Repairing My Broken Desoldering Iron / Solder Sucker.

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Introduction: Repairing My Broken Desoldering Iron / Solder Sucker.

This Instructable will show you how I repaired my Desoldering Iron  http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062731&znt_campaign=Category_CMS&znt_source=C AT&znt_medium=RSCOM&znt_content=CT2032236  useing Sugru  http://sugru.com/

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Step 1: Take It Apart.

Loosen the Big screw near the tip.

Step 2: More Room to Work.

The iron's tip and bulb are all one piece and should slip right out of the heating element.

Step 3: Stuff It.

I stuffed the handle ( both sides of the break ) with black Sugru. 

Step 4: Put It Back Together.

Then pushed the handle together, to mate each piece.

Step 5: Clamp It.

I held my Iron together with the help of IRWIN Quick Grip  http://www.irwin.com/tools/brands/quick-grip 

This has to stay held together for twenty-four ( 24 ) hours for the Sugru to set/dry completely. 

See you tomorrow.  

Snoozing now. 

Step 6: Awesome Fix

1.  Take the Iron from the clamp.
2.  Clean the Sugru from the outside of the handle.
3.  Replace the Tip, Gently tighten the big screw.
 
We're finished, the Iron was broken and near unusable, and now working like it was never broken.

Credits :
   Instructables
   Irwin Quick-Grip Clamp
   Radio Shack
   Sugru
   SYN SHOP Hackerspace located near downtown Las Vegas.   
   SYN Shop member Timothy Gibson for his assistance. Without his help I couldn't have made this fix.

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    Thanks for the tips :)

    My radio shack soldering iron broke the same way. Hope this fix holds up!

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    Use lots of sugru stuff it till you can stuff no more
    Let me know how it turns out,

    I actually have the same one from Radio Shack, except it is much older, it has a Bakelite handle.