Instructables: exploring - technology - soldering - soldering - featured http://www.instructables.com Tue, 1 Sep 2015 03:43:25 PDT BLOX v1.01 Fixing your Car keys http://www.instructables.com/id/Fixing-your-Car-keys/
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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:43:43 PDT
Make A PWM Motor Speed Controller http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-PWM-Motor-Speed-Controller/
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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:30:38 PDT
Simple PCB soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-PCB-soldering/
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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:20:33 PDT
The Ultimate Guide to Desoldering http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Ultimate-Guide-to-Desoldering/
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Tue, 4 Aug 2015 16:11:04 PDT
Making A SMD Reflow Oven http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-A-SMD-Reflow-Oven/
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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:21:14 PDT
PCB Assembly Fixture http://www.instructables.com/id/PCB-Assembly-Fixture/
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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:44:39 PDT
Yet another tutorial on how to solder http://www.instructables.com/id/Yet-another-tutorial-on-how-to-solder/
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Sun, 10 May 2015 08:08:06 PDT
Hot Plate Soldering using Low Temperature Solder http://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-Plate-Soldering-using-Low-Temperature-Solder/
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Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:17:53 PDT
The poor man's soldering iron http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Poor-Mans-soldering-iron/
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Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:25:56 PDT
Repair Broken Sennheiser Headphones http://www.instructables.com/id/Repair-Broken-Sennheiser-Headphones/
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Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:40:10 PST
Aligator clip connector for MakeyMakey http://www.instructables.com/id/Aligator-clip-connector-for-MakeyMakey/
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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:53:27 PST
How to Solder Without Electricity (or a Soldering Iron) http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Solder-Without-Electricity-or-a-Soldering-I/
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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:19:26 PST
From spoon to broadhead http://www.instructables.com/id/From-spoon-to-broadhead/
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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:01:45 PST
Dead Bug Prototyping and Freeform Electronics http://www.instructables.com/id/Dead-Bug-Prototyping-and-Freeform-Electronics/
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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:23:15 PST
Mechanical Pencil Solder Loader http://www.instructables.com/id/Mechanical-Pencil-Solder-Loader/
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Tue, 30 Dec 2014 02:48:17 PST
Installing a Killswitch into a guitar http://www.instructables.com/id/Installing-a-Killswitch-into-a-guitar/
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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:26:22 PST
Soldering headers without drilling holes http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-headers-without-drilling-holes/
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Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:37:55 PDT
USB Rechargeable Soldering Iron: Solderdoodle Pro http://www.instructables.com/id/Solderdoodle-Open-Source-USB-Rechargeable-Solderin/
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Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:53:41 PDT
Uses of Different Soldering Iron Tips http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-of-Different-Soldering-Iron-Tips/
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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:14:51 PDT
Soldering fume extractor arm http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-fume-extractor-arm/
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Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:51:20 PST
"Third Hand" for soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Third-Hand-for-soldering/
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Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:44:56 PST
Electronics Soldering Mobile Workshop http://www.instructables.com/id/Electronics-Soldering-Mobile-Workshop/
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Mon, 2 Dec 2013 06:53:51 PST
Trinity Assembly http://www.instructables.com/id/Trinity-Assembly/
Trinity Assembly - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FH5/S6RP/HME1QY6A/FH5S6RPHME1QY6A.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH5/S6RP/HME1QY6A/FH5S6RPHME1QY6A.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH5/S6RP/HME1QY6A/FH5S6RPHME1QY6A.SMALL.jpg bastl-instruments Hey dudes!! Lets build the Trinity synth!!!You can find more informations at our website: bastl-instruments.comBefore you start: The board solders from both sides.The components goes always above its printed sign, so it covers the printed sign!You should know that there are some differences between...
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Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:30:38 PDT
Simple Skillet Surface-mount Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Skillet-Surface-mount-Soldering/
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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:53:31 PDT
How to make a soldering iron with a 6 volts battery. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-soldering-iron-with-a-6-volts-batter/
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Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:44:41 PDT
Cleaning up your PCB http://www.instructables.com/id/Cleaning-up-your-PCB/
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Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:33:31 PDT
Tips for choosing the correct soldering iron tip http://www.instructables.com/id/Tips-for-choosing-the-correct-soldering-iron-tip/
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Sun, 8 Jul 2012 07:42:55 PDT
DIY Soldering Reflow Oven http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Soldering-Reflow-Oven/
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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:09:14 PDT
Soldering basic SMD http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-basic-SMD/
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Sat, 21 Apr 2012 07:38:01 PDT
How To: Desoldering http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Desoldering/
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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:30:40 PDT
How To: Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Soldering/
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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:29:00 PDT
Extreme Desoldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Extreme-Desoldering/
Extreme Desoldering - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F68/WXK5/GZACJHE7/F68WXK5GZACJHE7.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F68/WXK5/GZACJHE7/F68WXK5GZACJHE7.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F68/WXK5/GZACJHE7/F68WXK5GZACJHE7.SMALL.jpg mpilchfamily We all know how to use a Desoldering Iron, Brade, or Pump to desolder components one lead at a time. Not only is this slow and tedious, but its not much fun either. Now a heat gun makes things a little more interesting but is better suited for Surface Mounted Technology (SMT). I wanted to take thing...
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Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:26:30 PST
Helping Hand with Arm http://www.instructables.com/id/Helping-Hand-with-Arm/
Helping Hand with Arm - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F4E/IGU9/GXL5UGVX/F4EIGU9GXL5UGVX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4E/IGU9/GXL5UGVX/F4EIGU9GXL5UGVX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4E/IGU9/GXL5UGVX/F4EIGU9GXL5UGVX.SMALL.jpg mpilchfamily This project came about when i recently ordered some Shape Lock. Shape Lock is a durable plastic with a low melting temp. At about 150 F it becomes very pliable and can be easily shaped by hand. It is sold under a few different names but the pricing is about the same for all of them. Best of all the...
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Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:53:50 PST
How to build a Fume Extractor on the cheap http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-Fume-Extractor-on-the-cheap/
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Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:07:09 PST
Soldering Iron Stand (Made Out Of Wire) http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Iron-Stand-Made-Out-Of-Wire/
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Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:21:38 PST
Hack a Toaster Oven for Reflow Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Hack-a-Toaster-Oven-for-Reflow-Soldering/
Hack a Toaster Oven for Reflow Soldering - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ1/TUPQ/GUGD44Q7/FQ1TUPQGUGD44Q7.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ1/TUPQ/GUGD44Q7/FQ1TUPQGUGD44Q7.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ1/TUPQ/GUGD44Q7/FQ1TUPQGUGD44Q7.SMALL.jpg frank26080115 As I get more serious into my electronics hobby, I need to work with more SMD components. Some component packages are very difficult or impossible to solder with a traditional soldering iron. To solve this problem, I decided to hack a toaster oven to become a reflow soldering oven. Basically, to pe...
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Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:05:18 PST
Soldering Tutorial: Inline Splicing http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Tutorial-Inline-Splicing/
Soldering Tutorial: Inline Splicing - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FA5/K18D/GUEN7O60/FA5K18DGUEN7O60.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA5/K18D/GUEN7O60/FA5K18DGUEN7O60.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA5/K18D/GUEN7O60/FA5K18DGUEN7O60.SMALL.jpg tjbrown Soldering is an essential skill for hobbyists and anyone interested in DIY electronics projects. This article will provide step-by-step instructions for inline splicing, a widely used procedure in electronic assemblies. Inline splicing involves joining two stranded wires in a straight line. The inst...
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Sun, 30 Oct 2011 17:25:27 PDT
Guide to field Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Guide-to-field-Soldering/
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Sat, 13 Jan 2007 20:11:02 PST
Soldering 101: Lesson 1: Tin the Tip http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-101%3a-Lesson-1%3a-Tin-the-Tip/
Soldering 101: Lesson 1: Tin the Tip - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F6G/QY4E/WZXEWUSKX7J/F6GQY4EWZXEWUSKX7J.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6G/QY4E/WZXEWUSKX7J/F6GQY4EWZXEWUSKX7J.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F6G/QY4E/WZXEWUSKX7J/F6GQY4EWZXEWUSKX7J.SMALL.jpg royalestel This short and easy instructable shows how (and why!) you tin the tip of the soldering iron. Never soldered before? Here's where to start.If you appreciate this instructible, please visit my blog for more ideas:GoodCleanCrazyLast week I decided to make a USB powered flashlight. While I know a lot ...
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Fri, 12 Jan 2007 11:55:24 PST
Soldering Station http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Station/
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Mon, 21 May 2007 19:01:17 PDT
Pocket-Sized Fume Extractor http://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-Sized-Fume-Extractor/
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Fri, 8 Jul 2011 11:22:15 PDT
How to Make a Solder Pen http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Solder-Pen/
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Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:36:37 PDT
Hot air soldering gun from a desoldering iron with a vaccume pump http://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-air-soldering-gun-from-a-desoldering-iron-with/
Hot air soldering gun from a desoldering iron with a vaccume pump - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FEI/38AJ/GEI98R9C/FEI38AJGEI98R9C.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEI/38AJ/GEI98R9C/FEI38AJGEI98R9C.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEI/38AJ/GEI98R9C/FEI38AJGEI98R9C.SMALL.jpg delwin Here I'll show you how I converted my desoldering iron into a hot air soldering gun. Some may ask why is this tut when there is the easier one wit the iron from digikey. Well the answer is, digikey doesn't ship to europe and all I managed to find here is this type of desoldering irons. One more thin...
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Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:41:48 PDT
Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FR4/E9GO/FOMYNRWQ/FR4E9GOFOMYNRWQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FR4/E9GO/FOMYNRWQ/FR4E9GOFOMYNRWQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FR4/E9GO/FOMYNRWQ/FR4E9GOFOMYNRWQ.SMALL.jpg Instructables Guides Soldering is the cornerstone skill of many electronics projects and we certainly have plenty of great soldering tutorials, custom solder tips, tools and hacks, and great ideas on Instructables that will take even the expert's soldering skills to the next level. Use this guide to learn how to wire i...
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Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:54:59 PST
How to hand-solder a PowerPad IC http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-hand-solder-a-PowerPad-IC/
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Sat, 3 Oct 2009 11:02:29 PDT
How to neatly solder (without loads of wires!) decoupling caps on SMT microcontrollers. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-neatly-solder-without-loads-of-wires-dec/
How to neatly solder (without loads of wires!) decoupling caps on SMT microcontrollers. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FDC/1WR5/FU0HZ5EX/FDC1WR5FU0HZ5EX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDC/1WR5/FU0HZ5EX/FDC1WR5FU0HZ5EX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDC/1WR5/FU0HZ5EX/FDC1WR5FU0HZ5EX.SMALL.jpg ste5442 This instructable is written to teach you how to use a neat and tidy method of prototyping with SMT microcontrollers (or other devices) on an adaptor board. After struggling to make a neat job of effectively decoupling the power pins on my PIC18F I decided something needed to be done! This instruc...
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Wed, 29 Apr 2009 05:25:43 PDT
$10ish DIY Variable Temp Soldering Iron Controller http://www.instructables.com/id/10ish-DIY-Variable-Temp-Soldering-Iron-Controller/
$10ish DIY Variable Temp Soldering Iron Controller - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F1J/YLTV/FRL5KVEQ/F1JYLTVFRL5KVEQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1J/YLTV/FRL5KVEQ/F1JYLTVFRL5KVEQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1J/YLTV/FRL5KVEQ/F1JYLTVFRL5KVEQ.SMALL.jpg titaniumw41 This instructable will show you how to make your Radioshack "firestarter" soldering iron into a variable temperature version using around $10 in parts. This idea came to me after i started lifting traces on a circuit board because I was using a 30w soldering iron to solder on a chip. Plus, I am chea...
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Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:57:21 PST
Make a Hot Knife using a soldering iron http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hot-Knife-using-a-soldering-iron/
Make a Hot Knife using a soldering iron - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FUF/7ELO/FR7EUZ05/FUF7ELOFR7EUZ05.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUF/7ELO/FR7EUZ05/FUF7ELOFR7EUZ05.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUF/7ELO/FR7EUZ05/FUF7ELOFR7EUZ05.SMALL.jpg Plasmana Are you having trouble cutting plastics with an ordinary x-acto knife? Then here is a simple tool mod you can do, turn an old soldering iron and a x-acto blade into a Hot Knife!This hot knife idea isn't really mine, I found this idea made by somebody from MAKE:, I can't remember who made it. And so ...
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Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:51:03 PST
Intro into SMD Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Intro-into-SMD-Soldering/
Intro into SMD Soldering - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FCA/04YS/FA2KM37P/FCA04YSFA2KM37P.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCA/04YS/FA2KM37P/FCA04YSFA2KM37P.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCA/04YS/FA2KM37P/FCA04YSFA2KM37P.SMALL.jpg jrgcool35 Many people here might think SMD is impossible since the pins are so small and solder wants to cling onto every pin but it actually is very easy. This will teach you the basics of SMD Soldering if you build anything that works with SMD soldering and my tutorial helped you I would like you to post th...
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Sun, 16 Dec 2007 19:19:40 PST
Soldering underneath chips http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-underneath-chips/
Soldering underneath chips - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FLO/1LHI/QJZETVPN5RT/FLO1LHIQJZETVPN5RT.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FLO/1LHI/QJZETVPN5RT/FLO1LHIQJZETVPN5RT.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FLO/1LHI/QJZETVPN5RT/FLO1LHIQJZETVPN5RT.SMALL.jpg rgbphil I recently had to design a device that used a chip with a heatsink underneath the body of the chip. This heatsink had to be both electrically and thermally connected to the PCB. Typically these devices (see picture) are soldered to PCBs using reflow techniques, where solder paste is stencilled to t...
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Mon, 6 Nov 2006 20:29:29 PST