How to make the perfect solder joint:
- All parts must be clean and free from dirt and grease.
- Secure the work firmly, using helping hands or some other clamping device.
- "Tin" the iron tip with a small amount of solder. Do this with new tips being used for the first time.
- Clean the tip of the hot soldering iron on a damp sponge.
- Add a tiny amount of fresh solder to the cleansed tip.
- Heat all parts of the joint with the iron for a few seconds.
- Continue heating, then apply sufficient solder only, to form a strong joint.
- Remove and return the iron safely to its stand (see the homemade version below).
- It only takes a few seconds for the joint to cool.
- Do not move parts until the solder has cooled.
Check out a neat series of Web Lectures on electronic circuits for beginners using animated interactive circuit diagrams.
DIY soldering iron stand made from
a piece of wood, heavy coat hangar wire, half of a travel soap dish and a kitchen sponge.
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