Instructables: exploring - photos - soldering http://www.instructables.com Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:34:19 PDT BLOX v1.01 How to find and fix an overhead temperature and compass LCD issue http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-find-and-fix-an-overhead-temperature-and-co/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FDH/C13E/HPCWVX30/FDHC13EHPCWVX30.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDH/C13E/HPCWVX30/FDHC13EHPCWVX30.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDH/C13E/HPCWVX30/FDHC13EHPCWVX30.SMALL.jpg nneylan "I fixed it at TechShop!" So my overhead compass and temperature gauge went out and I decided not to pay 150 bucks for Toyota to look for the issue. First, I checked the fuses. No problems there. Second, I disconnected the battery and followed my Clinton's book to remove the overhead unit.  After...
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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:49:36 PST
How To Solder http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Solder-17/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ1/AGEB/HOHYFWN0/FJ1AGEBHOHYFWN0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ1/AGEB/HOHYFWN0/FJ1AGEBHOHYFWN0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ1/AGEB/HOHYFWN0/FJ1AGEBHOHYFWN0.SMALL.jpg Mahir Asrani Soldering is defined as "the joining of metals by a fusion of alloys which have relatively low melting points". In other words, you use a metal that has a low melting point to adhere the surfaces to be soldered together. Consider that soldering is more like gluing with molten metal, unlike welding w...
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Tue, 3 Dec 2013 19:52:29 PST
Solder Paste Syringe http://www.instructables.com/id/Solder-Paste-Syringe/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FI0/IR8U/H7QCY7VA/FI0IR8UH7QCY7VA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FI0/IR8U/H7QCY7VA/FI0IR8UH7QCY7VA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FI0/IR8U/H7QCY7VA/FI0IR8UH7QCY7VA.SMALL.jpg c-face This Instructable was made to find an easy to use container for RadioShack Flux. This makes it easy to use, no really need to get sticky with Flux and allow user to apply it with ease.
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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:09:34 PST
Enlarging the holes of a perfboard - Mac Gyver style http://www.instructables.com/id/Enlarging-the-holes-of-a-perfboard-Mac-Gyver-style/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F8W/O2SW/HLO2HZBB/F8WO2SWHLO2HZBB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8W/O2SW/HLO2HZBB/F8WO2SWHLO2HZBB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8W/O2SW/HLO2HZBB/F8WO2SWHLO2HZBB.SMALL.jpg supervito I had this idea while I was struggling with a very common problem: trying to fit a connector with too thick pins in a standard perfboard. The best solution would be to have a drill and a bit of the right size. But at that moment I didn't have one. Additionally, using a drill on the perfboard may res...
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Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:55:31 PDT
Easy Aluminum Solder Stencil http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Aluminum-Solder-Mask/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F94/8IVI/HKZ9LKW4/F948IVIHKZ9LKW4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F94/8IVI/HKZ9LKW4/F948IVIHKZ9LKW4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F94/8IVI/HKZ9LKW4/F948IVIHKZ9LKW4.SMALL.jpg JouleTime There are many websites that tell you how to etch circuits boards at home, how to make solder masks, and how to do oven reflow. I have read several before trying to do the project myself. Here is what worked for me and the few little adjustments I made to make it work better. Today we are going to s...
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Mon, 2 Sep 2013 07:31:45 PDT
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Fri, 2 Aug 2013 05:20:05 PDT
Sugru Soldering Iron Grip http://www.instructables.com/id/Sugru-Soldering-Iron-Grip/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FKM/S4VZ/HJKC5U1F/FKMS4VZHJKC5U1F.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKM/S4VZ/HJKC5U1F/FKMS4VZHJKC5U1F.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKM/S4VZ/HJKC5U1F/FKMS4VZHJKC5U1F.SMALL.jpg JoelvL I used Sugru to improve the grip of my soldering iron. When I use my soldering iron for a long time, it gets warm/hot. So holding it firm gets uncomfortable. Then I came up with this Sugru fix. It is easy to make, just apply one package of Sugru on your soldering iron, and form it to your hand. *...
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Fri, 2 Aug 2013 04:04:39 PDT
Hot Plate Soldering Results http://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-Plate-Soldering-Results/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FKT/B0OB/HHJOM7EA/FKTB0OBHHJOM7EA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKT/B0OB/HHJOM7EA/FKTB0OBHHJOM7EA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKT/B0OB/HHJOM7EA/FKTB0OBHHJOM7EA.SMALL.jpg Nerdz This is the result of a experiment I did, by using a hot plate and a peice of aluminum for soldering. Its easier than you think, and quite simple. The trick though, is to "paint" the circuit before hand with a soldering iron and a little bit of solder (I didnt have solder paste). I thought the solde...
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Wed, 5 Jun 2013 18:20:43 PDT
Goose neck fume extractor from old USB laptop LED light (dirt cheap) http://www.instructables.com/id/Goose-neck-fume-extractor-from-old-USB-laptop-LED-/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJK/SFNJ/HEI4M5CW/FJKSFNJHEI4M5CW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJK/SFNJ/HEI4M5CW/FJKSFNJHEI4M5CW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJK/SFNJ/HEI4M5CW/FJKSFNJHEI4M5CW.SMALL.jpg confu Recently I did some soldering and noticed that the fumes kept going right to my face. So this gorilla pod - style fume extractor came into my mind: Materials: (old) case fan cheap / broken (or both) goose neck LED light for laptops (these are dirt cheap if you look at the right store, ~ 2 € maybe a...
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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:26:30 PDT
The Ant, little is more. http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Ant-little-is-more/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FER/BKKB/HBUZN4MO/FERBKKBHBUZN4MO.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FER/BKKB/HBUZN4MO/FERBKKBHBUZN4MO.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FER/BKKB/HBUZN4MO/FERBKKBHBUZN4MO.SMALL.jpg fury23 It started when i was a kid, forever spending my time in the garden with all its creatures that inhabited it. i started to examine them up close and looking at there habits. This is where i found my passion in making them. The ant to me is the smallest but it showed me that together we are strong. T...
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Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:02:40 PST
Simple, Cheap, Soldering Station http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Cheap-Soldering-Station/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F09/WXRR/HAQ3B5W9/F09WXRRHAQ3B5W9.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F09/WXRR/HAQ3B5W9/F09WXRRHAQ3B5W9.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F09/WXRR/HAQ3B5W9/F09WXRRHAQ3B5W9.SMALL.jpg apaglia I had a soldering iron but no holder/station.  I wanted to solder something today without the hassle of going out, so I dug up a few scrap items that might work for this job and that wouldn't be missed. The supplies I ended up getting: 3 x screws to hold things together (2 long and 1 short) 1 x ke...
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Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:49:30 PST
Super Simple Third Hand Tool done within 30mins http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Simple-Third-Hand-Tool-done-within-30mins/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F27/1ZSH/H7HY7OML/F271ZSHH7HY7OML.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F27/1ZSH/H7HY7OML/F271ZSHH7HY7OML.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F27/1ZSH/H7HY7OML/F271ZSHH7HY7OML.SMALL.jpg jaysonragasa I have made a pretty simple Third Hand Tool just within 30 minutes and just using a scrap and stock material around the house. 3 components to build one: 1. An old (very old) harddisk. 2. Iron wire 3. Alligator clip (2x) That's all, no more, no less Here are the steps to build your custom Third Ha...
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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:42:59 PDT
Simple solder holding for those immediate projects http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-solder-holding-for-those-immediate-projects/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F2F/RNNS/H673960F/F2FRNNSH673960F.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2F/RNNS/H673960F/F2FRNNSH673960F.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2F/RNNS/H673960F/F2FRNNSH673960F.SMALL.jpg mikelspencr The title is a bit confusing, but I'll explain better. Have you ever been repairing something, and just don't have a "helping hands" or another person or way of supporting that project you're doing? Or that roll of solder is just too big to hold onto while you're working? Try this way and see how it...
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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:58:21 PDT
Get a new soldering tip or not? http://www.instructables.com/id/Get-a-new-soldering-tip-or-not/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FL6/JO51/H5TUCR3H/FL6JO51H5TUCR3H.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FL6/JO51/H5TUCR3H/FL6JO51H5TUCR3H.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FL6/JO51/H5TUCR3H/FL6JO51H5TUCR3H.SMALL.jpg Harry Park Use a clean tip for soldering and use a WET sponge to clean. Also add a little bit of solder to the tip to improve results.  NOTE: it will melt through the sponge if it is not wet and should make a singing sound.
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Thu, 16 Aug 2012 01:16:47 PDT
PCB Soldering Tip #3: Bend Leads http://www.instructables.com/id/PCB-Soldering-Tip-3-Bend-Leads/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FYL/D8XM/H5IRW0SB/FYLD8XMH5IRW0SB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYL/D8XM/H5IRW0SB/FYLD8XMH5IRW0SB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYL/D8XM/H5IRW0SB/FYLD8XMH5IRW0SB.SMALL.jpg Radioactive_Legos If you're trying to solder through-hole components with long leads into a PCB, here's a simple tip that will keep them in place while your board is upside down and you join lead and pad.  Just place your component where you want it and on the underside of the board, bend the leads sharply to the sid...
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Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:28:43 PDT
PCB Soldering Tip #2: Corners First http://www.instructables.com/id/PCB-Soldering-Tip-2-Corners-First/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FAN/UGIU/H5EDUE50/FANUGIUH5EDUE50.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAN/UGIU/H5EDUE50/FANUGIUH5EDUE50.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAN/UGIU/H5EDUE50/FANUGIUH5EDUE50.SMALL.jpg Radioactive_Legos If you solder up a component with lots of pins into a PCB, then realize it's crooked, you'll have quite the time trying to correct your error.  I learned the hard way, and I've since taught myself this simple trick.  With your component inserted into the board in its place (see PCB Soldering Tip #1:...
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Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:13:24 PDT
PCB Soldering Tip #1: Tape http://www.instructables.com/id/PCB-Soldering-Tip-1-Tape/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FXH/LFUT/H5ECNAP0/FXHLFUTH5ECNAP0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXH/LFUT/H5ECNAP0/FXHLFUTH5ECNAP0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXH/LFUT/H5ECNAP0/FXHLFUTH5ECNAP0.SMALL.jpg Radioactive_Legos Solder through-hole components into a PCB isn't the smoothest process for the DIYer.  The components go in from the top but are soldered from the bottom, leading to lots of issues if the component leads can't be bent to the sides to hold the component in place.  By  taping the component on the top s...
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Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:05:35 PDT
Lego Solder Spool + Wick Holder http://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-Solder-Spool-Wick-Holder/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FZS/866S/H5IRVZXC/FZS866SH5IRVZXC.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZS/866S/H5IRVZXC/FZS866SH5IRVZXC.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZS/866S/H5IRVZXC/FZS866SH5IRVZXC.SMALL.jpg Radioactive_Legos Legos seem to solve most of life's problems.  My problem was keeping my solder spool and solder wick handy and neat, and Legos came to the rescue just as expected.  Using a plate for the base and building sides up, I built cross members to hold the solder spool and guide, and a wheel on an axle affi...
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Wed, 8 Aug 2012 17:35:01 PDT
Ten Commandments of Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Ten-Commandments-of-Soldering/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FTC/AVRT/H52FXGA9/FTCAVRTH52FXGA9.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTC/AVRT/H52FXGA9/FTCAVRTH52FXGA9.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FTC/AVRT/H52FXGA9/FTCAVRTH52FXGA9.SMALL.jpg BooRan The top ten rules of soldering that you should always be aware of.  Just thought they would always be good to share. Original Credit : Cooper Tools
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Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:56:00 PDT
Electronics Tips: Surface Mount Soldering By Hand http://www.instructables.com/id/Electronics-Tips-Surface-Mount-Soldering-By-Hand/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F02/JA1M/H4AGJDAR/F02JA1MH4AGJDAR.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F02/JA1M/H4AGJDAR/F02JA1MH4AGJDAR.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F02/JA1M/H4AGJDAR/F02JA1MH4AGJDAR.SMALL.jpg Makuna My tools for easy surface mount soldering: Reading Glasses - Helps seeing the small components up close Soldering Vise - Something steady to hold the board so you can use both hands with the small parts Fine Silver Solder - Surface mount components don't need a lot of solder, a fine thr...
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Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:48:02 PDT
Removing Surface mount chip components http://www.instructables.com/id/Removing-Surface-mount-chip-components/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FXE/J0OR/H4I7VJ87/FXEJ0ORH4I7VJ87.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXE/J0OR/H4I7VJ87/FXEJ0ORH4I7VJ87.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXE/J0OR/H4I7VJ87/FXEJ0ORH4I7VJ87.SMALL.jpg ColorBomb I will show you how to remove surface mount chip components. This method works for all types of chip resistors,capacitors and MELF(Metal Electrode Face) components. What is Needed 2 soldering irons solder desolder braid My camera would not take a close up of a resistor see the 2nd photo for demo ....
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Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:40:23 PDT
Cleaning up your PCB http://www.instructables.com/id/Cleaning-up-your-PCB/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FWH/YXH1/H4AG916D/FWHYXH1H4AG916D.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWH/YXH1/H4AG916D/FWHYXH1H4AG916D.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FWH/YXH1/H4AG916D/FWHYXH1H4AG916D.SMALL.jpg Dave-T I use flux for all my soldering. It tends to leave a yellow residue I am sure most people who have soldered something are familiar with. So I found an easy, and cheap, way to clean up my solder areas while I am working. You will need an acid brush (the cheap type with the tin handle), a liquid disp...
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Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:33:31 PDT
Save your components with a heat sink http://www.instructables.com/id/Save-your-components-with-a-heat-sink/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FG3/AMBE/H4DXIREM/FG3AMBEH4DXIREM.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FG3/AMBE/H4DXIREM/FG3AMBEH4DXIREM.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FG3/AMBE/H4DXIREM/FG3AMBEH4DXIREM.SMALL.jpg Dave-T Some components are more susceptible to heat from a soldering iron than others. Reed switches are particularly delicate when you're learning their heat tolerances. In order not to burn up your components, use alligator clips on the component lead as a heat sink between the soldering point and the co...
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Sun, 8 Jul 2012 18:57:31 PDT
Make Your Own Solder Dispenser http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Solder-Dispenser/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F24/P573/H4AGJ5SW/F24P573H4AGJ5SW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F24/P573/H4AGJ5SW/F24P573H4AGJ5SW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F24/P573/H4AGJ5SW/F24P573H4AGJ5SW.SMALL.jpg Jason Bedard Solder on a spool can be less than optimal for holding during soldering marathons.  Additionally, if your solder contains lead you should minimize direct contact whenever possible.  Let us then build a solder dispenser that can be held comfortably and doesn't need refilling every two minutes. The B...
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Sun, 8 Jul 2012 08:58:02 PDT
Tips for choosing the correct soldering iron tip http://www.instructables.com/id/Tips-for-choosing-the-correct-soldering-iron-tip/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F1R/WRGF/H4AGI9NC/F1RWRGFH4AGI9NC.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1R/WRGF/H4AGI9NC/F1RWRGFH4AGI9NC.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1R/WRGF/H4AGI9NC/F1RWRGFH4AGI9NC.SMALL.jpg ColorBomb I will be discussing how the choose the correct tip for the project that you are soldering. There are many different tips by many different manufactureres, some are even patented by certain manufacturers such as the z wave tip by Pace. I will be using my home setup as reference. Guidelines for choo...
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Sun, 8 Jul 2012 07:42:55 PDT
Building a Solder Station Sponge Replacement http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Solder-Station-Sponge-Replacement-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F5S/X3HD/H461OYNX/F5SX3HDH461OYNX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F5S/X3HD/H461OYNX/F5SX3HDH461OYNX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F5S/X3HD/H461OYNX/F5SX3HDH461OYNX.SMALL.jpg Makuna A replacement sponge isn’t expensive, but often they come in a quantity that I won’t use in my lifetime.  So I sought an alternative and used something that I already had around the house. While I have not yet found a local source for this sponge material, they are known as a Compressed Cellulose Sp...
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Wed, 4 Jul 2012 19:40:23 PDT
Quick & Easy DIY Solder Pot http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-Easy-DIY-Solder-Pot/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FKR/A304/H461GY2E/FKRA304H461GY2E.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKR/A304/H461GY2E/FKRA304H461GY2E.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKR/A304/H461GY2E/FKRA304H461GY2E.SMALL.jpg ProvideYourOwn If you need to tin the ends of wires, nothing beats a solder pot. The problem is a solder pot is a pretty expensive investment. You would need to have large production requirements to justify buying one. The other issue with a solder pot is that it is somewhat dangerous when it is fired up. You need...
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Wed, 4 Jul 2012 15:32:14 PDT
soldering led smd 5050 to the cable http://www.instructables.com/id/soldering-led-smd-5050-to-the-cable/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FDA/2OMQ/H461XANO/FDA2OMQH461XANO.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDA/2OMQ/H461XANO/FDA2OMQH461XANO.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDA/2OMQ/H461XANO/FDA2OMQH461XANO.SMALL.jpg anjing SMD LED 5050 has 6 pins on the body and the pin is very small. I have to connect its own tricks 5050 SMD LED with a pair of wires. The first would be easier if you clean the sixth pin on the body with a cutter or sandpaper. After you clean it you should be soldering the pins one by one in his body. ...
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Wed, 4 Jul 2012 05:50:51 PDT
Soldering Iron Tip Care http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Iron-Tip-Care/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F14/BPYJ/H461WXPE/F14BPYJH461WXPE.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F14/BPYJ/H461WXPE/F14BPYJH461WXPE.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F14/BPYJ/H461WXPE/F14BPYJH461WXPE.SMALL.jpg ProvideYourOwn The Problem: When I was younger, the tip of my soldering iron was always pitted and eaten away. It is difficult to solder with a damaged tip. I have since learned some techniques from pros that will help you keep your soldering iron tip in mint condition. Explanation: Tips corrode because of oxidat...
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Mon, 2 Jul 2012 21:51:52 PDT
Easy to make wire holder for soldering wires together http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-make-wire-holder-for-soldering-wires-toget/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F8M/G5ZR/H45WXGVB/F8MG5ZRH45WXGVB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8M/G5ZR/H45WXGVB/F8MG5ZRH45WXGVB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8M/G5ZR/H45WXGVB/F8MG5ZRH45WXGVB.SMALL.jpg Electro Modder Basically, I was having a lot of trouble with the simple task of soldering 2 wires together. It used to be a LOT harder than it seemed because you would need to hold the two wires in the right place, hold your iron in the right place, and feed solder onto the tip at the same time! So instead of grow...
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Mon, 2 Jul 2012 12:26:15 PDT
How to Easily Solder Wires to SMT LEDs http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Easily-Solder-Wires-to-SMT-LEDs/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FX1/6WEL/H401W0FF/FX16WELH401W0FF.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FX1/6WEL/H401W0FF/FX16WELH401W0FF.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FX1/6WEL/H401W0FF/FX16WELH401W0FF.SMALL.jpg ProvideYourOwn The Problem There are a lot of cool applications where you need to embed small surface mount LEDs into things like clothing, jewelry, etc. In order to do so, you need an easy way to solder small magnet wire to the tiny LEDs. There have been other attempts at making this an easy process, but I have f...
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Sun, 1 Jul 2012 23:20:31 PDT
Using Fun-Tak to Assemble PCBs http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Fun-Tak-to-Assemble-PCBs/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FO0/XZCL/H3Z3P20Y/FO0XZCLH3Z3P20Y.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FO0/XZCL/H3Z3P20Y/FO0XZCLH3Z3P20Y.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FO0/XZCL/H3Z3P20Y/FO0XZCLH3Z3P20Y.SMALL.jpg ProvideYourOwn Holding through hole components in place while you flip the board upside down is a perennial challenge. Most people suggest bending the component leads, but this is not an ideal solution. First, it only works for components with long leads; it doesn't work with IC sockets, headers, etc. Second, comp...
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Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:32:35 PDT
Emergency soldering iron http://www.instructables.com/id/Emergency-soldering-iron/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F2L/BWZK/H3Z3KFUZ/F2LBWZKH3Z3KFUZ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2L/BWZK/H3Z3KFUZ/F2LBWZKH3Z3KFUZ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F2L/BWZK/H3Z3KFUZ/F2LBWZKH3Z3KFUZ.SMALL.jpg binagun what you'l need: - pliers preferebly needle tip - a piece thin copper wire (solid network wire will do) - a lighter like so manny of us sometimes we are in a situation where we need to repair something but don't have our tools with us or the soldering iron just broke and you realy need or want to s...
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Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:30:33 PDT
Soldering Tips http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Tips/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FCV/CTI7/H401V50O/FCVCTI7H401V50O.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCV/CTI7/H401V50O/FCVCTI7H401V50O.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FCV/CTI7/H401V50O/FCVCTI7H401V50O.SMALL.jpg ddemayo When Soldering you should never push the solder into the iron you place the solder on top of the wire an slide the iron down the solder to the wire much like spreading butter onto bread. After heating up your soldering Iron tin the tip this is done by melting a small amount of solder onto the tip a...
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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:06:58 PDT
Hot glue Connections http://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-glue-Connections/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FQI/W8MP/H3XN360R/FQIW8MPH3XN360R.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQI/W8MP/H3XN360R/FQIW8MPH3XN360R.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQI/W8MP/H3XN360R/FQIW8MPH3XN360R.SMALL.jpg joshmt2012 I use hot glue to cover connections between 2 wires so that they are sealed and nothing can touch them, it is a cheap and fast way to protect you wire connections
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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:31:42 PDT
Using Hot Glue to Insulate and Support Soldering Joints http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Hot-Glue-to-Insulate-and-Support-Soldering-J/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FQW/BSJK/H3W4J94Z/FQWBSJKH3W4J94Z.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQW/BSJK/H3W4J94Z/FQWBSJKH3W4J94Z.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQW/BSJK/H3W4J94Z/FQWBSJKH3W4J94Z.SMALL.jpg amandaghassaei Hot glue is an awesome semi-permanent material for electronics, I find myself using it frequently.  It is an insulator, it sets quickly, and it can be peeled off if needed. In the first two images I show how you can use a thin layer of hot glue to insulate a breadboard.  This is useful if you are m...
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:29:55 PDT
Solder One-Handed http://www.instructables.com/id/Solder-One-Handed/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FZX/N346/H3QEXM2N/FZXN346H3QEXM2N.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZX/N346/H3QEXM2N/FZXN346H3QEXM2N.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZX/N346/H3QEXM2N/FZXN346H3QEXM2N.SMALL.jpg audreyobscura A friend of mine once said that it was impossible to solder with just one hand. I had to prove them wrong. For this I used: Solder Soldering Iron with stand Electronic Component First, collect solder with the iron, then deposit it onto a lead of a component.  Again, collect solder with the iron,...
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:58:39 PDT
Simple BC547 Transistor Tester http://www.instructables.com/id/Transistor-Tester-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ2/8Y7N/H3W5AZG7/FZ28Y7NH3W5AZG7.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ2/8Y7N/H3W5AZG7/FZ28Y7NH3W5AZG7.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ2/8Y7N/H3W5AZG7/FZ28Y7NH3W5AZG7.SMALL.jpg xenonic In this instructable I'm going to show you how to make a transistor tester. Are you going to make a project, and find a transistor anywhere and you're wondering if it does still work? You can test it with this transistor tester. First it's helpfull to know how a transistor works. Actually, a transi...
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Tue, 26 Jun 2012 05:49:44 PDT
Soldering Sockets and Header Pins on Straight http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Sockets-and-Header-Pins-on-Straight/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FYH/DWI8/H2WEXZTT/FYHDWI8H2WEXZTT.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYH/DWI8/H2WEXZTT/FYHDWI8H2WEXZTT.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYH/DWI8/H2WEXZTT/FYHDWI8H2WEXZTT.SMALL.jpg amandaghassaei Solder sockets and header pins on straight every time.  Start by soldering down only two points on a row of header pins or an ic socket, one on each side.  Then check the alignment of the pins/socket before soldering the rest of the pins down.  This way if things are not aligned you can easily rehea...
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Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:07:40 PDT
Preparing Stranded Wire for Breadboards http://www.instructables.com/id/Preparing-Stranded-Wire-for-Breadboards/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FN7/JZ2I/H2WEXSTZ/FN7JZ2IH2WEXSTZ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN7/JZ2I/H2WEXSTZ/FN7JZ2IH2WEXSTZ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FN7/JZ2I/H2WEXSTZ/FN7JZ2IH2WEXSTZ.SMALL.jpg amandaghassaei Stranded wire is great for electronics projects because it's durable and tends to be easier to solder to than solid core wire.  However, if you've ever tried to use stranded wire in a breadboard or some other type of socket, you'll know what a pain it can be.  Loose strands of wire may have even sho...
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Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:45:31 PDT
Add vacuum desoldering to X-Tronic 4040 (and others?) rework station http://www.instructables.com/id/Add-vacuum-desoldering-to-X-Tronic-4040-and-other/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FDK/0O64/H2WEYFGI/FDK0O64H2WEYFGI.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDK/0O64/H2WEYFGI/FDK0O64H2WEYFGI.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDK/0O64/H2WEYFGI/FDK0O64H2WEYFGI.SMALL.jpg HalFoster This is a relatively easy modification to make - and it works great!  It should also be able to be adapted to other rework stations that have a dedicated air inlet on their internal pump. Materials needed: 3 - 3/16" barb x 1/4" MIP hose barb adapters 1 - 1/4" FIP coupling 6' - 7/32" vacuum hose 1 ...
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Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:44:37 PDT
My homemade soldering station http://www.instructables.com/id/My-homemade-soldering-station/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F3Z/4LTP/GYUQT7YN/F3Z4LTPGYUQT7YN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3Z/4LTP/GYUQT7YN/F3Z4LTPGYUQT7YN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3Z/4LTP/GYUQT7YN/F3Z4LTPGYUQT7YN.SMALL.jpg modfi This is my homemade soldering station very useful.
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Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:04:37 PST
Using SMT chips on TTH breadboard http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-SMT-chips-on-TTH-breadboard/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F3O/I1U8/GX3M1CS5/F3OI1U8GX3M1CS5.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3O/I1U8/GX3M1CS5/F3OI1U8GX3M1CS5.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F3O/I1U8/GX3M1CS5/F3OI1U8GX3M1CS5.SMALL.jpg vitya I usually make a custom PCB for my electronic projects. Throughout development the PCB, however, changes several times. Making a custom PCB at each stage is not practical for several reasons including price, long waiting times between versions and being very wasteful. For all these reasons I use a t...
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Sat, 7 Jan 2012 09:13:00 PST
Shake and Go, Shake n Go speedway car mod: Makes them just go. http://www.instructables.com/id/Shake-and-Go-Shake-n-Go-speedway-car-mod-Makes-t/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F1M/5WGB/GWNWH8MK/F1M5WGBGWNWH8MK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1M/5WGB/GWNWH8MK/F1M5WGBGWNWH8MK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1M/5WGB/GWNWH8MK/F1M5WGBGWNWH8MK.SMALL.jpg led wiz Years ago my boys got one of the first sets, and the little one got a new Cars 2 Shake & Go raceway.  We have about 6 cars from over the years, and one of the wheel switches on one stopped working.  That was the one I thought I would experiment with.  It was such an easy mod, it took longer to ...
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Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:41:47 PST
diy soldering workstation. http://www.instructables.com/id/diy-soldering-workstation/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F8T/92T6/GU1UZFXF/F8T92T6GU1UZFXF.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8T/92T6/GU1UZFXF/F8T92T6GU1UZFXF.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8T/92T6/GU1UZFXF/F8T92T6GU1UZFXF.SMALL.jpg jmixon i have obtained an arduino, been a hacker all my life in spirit. give me something to take apart and i will. so i got a soldering iron and have learned how to use it, however the entire time i havent had a proper stand to use the thing with, so after a few drops and burns, i said i need to make som...
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Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:50:23 PDT
Improvement of make your 'helping hands' 100x more useful for soldering / gluing small parts http://www.instructables.com/id/Improvement-of-make-your-helping-hands-100x-more/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJO/IPKD/GSUT3A57/FJOIPKDGSUT3A57.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJO/IPKD/GSUT3A57/FJOIPKDGSUT3A57.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJO/IPKD/GSUT3A57/FJOIPKDGSUT3A57.SMALL.jpg Bikehikeclimb This is a reply of "make your 'helping hands' 100x more useful for soldering / gluing small parts". I took the improvements that leevonk made and made some of my own including adding heat shrink to the end of all of the screws and inside the hands to improve them so that they did not either spin, co...
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Tue, 4 Oct 2011 13:11:49 PDT
Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Iron-Tip-Cleaner/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FDE/4N7C/GRTHT03W/FDE4N7CGRTHT03W.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDE/4N7C/GRTHT03W/FDE4N7CGRTHT03W.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FDE/4N7C/GRTHT03W/FDE4N7CGRTHT03W.SMALL.jpg prosper58 So I had this problem back when I first got my soldering iron. "HOW DO I CLEAN THIS STUFF OFF OF THE TIP?!" So I researched it a bit and learned about soldering iron tip cleaners. A bit later, I found this spool of thin copper wire while scavenging a trash pile (yes, I sometimes do this). I also fou...
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Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:11:21 PDT
Home made 2.5" to 3.5" IDE converter http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-made-25-to-35-IDE-converter/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F8N/R8K8/GM552J5D/F8NR8K8GM552J5D.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8N/R8K8/GM552J5D/F8NR8K8GM552J5D.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8N/R8K8/GM552J5D/F8NR8K8GM552J5D.SMALL.jpg zack247 So I needed a hard drive for a project and all I had was a 60GB 2.5" IDE one, unfortunately this project used a standard IDE cable and I don't have/don't want a 2.53.5 inch converter. So I wasted an afternoon soldering 44 tiny wires onto a connector. I went to this link to find out how the 44 pin 2...
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Wed, 6 Apr 2011 23:12:06 PDT
buzz wire game http://www.instructables.com/id/small-buzz-wire-game/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F35/S5PN/GL4Z6T3U/F35S5PNGL4Z6T3U.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F35/S5PN/GL4Z6T3U/F35S5PNGL4Z6T3U.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F35/S5PN/GL4Z6T3U/F35S5PNGL4Z6T3U.SMALL.jpg David97 I made this as a school project 2 years ago and thought I would post pictures. The led has a time delay to turn off so it takes about 2 minuets to turn off unless you push the reset button (disugised as led). The battery holder is meant to be inside but I left it hanging out so I could use it + use ...
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Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:28:15 PDT
Simple Portable Helping Hands For Soldering http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Portable-Helping-Hands-For-Soldering/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FVL/BIU3/GKTJNY54/FVLBIU3GKTJNY54.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FVL/BIU3/GKTJNY54/FVLBIU3GKTJNY54.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FVL/BIU3/GKTJNY54/FVLBIU3GKTJNY54.SMALL.jpg H4ZZ498 These helping hands are so simple they don't need a step by step. They fold flat for portability. All you need is some stiff wire (and cutters), two crocodile clips, some solder and a soldering iron. One long(ish) piece of the wire forms the body and one arm. Make a small spiral at one end for it t...
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Sat, 5 Mar 2011 14:05:10 PST