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Finding my soldering gun is easy, but I'd always have to dig around for the solder.  Here's a quick and simple way to insure you have everything you need at the work space, whenever you pick your soldering gun up to use.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Besides a soldering gun (Mine's a Weller, but I'm sure you can modify this to work with other guns as well) a sewing bobbin, a 1-5/8" drywall screw, a philips screwdriver and about a foot of solder.

The most difficult part of this project will be distracting your wife long enough to get the bobbin.  My method was to point at something behind her and say "What's that?", but you can use any technique you'd like, including taking her out to dinner.

Step 2: Assembly

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Looking at the picture, you'll understand exactly what needs to be done.  simply remove the forward assembly screw from the gun's case and replace it with the drywall screw and bobbin.  Wind your solder onto the bobbin and your done.

Step 3: Use

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You don't have to cut the solder off the bobbin when you use it.  Simply unwind enough to reach the work and solder away.  The solder is stiff enough to keep itself near the tip while your preparing to heat the work up, so you don't even have to reach far to access it.

Enjoy.
rimar20002 years ago
Good idea, thanks for sharing it.
bfk (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thank you.
Ambermile2 years ago
Nice idea - makes me wanna shoot myself for not thinking of it as I struggle with a mere two hands to do a job needing at least three!
bfk (author)  Ambermile2 years ago
Thanks for the compliment, but please don't hurt yourself (I know you're joking... At least I hope you are).
Topcat20212 years ago
I agree that is a wonderful idea I'll have to try that also as I have a lot of bobbins around that aren't being used. Thank you so much for seeing the "Obvious" and sharing it with the rest of us.
Keep up the good work.
Dan
bfk (author)  Topcat20212 years ago
Thank you Dan. I used to surf Instructables when researching to see if anyone had pre-thought any of my ideas before filing patent applications. Now that I'm retired and no longer trying to protect my ideas, I'm discovering Instructables is a great place to share them. I hope I don't disappoint you.