File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 418


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 23:42:13 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Hot Glue Gun Warning


hi all.
I just killed my glue gun.

It was my best glue gun ever, and I don't know when I'll be able to get the 
same model again, as it's not a usual one around here.

The model is Thermogrip 209.
It heats up very fast, the trigger works smoothly, and is comfortable.
The tip is strong and precise.
I had tried it at a customer's place in the USA, and took note of the 
details, so someday I could get one.
It is THAT good.

The tragedy:
What happened is that I leaned it against a surface that already had some 
hot glue on it.
It was left there too long. A particle of hot glue somehow got inside the 
gun, from above where the "pusher" pushes the glue stick inside. It blocked 
the trigger completely. It never gets hot enough over there to ever melt it 
off.

So I tried to scrape it off.  BIG mistake. I must have severed a wire or 
something, because when I plugged it back in, and pressed the trigger, the 
gun shorted out in a blinding flash, I had a slight electric shock, and it 
was a strong enough spike in the house to make my computer restart!
Thank goodness for rubber soles on my shoes!

Needless to say I declared the gun deceased, and I am in mourning (as much 
as you can mourn a sinple tool). I can still use hot glue (I did for years, 
using a candle to melt the sticks), but it won't be fast nor precise. A 
friend of mine just got the same model, so I'll ask him where he got his, 
hopefully they'll have some left. I am not yet willing to get another model 
"in the meantime".

Thankfully, my Halloween costume's last step (hot glueing some mesh inside 
the mask) was finished before the problem occured!

When I get my next hot glue gun, I'll devise a special wooden or metal stand 
that will hold the gun steadily and pointing down, as it was designed to be. 
Sadly, none of the embedded "stands" in hot glue guns I've tried are stable 
enough, and the ones made of wire are easy to lose.






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