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Friday, January 10, 2014

Torch for Shrinking Shrink Sleeves?

What Kind of Torch Should I Use When Installing Shrink Sleeves?

Propane Torch
A JS-2601 Torch Kit
         Question:  Does it matter what kind of torch you use to install our shrink sleeves?

     Answer:  Does it matter if you use a philips or a flathead screwdriver?  Does it matter if you use wood nails or masonry nails?  Does it matter if you use a chainsaw or a skill saw?  Of course it does.  No matter what project you are working must have the right tool for the job!   The right tool for installing heat shrink sleeves on pipelines is the JS-2601 Torch. 

     I've seen it time and again:  men in the field trying to install our shrink sleeves with a welding torch; with a rosebud; with a torch that can practically double as the engine on the Space Shuttle Colombia.  It really is crazy; because those types of torches will not shrink the sleeve properly!

     The JS-2601 Torch Kit includes a torch head, a pilot light, a thirty foot hose, an adjustment know AND a regulator.  You simply supply the propane tank and you'll have everything else you need right there. 

     I know, I've got a 12 year old weed burner out in your shop...and those cobwebs will come right off after you fire that torch up.  Sure, the hose is a little bit cracked....but it will hold for awhile.  Your torch also probably operates at whatever the bottle pressure is...that is not good. 

     You're working on a multi-million dollar pipeline.  Somebody spent tens of thousands of dollars paying for that pipeline to be coated in a factory.  Somebody spent thousands of dollars buying shrink sleeve to coat the field joints.  Please, please spend the couple hundred dollars to buy a torch that is designed to install these sleeves (and please spend the TENS of dollars to buy a silicone roller which is used as the final step during the installation process).  It doesn't make any sense to use a ratty old torch for installing shrink sleeves...there is just too much that can go wrong - and coating mistakes are incredibly, incredibly expensive.

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