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« : November 18, 2010, 09:50:26 AM »

 Hi all been  awhile and im still at it.I went back to just making covers
Dock box. BQ.a/c and everything i can find.Well im runing out of stuff

So im going back to my boat cousin.i want to use my old foam.
Im going to buy A steamer but what kind ?
 
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« #1 : November 18, 2010, 05:25:55 PM »

hiya

I just use a cheap wallpaper stripper.

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« #2 : November 18, 2010, 05:42:08 PM »

I have a Jiffy J-2 (1300 watts) I paid over $200 for it.
 Wal-Mart has a $50 Conair model (1100 watts) It's all plastic, but is similiar in size and wattage to the professional Jiffy model. I've tried it out. It seems to put out a similair amount of steam to the Jiffy.
Guess it all depends on how much you're going to use it, as to how much you want to spend.
The advantage to the Jiffy is that the heating element and other parts are replaceable. The Conair is a throw-away.

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« #3 : November 18, 2010, 07:24:56 PM »

I used a cheapo Walmart special. Till the handle broke. Then it would steam your hand more than what you were trying to steam. Good design. Lasted a year I think.

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« #4 : November 18, 2010, 08:46:59 PM »

I use a Jiffy 2 also but last week when I turned it on the light lit and then went out. No steam for me. I guess it's time for a new one. 20 yrs isn't bad I guess.

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« #5 : November 18, 2010, 11:06:30 PM »

Check with your suppliers Paul...   some of them stock the parts for Jiffy steamers -- or you can order them online...  repair it!!

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« #6 : November 19, 2010, 05:41:39 AM »

Cheryl,
  Can't figure out what is wrong with it. I looked at the parts on jiffy's site.

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« #7 : November 19, 2010, 08:38:24 AM »

Did you check to see if you have water in it? I'm not trying to be a wise guy, I'm just asking because I almost threw away a steamer that wouldn't make steam, and guess why not???

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« #8 : November 19, 2010, 09:30:07 AM »


   Thinks all, i think im going to buy a cheap wallpaper stripper
  for the frist time around
 
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« #9 : November 19, 2010, 09:37:09 AM »

I was under the impression that steaming the old foam will bring the cushion back to shape enough for you to pattern but that it wouldn't hold that shape and revert back to the un-steamed shape after a little while.

Is this true?  I am going to be reusing my old foam for my boat project and was wondering if I should steam it?  The old foam is in great shape and when the previous owner told me that the boat was never left in the sun or on the water, he must've been telling the truth.
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« #10 : November 19, 2010, 09:54:16 AM »

I was under the impression that steaming the old foam will bring the cushion back to shape enough for you to pattern but that it wouldn't hold that shape and revert back to the un-steamed shape after a little while.
Is this true?
Steaming will restore the smushed edges on foam. And it's great for rejuvenating foam that has been compressed for shipping. But it really won't make old foam like new. I mainly use my steamer for getting wrinkles out of fabrics, and relaxing seams.
Some say that a steamer can shrink fabrics that are too loose. Others say that it can stretch fabrics that are too tight. I don't see how it can do both.
One more thing I learned: Don't get the steam head too close to chenilles! It will leave an impression that will never come out.

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« #11 : November 19, 2010, 02:03:56 PM »

I bought a J 3 20 years ago when I was first starting out. Didn't have much money then but turned into a great investment. It really gives a job that little extra tweak. Especially helps the skirts and cushions look real good.   
You need to test your fabric before you use it as some fabrics will stretch (sunbrella is bad for this) and some will run.
MinUph Before you throw that old steamer out check the fuseable link. I've replaced mine several times. On my steamer its a brown wire with a black piece of plastic in the middle. Try bypassing it. Another time the heater element went bad. This is not a hard fix.

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« #12 : November 19, 2010, 02:20:27 PM »

ROFL @ gene!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (takes a real man to  fess up to that.  LOL!!!)

Paul ..  if its broke now.. can't hurt to take it all apart and see what you can find that is burnt up, broken or just plain worn out.  That's what I would try.


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« #13 : November 19, 2010, 05:35:53 PM »

I did take it apart and there is power to the switch, light, and heating element. I did have water in it also :-)
  It does act like there is no water. When I did use it and it ran out of water it would shut off. Does the same thing now. I turn it on the light comes on for a few seconds and then shuts down just like there is no water. The safety shut off might well be the problem. I will look and see if it is a replaceable part.

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« #14 : November 19, 2010, 10:27:37 PM »

Paul:

Sometimes the heating elements get so covered with minerals from the water that they stop producing enough heat to steam the water. If they are covered in the stuff, try soaking them in one of those "scale away" type products. Someone else on here may know what product works best.

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