I think you have to agree with me when I say that heat guns are not so easy to use .. right?
Well, yes and no, and let me tell you what I mean about that..
Yes, using them for easy tasks is easy, right? By easy tasks I mean using them to heat something up, is not that hard. You have been doing that all your life what can possibly go wrong? Well, that’s what I thought when I first started on thinking to buy one heat gun to fix some stuff on my home.
Oh boy, I was wrong…
As I was alone at home I decided to go and buy one heat gun, I went to the nearest shop in my town and bought a simple one. Pretty much it just turns ON it heats and then once you are done I had to wait a lot of minutes for it to cool down. Pretty basic, no LCD display, no temperature control, nothing.
After I got back home I decided to try it to heat something up. Keep in mind that I had never used heat guns before and I was home alone. I went all over the house to find something to shrink or at least heat up. Once I find it I got really excited and I turned the heat gun ON and waited for it to heat up.
Clearly, that heat gun heated really fast, but I didn’t know that! I left it ON for 10 minutes and still thought to my self that maybe it’s not heated up to its fullest temperature.
So I left it up there flowing air, thankfully no object or anything was near it but…
Once 10 or 15 minutes had been passed, I decided to check out the heat gun temperature. Keep in mind that my heat gun was as simple as possible, there was no option for me to check the temperature, to control it or to be honest there was no option for anything at all. So just like anyone who has never used a heat gun before I decided to check my temperature with .. my hand!
As 15 minutes have been passed since I started the heat gun I pick it up and put my hand somewhere between the heat gun and one object. Unfortunately, my hand was actually cold since I just used cold water to wash something, so at the first second my hand didn’t feel the heat at all.
So I decided to put my hand closer to the heat gun, oh boy .. the burn I felt!
Since then I have made a lot of other mistakes, and a lot of other bad things with heat guns. Another one was when I wanted to shrink a small object, I was actually pretty tired that day and when I’m tired just like everyone else, my mind doesn’t work. So I decided to get the small object and put it on my glass table, and put nothing between the glass table and the object.
So I started the heat gun and let it heat up a little, this time I didn’t put my hand because I had already learned my lesson on the hard way. After 3-4 minutes I got the heat gun and started to direct the air flow at the small object.
Yes, the little object started to shrink but while shrinking the heat gun just heated up more every moment and once it reached a big temperature the little object started to shrink even more and at that very moment I hear something. I stop my heat gun and started to see what caused that noise. I moved the little object and I saw my glass table. Half of the glass was cracked by the heat.
I had to replace my glass table, go to a doctor for my hand and throw a lot of another object I destroyed while using the heat gun. That’s the moment when I decided to create this website.All of this could have been avoided if I just started my computer and made a simple search on google on how to use heat guns in a safe way.
But I have learned the hard way, and you don’t have to! The fact that you are here reading this means two things. You have learned on the bad way and now you decided to check google to see how to use heat guns properly, or you have been smart enough and searched this before using the heat gun.
Now, this post is about why I have started this website and my first bad experiences with the heat gun. But, you can find a lot of helpful tips and trick about heat guns that I have written here by just using the search button.
Of course, since I have used many heat guns I know how a good and bad heat gun looks like and why you need them. I have made a big post on top 10 heat guns I have used and listed the pro’s and con’s of all of them there, you can find the post by clicking here
Also, if you are in a hurry here are a few tips if it’s your first time using heat guns.
Always wear gloves
As we know heat guns can be very dangerous in many ways since flows a lot of heat. Gloves can help you to prevent your skin from burning, especially when you are using changing nozzles on mid-job.
Don’t direct the hot air to your skin.
You have read my story on how I got a big burn from heat gun when I tried to check if the temperature was big enough, the same thing applies here, but not only to your skin, you should never ever direct the hot air flow to someone else since it can cause permanent burns.
There are a lot of more tips that you should follow when using heat guns. Make sure to read my other post here and make sure to keep in mind that heat guns can be very dangerous if you don’t use them in a proper way.