File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 420

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 01:12:44 -0300
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Hot Glue Gun Warning

i am glad you are still alive. after years of always trying to find the best
glue gun...i now just buy a cheapo lasts surprising long
enough...and I dont take special care...maybe we have funny electricity here
in Puerto Rico....

On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 12:42 AM, Mathieu René <>wrote:

> 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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