Hot Glue and Freeview!

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  1. BriantheSnail

    BriantheSnail Read Only Funster

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    Hi, All! Just discovered that the previous owner/s of our new MH have hot-glued about 5 metres of BLACK Velcro to the inside of the cab, presumably to hang curtains from. The covering on the cab 'wall' is a kind of grey, fluffy composite stuff, probably just flocked on. Has anyone any brilliant way of getting rid of the hot glue, which by now has set rock hard? I've tried pulling it off, but I'm scared that I'll end up with a 5m bald patch running right round the cab.
    Now my Freeview question; does anyone know where we can find a 12V Freeview box which works? :Smile: The inverter we had which we were going to use turns out to be completely goosed. Boo hoo.
     
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    Sorry cant help with the glue but I got my 12 volt freesat box from Aldi,Lidle also have them from time to time.Mine came in a camping kit with sat and everything else in it,I only used the reciever as I already had the sat dish on the camper.I think it was about £35.If you want a 12volt freeview box thats 12volt that will be a bit more dificult now as most TVs have them built in.I recently bought a small TV from Maplins with built in freesat and it was not expensive,its also 12volt.
     
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    Ebay is your friend.

    Freeview Item No. 220661520864

    Freesat Item No. 310233691947

    Alternatively, you can get a 12v Freesat system inc tuner from Maplins or when on offer ALDI
     
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    You need to reheat the glue using an iron/soldering iron with a large head and try to "soak it up" with something
     
  5. BriantheSnail

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    Bought a really neat Freeview box from ASDA this afternoon, working on the basis that the inverter would work, which it didn't. However ... OH has found that one of our other Freeview boxes in the house has a 12V transformer on it! Thank you all so much! :thumb:
     
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    Sounds like another day of fun ahead!! I'll send photos of before and after, and possibly of me weeping!
     
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    If using a soldering iron, you might want to try some desoldering braid.

    I'd also start while its cold by triming as much of the glue off with a sharp razor or 'Stanley' knife blade so you have to soak up as little as possible.

    Good luck .... You'll need it!:RollEyes:
     
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    Ha ha! You've made me feel so confident!! Doesn't desoldering braid have bits of metal in it to catch the solder, or am I being a complete idiot? * I'm dangerous with a soldering iron (you really don't want to know!), so figured I'd try the hot iron, but have no idea what the flock covering is made of, so could end up with a worse-looking mess than I have now. Had thought of making a charming lace valance, backing it with Velcro and sticking that on. Not! :BigGrin:

    Gut feeling tells me that careful trimming with a seriously sharp blade, as you suggested, might be the best way to go, and won't cause any more mess. Depends how deep into the flock it's gone. Memo to all MH owners: Don't Use Hot Glue!!!

    I'll report back!
     
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    Yes. The idea is you heat the braid, and the solder (or hopefully in this case, the glue) gets absorbed into the free space between the copper strands. You need to 'keep it moving' as it doesn't absorb as much as you initailly think it might.

    Watch your fingers with either hot braid or the blade! The glue is very good at sticking your fingers together. I guess if you were really clever you could cut your fingers with the blade and then glue it back together with the molten glue! :Rofl1:
     
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    Sounds like a whole pile of fun!!!
     
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    I think I would try to find some suitable trim to cover the glue as you will damage what is underneath if you heat it up
     
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    Whoa, whoa, whoa !!!!!

    Try this first before you get the glue hot again.

    I use hot glue every day in my business and need to release the glue after use. I use alchohol (not that type :RollEyes:) in a small spray bottle. The Americans call it denatured alchohol , the nearest easily available thing here is surgical spirit. I use a 94% alchohol supplied by a German friend called Brenn spiritus which has many uses including small camping stoves (meths type). You could use meths, but it stinks.

    Warm the glue slightly with a hair dryer, spray on the alchohol a small section at a time, then try peeling the glue off gently.

    Hope this works.
     
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    hi, i spray flock at work and its usually nylon, or similar, so is also susceptible to heat, also need to remember the flock itself is glued on so whatever solvents you use on the hot glue will also be affecting the glue holding the flock. never tried it but how about going the other way and freezing it? doesn't that work on chewing gum?
     
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    You take a soldering iron and put it on wood !!! it burns.. :Eeek:

    I dont know but I would be inclined to use/try a hair dryer,, might work.. :thumb:
     
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    When you say they have glued Velcro around the cab, is it between the front seats and habitation by any chance?
    It could be that the owners found it cold driving in winter and had a curtain velcro'd between the hab and cab. Some MH's dont have a very good heating system when driving , and just rely on the cab heaters to keep the whole thing warm. It might be worth leaving for a while , just to see. Then again if you know you have diesel heating , forget everything ive just said:Wink:
    Bev
     
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    Yep. If you can't get rid, hide it.

    Also applies to their pinholes. Seal then find suitable sticker/graphics to hide them.
     
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    your giving away Peter's secrets ..

    can also use reflectors to hide dings on panel work :thumb:
     
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    Only thing is to put something on both sides then it don't look odd.

    Have always thought better to hide marks etc, than make a poor repair.

    Dave :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Do not reheat the glue as this will melt it and it will stick to whatever it touches :Rofl1:You should be able to simply pull it off leaving it on one surface or the other :Rofl1: then pull the glue off the remaining surface -Used 1,000's of sticks over the years :Rofl1:
    terry
    Asda do a 12v on digi box for 13 quid :thumb:
     
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    Well, Hailman, thank you! As it happens, I make soap in my spare time (!!) and use rubbing alcohol as part of the process. I buy 99.9% off the internet, in 5L bottles, so the hot glue could be history! I'm just about to go out and play with it, so wish me luck!:thumb:
     
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