wonder what made your husband think
to try that idea out, , although it obviously works! I'll have to men-
tion it to my son who is a Marine. He won't be trying it out any time soon,
tho, since he's deployed to Iraq right now. Maybe when he gets back home. He does, however, like to play with my crimper.
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Have you ever tried heating organdy ribbon...it gets al curly. Be careful not to scorch it though or burn a hole through it.
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:24 AM   #5
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My husband uses one to shine his boots, too.
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:32 AM   #6
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My husband uses mine to install his hockey stick blades into the handle!!
He heats up the end of the handle and inserts the new one!!!
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My husband has used it to shine his shoes/boots as well. However, he has found that the shine doesn't last as long for him as a regular good ol' polish. I don't know the last time he's polished though, they don't seem to care when he's flying and he wears the plasitc shoes the once a year he wears blues.
He had to wear blues this past week; he didn't even know if they would fit him or even how to wear it or how to put the ribbons.

It is lot faster to use the embossing gun to polish...so in pinch he says he'll get my gun.

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LOL! I'll have to tell my dh about shining his boots. When I was in the military I used to use a lighter but the heat gun seems like a better idea!
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:42 AM   #9
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I just found a new use for my heat gun..heating up my eyebrow wax, can be ready in seconds..
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My DH uses it when he bottles wine and corks it-he has that wrap that goes around it that needs to be heated to shrink around the opening of teh bottle-loves my heat gun for it!
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Old 03-22-2005, 06:04 AM   #11
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My DH bought a heat gun from somewhere else ( ) for lots more ( ). I told him he should have just bought one from me! He only uses it when he need his boots extra shiney for a short time... he used it a lot in Drill Sergeant school when they were required to shine their boots to a mirror-like gloss... because the boots wouldn't hold that kind of shine anyway, he just used the heat gun. Much faster and easier!
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Old 03-22-2005, 06:26 AM   #12
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I use my heat gun for shrinking plastic around all my items for sale at craft fairs...looks very professional.

Also use it for those plastic storm windows....tightens up the wrinkles so you don't even notice that it is plastic you are looking through!

My stamping space is pretty cold, especially in the winter and that old heat gun just hits the spot!

Both my husband and I use it as electric bellows to start the fire in our wood stove!!!!

Gee this is turning out to be as useful as duct tape!
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my husband uses it for his boots also, apparently he had been trying to describe one to me for awhile and I had no idea what he was talking about, then he saw me embossing something and started freaking out that I had the tool he was talking about!! he never called it a heat gun or anything close, oh well, it cracks me up when he uses my craft supplies himself.
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This is too funny! My husband used the heat gun on a frozen pipe once. He also used my brayer when installing a new bathroom floor.

I keep trying to tell him that when I buy SU it truely is for the whole family to use, not just me! LOL!

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yup, hubby used mine all the time, until he got KIWI polish all over it!!! gave me a great reason to go buy a new one!!! lol
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Gee this is turning out to be as useful as duct tape!

LOL that's what I was thinking!!!! I've used mine to defrost the freezer in my craft room mini fridge and to warm up my toes
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:13 AM   #17
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I have used my heat gun to heat the topping on creme brulee',when I didn't have the appropriate torch, and my dishes were not oven proof to the broil temperature.
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What about using it to unfreeze pipes? Just be careful you don't want it to get too close to anything flammable.
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My son used mine recently to unstick our front storm door. We live in a very windy part of MD and our front door takes the brunt. A few weeks ago it was very, very cold along with wet and windy. Some of the snow/sleet/rain/slush got caught between the storm door and the front door and froze so that the storm door was stuck shut. My son cleverly used my heat gun to melt the ice and open our front door.

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Does it really work on Creme Brulee??? I hate that torch thing you are supposed to use.
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Thanks for sharing! My husband prides himself in shiny boots and hasn't asked to borrow this yet. I'm actually tempted to not suggest it to him. I don't want KIWI on mine either!
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My stamping area is in my basement and all of a sudden my stamp pads weren't working as well as they normally do, they are pretty old (the old style SU pads) and I thought "there is NO way these are all dying at the same time!". Then I realized they probably aren't working well because of the cold. I brought them upstairs (the pads I was using) and popped them in the microwave for only 5 seconds and they worked like a charm! I'll have to try the heat tool though so I'm not constantly running up and down the stairs, though it is great exerciese! Who would have thought so many uses from a heat gun/tool
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My husband is an eletronic engineer. We have our own business, and sometimes he assembles things at home. He uses my heat gun all the time for his heat shrink on cable assemblies. I told him that I would buy him one of his own. He said, "No thanks, I'll just use yours!"
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I recently used mine to soften up old bathtub caulk so I could scrape it out! Worked like a charm.
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That's a really good idea to loosen the caulk. I guess that would mean I'd
actually have to get off this computer & go into the bathroom with my
heat gun, right? My computer is my DR, the farthest room from the bath-
room. HMMMMMMM, maybe tomorrow!

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Oh I forgot that I had used it to soften paint I was scrapping, heating the caulking reminded me! I also use it to remove stickers and labels from my stamp boxes that I am ever condensing and moving around....caution it quickly melts the plastic boxes our SU stamps come in. I use it when I am making stamped candles also, boy I think I should have a spare one of these...just in case the first one konks out on me....I think I would be lost without it!!!
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I have a question. Apparently the heat gun works on military shoes, but how about mine? I would love to understand how this works. I use Kiwi polish on my shoes. Where does the heat gun come in?
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I just used the heat gun to make easter eggs with my kids. The PAAS brand kit came with some plastic sleeves to go around the eggs. The directions said to dip the egg/sleeve into boiling water. I just hit it with the heat gun for a second. It shrinks the plastic sleeve around your egg.

I have also used my heat gun to melt cheese on top of bread for grilled cheese (it wasn't melting FAST ENOUGH for me on the griddle. LOL)

And I have melted carpet with my heat gun too. So, don't emboss on carpet (duh. it was my first stamp project EVER.)

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The family that stamps together (or uses stamping tools) stays together!
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