That's a bloody good idea, David ! I would have thought that 1mm copper would empty your battery in double-quick time, though. More or less short-circuit it. Maybe ni-chrome resistance wire from an electric heater would be better ?DavidRutherford wrote:I've sucessfully removed a bonded windscreen before now using both the "hot knife" technique and the bit-of-1mm-copper-cable-and-a-12v-battery hot-cheese-wire technique. The hot-wire method was definitely easier, as once the wire gets hot (150°C ish) then it just glides through the sealant.
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Yes, it does. We used about a meter length of wire, which was barely 0.02 ohms of resistance (the connections to the battery were probably higher resistance) which meant we were trying to draw something like 600amps from the battery, which it can't do for very long!cauchoiskev wrote:I would have thought that 1mm copper would empty your battery in double-quick time, though. More or less short-circuit it.
The main problem was that the bit of cable that wasn't being used to cut the sealant gets very hot indeed, so you have to use a bit of a sawing action to make best use of the heat available, and welding gauntlets were definitely the order of the day!
The other problem of course is having enough fat cable to supply to both the inside and the outside of the car. We used about 3 sets of jump-cables in the end.
Got the screen out in about 10 mins though, and well before the battery went completely flat
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