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Infrared thermometer at Harbor Freight $20

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  1. bitten123

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Nov 6 2008 19:55:18
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    I know many are using steam and wanting to make sure they are getting the item at 120 degrees or higher. I purchased this little gizmo at Harbor Freight, it is on sale for $20. It is an infrared thermometer and is so cool. I use it to measure the temmperature of shoes when I've had them in the dryer (usually leather goes to about 140 to 160) in about 15 minutes.
    I used this when we used the steamer on the sofa seams and etc to make sure I got over 120. It is very helpful tool, here is link http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=93984
    They also have some magnifying glasses very inexpensive for those on tight budgets.
    http://search.harborfreight.com/cpisearch/web/search.do?keyword=magnifying+glass
    I know these are not top of the line products, but I'm very happy with my little infrared thermometer. I also got one of the $1.99 loop magnifiers for my kids and it is very very good, I'm surprised.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Nov 6 2008 21:01:24
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    Some Radio Shacks are selling one on clearance for $12 (sans battery). Oddly enough, it looks like a large BB.

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Nice find!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Fri Nov 7 2008 15:50:09
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    They are great, handy little tools and rather in expensive. Good for training in how fast
    to steam.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Nov 7 2008 15:56:31
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    Winston O. Buggy - 4 minutes ago  » 
    They are great, handy little tools and rather in expensive. Good for training in how fast
    to steam.

    I think that is exactly where they came in the handiest for me personally, was learning how slow you really need to go to reach the proper temperatures with steam. Steaming is truly s-l-o-w process to get the right temperatures. You move it very slowly, and you do get the right temperature. I just love that little tool!

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    Infrared is good for surfaces but for clothes I suggest an instant read kitchen thermometer since the tip can go deep into the clothes or item to confirm temps at depth.

    I use one similar to this. Large range of movement from 120 and up.

    http://www.amazon.com/CDN-IRL220-InstaRead-Cooking-Thermometer/dp/B000095RBP/ref=sr_1_47?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1226091580&sr=1-47

    One like this doesn't have as much movement in the death range.

    http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Analog-Instant-Read-Dial-Thermometer/dp/B00004XSC4/ref=sr_1_3/186-7587792-2585067?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1226091533&sr=1-3

    Jam one of these things up under your baseboard as you steam to check the temps back where BBS will run.

    Jim

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Circuit City is going out of business and might have some there. They have some on their website.


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