Introduction: Soldering

Step 1: Setting Up the Soldering Station

When setting up a soldering station, you must first make sure you have all the necessary materials BEFORE plugging anything in. After that you must read the instructions on your task for the day. Once all materials are gathered and you have read the instructions, turn on the soldering iron and begin heating it. As your iron is heating up you should plug in your fan that takes in the fumes created when soldering to avoid breathing them in.

Step 2: Soldering

When soldering you must never, ever touch any metal part of the iron, because it will instantly severely burn your skin. When soldering you must put your object in the helping hand before picking up the iron. Once you have the object oriented in the helping hand, you may grab the iron. To being soldering you hold the solder to the place you wish to solder and touch the iron to the solder. After about 10 minutes, you will catch on and it quickly becomes easier. When soldering, after the object has been successfully soldered to the board, use the clippers to get off any excess solder or metal if needed.

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eburbach16 (author)2014-09-15

Your photos and explanations are really good. Your descriptions are very thorough and helpful. I would add more slides with more tips, and some advice in what not to do. Along with those slides, add some more photos. Lastly, I think a video demonstrating how to solder would be beneficial.

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connor cody (author)2014-09-15

you should add more pictures to the project along with an informational video so that you can show your viewers how to solder as well. I would also add more slides maybe breaking some of your tips into different slides so it's not so condensed. And lastly you should give some things to look out for such as cold solder joints or bridges. -nor

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mmartella15 (author)2014-09-15

John-- Thanks for this wonderful lesson! This really helped a lot with my soldering, but I would like to add a few things:

1) Do you have too use the helping hand??

2) Make sure to never have a cold joint which is when you have soldered some of the thing on what your soldering, but not completely. Meaning you can still move the soldering joint around.

3) Could you add a video on how to set up your station?

4) For the fans is it one per per person orrr??

5) Thank you for this awesome and meaningful lesson.

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seamster (author)2014-09-11

Some good tips! Thanks for sharing.

You can edit this and remove those empty steps at the end. Just a tip! :)

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