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Other than being really careful, how can I keep myself from burning myself on a soldering iron? Answered

I tried wearing garden gloves, but that was just too bulky,


"Being really careful" really is the right answer. You need to be really careful in order to to make clean and accurate solder joints;  in the process of learning that, you will learn how to handle the iron safely.

Always assume it is hot until proven otherwise.

Get a decent soldering-iron stand, which will hold the iron out of the way when you aren't using it. (Yes, I often work without one, but they really are worth the couple of bucks they cost.)

It really shouldn't be any harder to learn how to use a soldering iron safely than it was to learn how to use a stove safely.

Don't use gobs and gobs of solder - it can fall off the gun and burn ya.

You need to be careful. Don't ask how to cope with carelessness.


That's not very nice; they asked for tips on how not to get burned *other* than taking extra care, not *instead* of it.

People need to learn, like falling off bikes, getting burned, banging your head, trapping your fingers in doors. It's not for other people to attempt to teach what is largely common-sense. The current best answer is along the same lines.
Hot object, needs care - have you any good suggestions otherwise?


I do.

Answering the original question - which is ways to make soldering safer aside from being careful, which is explicitly stated as a given.

For example, Orksecurity suggested getting a stand - in *addition* to being careful.

Coat your fingers in barbecue sauce.  Then if you do burn yourself, you have a tasty snack.

Carelessness has only one cure- BE CAREFUL!!!!

DON'T TOUCH THE HOT END ! How can you possibly burn yourself if you hold the cold bit ? 

Well, I've seen some cheapies which were inadequately insulated, so "the cold end" got hotter than it should. The right solution in that case is to unplug, let it cool down, then throw it in the trash and buy something better.

Then I guess oven mits arent an option then : /
There are other, less bulky gloves out there. 
Maybe a pair of leather gloves?  It really depends on how flame resistant you need these gloves to be.  Leather won't protect your hands from prolonged exposure to a flame, but it would defenatly help for a second or two.
I don't expect you to be purposely sticking your hand in a flame, no?

When not holding it place it in a GUARDED holder.  One that has a shield around the hot end.  Look when you are picking it up. 

Pre-straighten a length of solder prior to application and feed it only as fast as it will melt.

Use thicker solder for applications requiring large amounts of solder and thinner for those that don't..

I use three basic thicknesses, from 0.015" ( ~0.4mm) to 0.060" (~1.6mm) for most electronics soldering.

Don't plug it in.  You wont burn yourself everytime!