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Beginner in Soldering, HELP!

i want to get into soldering and circuit boards, but i dont know what to do first. I HAVE soldered before, but it was only a couple little things in woodshop (we were making a clock) and i didnt understand what i was doing, i was just following instructions. So any input would be greatly appreciated! Can you guys recommend a decent soldering station around the $50-70 range. What about tutorials, i want tutorials on ANYTHING that has to do with soldering, but nothing to overwhelming, remember im just a beginner. some tutorials i would appreciate are: -soldering (of course) -reading schematics -the theorys (ohms law, and all that good stuff) -practice projects (projects that show you how things work) -and basically anything that you think is helpful besides soldering station, what other tools are necessary? and do you have any recommendations for those tools.

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Plasmana8 years ago
Here is a guide you can look at, it has a lot of helpful information for beginners...

Soldering Guide
um0123 (author)  Plasmana8 years ago
like i said before, i read most of that, im just asking for things to purchase, and any additional information, because there is always more to learn.
Plasmana um01238 years ago
Ahh, I see...
guyfrom7up8 years ago
Here we go!
best soldering iron ever, and it's a great price:
http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100-Soldering-Station-Hobbyist/dp/B000AS28UC/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1231632665&sr=8-1
-Reading schematics
http://faq.rayd.org/read_schematic/

ehhh... to lazy now

just google?
um0123 (author)  guyfrom7up8 years ago
looks like a good one and got many great reviews, but will i be fine even though it has no display temp? and what do the knowbs 1-2-3-4 indicate, temperature? wattage?
gnomedriver8 years ago
There is one thing that you need, and it sounds like you already have it, and that is enthusiasm. You’re interested, you want to learn and you’re not afraid to ask for direction. Keep that up.
Sandisk1duo8 years ago
For about $15 dollars you can get an ok soldering iron + solder Home depot has pretty cheap solder, walmart sometimes has $5 soldering irons what i suggest you do is buy some copper wire 16-28 gauge, and practice soldering that! other basic tools: wire cutters, wire strippers, needle nose pliers, solder sucker, helping hands, digital multi meter
kelseymh8 years ago
um0123 (author)  kelseymh8 years ago
ive read most of those, the main thing im asking for here is a recommendation on a beginners soldering station, any other info on soldering is appreciated, but not expected.
You can actually start out with a basic soldering iron $20 15-30 watts, fine-med pointy tip, and plugs into the wall, no portable models. Get a soldering iron for electronics not for other general purpose. Nail or screw that wire holder onto a bigger block of wood. Get a small damp sponge to use as a wiping thing to get rid of burnt flux and gunk when you solder. If you can afford a soldering station like Weller, there are some nice constant temperature controlled models but not absolutely necessary. Additional tools to rack up the budget: Various screwdrivers, Pair of tweezers, Pair of fine point needlenose pliers, solder sucker(can be one with a spring pump or rubber suction sqeeze bulb, or a roll of solder wick used for de-soldering operations), nice roll of flux core solder for electronics, maybe some heat-shrink tubing to insulate some connections, little non-toothed alligator clamps/clips to use as heat sinks for delicate parts like integrated circuits, and you can make a "third hand"(bunch of alligator clips on flex-joint rods to hold and position small workpieces - there are some instructables on it) Best thing to do is to grab some old electronics and take it apart. Salvage some parts to work with and then solder it back. Practice. Read up on what a good joint should be and don't inhale the fumes. Good luck.