Not bad ideas, but heat and glue guns aren't the most convenient
things to use when you're up the tower :-)
On 8/1/08, jimlux <email@example.com> wrote:
> Roger N0VR wrote:
> > I use a similar method but I "pot" the connectors with hot glue as the
> > "middle" layer instead of using the self-vulcanizing (or rubberized) tape. I
> > just thoroughly cover the first layer with hot glue and then once it cools
> > to where it is slightly firm but still pliable, I wrap it with the third
> > layer. The tightening of the top layer as it is applied will effectively
> > squeeze the still soft glue into any voids that you may have missed.
> > Granted, the self-vulcanizing tape might be easier but I had a connector get
> > water in it years ago using the three layer method. That is what prompted me
> > to "pot" them instead.
> > The one thing I didn't do before is turn the first layer "sticky side out".
> > That is a great idea. Although some tape residue isn't all that bad to
> > remove from a connector, your method makes it just that much easier.
> > Roger, N0VR
> They actually make a heat shrink tubing that has an inner layer on it
> that melts at the shrink temperature. You put it over the connector,
> zap it with the heat gun, and the goop squirts out the ends as the
> tubing shrinks.
> There's also a low melting tape (no adhesive) that you wrap around the
> thing to be sealed, putting heat shrink over the combination. Same
> idea.. you heat the assembly, the tape melts, the outer tubing shrinks,
> and you've got a watertight seal.
> I've heard stories about people actually sealing leaks in pipes with
> this stuff, but not actually seen it done.
> Jim, W6RMK
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