Is there a reason not to use an electric heat gun for solder ring plumbing joints?

I have successfully used my black and decker electric heat gun to melt the solder on solder ring plumbing joints. I only do plumbing jobs occasionally and don't want to buy a propane torch if its not necessary. Is there a reason why I should use a propane torch instead?

Asked By: SJ - 11/28/2009
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Nope. Hot is HOT!
Answered By: Promethius - 11/28/2009
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I never tried that, but if you say it works... great..go for a patent... ... check this video-cartoon...
Answered By: VIPER7 - 11/28/2009
no hot is not hot................go to lowe's. they have small kits for around 15 to 20 bucks.
Answered By: - 11/28/2009
For light duty use, I think this would work. Some heat guns may go to 900 degrees F, which is fine to heat fittings without a large mass, just a little slower than a flame.
Answered By: Delhooters - 11/29/2009
It would be ok unless there is a strong airflow out of the thing. If it is like a super hair dryer it is going to blow the flux and the solder all over the place.
Answered By: pappa Xmas - 11/30/2009
No - perfectly sound way of doing it - and probably marginally safer.
Answered By: Bilbo - 11/30/2009
Hi...I'm a plumber! A heat gun would work i guess, I've never used one for soldering, but if it works then that's good! But when u get into small spaces where u can't get enough heat from the gun, a flame would be way faster and better all around! I use an acetalyne torch and it's way faster than propane and the... More
Answered By: James - 12/1/2009
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