Make a $2 High-quality Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner





Introduction: Make a $2 High-quality Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner

This is a really simple 'able. It's my second so I'm not getting into anything too serious yet...If you liked this you might like my wall powered dual-fan solder extractor with a dynamic fan. So let's get started.

Step 1: Materials

All we really need is a 1 1/2" tube, some steel wool, a screw, and something to mount it to - for convenience and also because it would be best not to just leave it on its own, as it would be very unbalanced.

Step 2: Stretch Steel Wool and Mount the Pipe

"Stretch" the steel wool with your hands as much as you can. Now mount the pipe to whatever it is you're mounting it to.

Step 3: Roll Steel Wool and Insert Into Pipe

Roll the wool and push it into the pipe.

You're done. Was that hard?



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    Most people use a wet cellulose sponge to clean their soldering iron tip regularly. That is what the pan is for on most soldering iron stands, to hold the wet sponge in.

    Picture of soldering iron stand and sponge:

    Note also how iron is not held in a vertical position to avoid heating up the handle excessively when the iron is idling.

    If I really need to steel wool a tip I just wipe a piece of steel wool over the tip myself.

    Also, quit being such a baby with puny iron fumes. If you need a fan for an iron what would you need running an 800 pound wave solder pump?

    The idea of this was to: -hold the soldering iron in a convenient matter -have a small place to clean the tip handy and it accompmplished this very well so I don't know why you're complaining. And please restate that last part because I don't have the slightest idea of what you're talking about...

    Again. This is supposed to be simple. I have no idea what a wave soldering machine is, why you brought it up, or why I should care. As much as you'd like to believe they do, the soldering irons don't really care what position they're in, and don't get hot. This was designed with joe newbie in mind. no metal building/bending skills involved. your suggestions are pointless. it's SUPPOSED to be simple!

    Why I brought it up was obviously for illustrative purposes. Why you should care is a riddle for the ages. Just in case you didn't know, soldering is a metal working skill. It is pretty much almost (flux excluded) all about metal, and working with it in point of fact. Your Instructable may possibly be a good learn from others mistakes example. Because who has enough time to make them all on their own? Just because someone is new at something is no reason not to give them the best we can. "Nothing starts out complicated, it just gets that way." --Don Johnson

    I never said anything about soldering not being metalworking. This is a setup for someone new at soldering. Nothing too fancy. And I don't know why you don't think soldering needs a fan, unless you don't solder nearly as much as you lead us to believe.

    Yes but you did place the phrase close enough for me to make the connection. I said it before now I will say it again, just because someone is new is no reason to start them off in the wrong direction. If you don't know why I don't think that hand soldering needs a fan I will try to spell it out as clearly here as I can. Because I have worked in the PCB fabrication industry professionally and have actually run commercial processes that *CAN* lead to flux over exposure and that has given me added perspective that most (that would include you too I am afraid labor laws would disallow you from having these experiences for a few years) do not possess. I've sat at a bench and soldered for full shifts for weeks on end kiddo. Let alone the odd electronics projects I've done over more than 30 years now! I don't need to lead anyone to believe anything, I've the body of work to back up everything I say.

    Again. I'm not starting them off on the wrong foot. There's a difference between a simple system and a bad system. This is a simple system. Please learn the difference.

    You have some learning to do that is for sure!.

    I've said this to other people; just because you have lungs of steel doesn't mean everyone does. Two of my friends' airways get constricted and almost close up if they breathe this stuff. You're cool, we get it; you don't need no stinking fan. Some people do, and that's who the guide was for.