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can i soldier on with my soldering? Answered

i was give a gift of a soldering iron, it came with a crappy little stand, so im making one i saw here, and a little coil of soldering wire..but while checking out various "how tos" i keep seeing flux...it didnt come with flux...for flux sake....do i NEED to use flux? is ther a substitute?

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XOIIO (author)2009-06-14

One thing nobody here has mentioned is that flux de-oxidizes the metal you are going to solder. Basically, it cleans oxygen residue and corrosion. You don't need it, but it helps a lot. You can get a good sized roll from The Source, or you may have Radio Shack, for 10 dollars. You can also get some at B+E Electronics, an industrial supplier for around 15 dollars. Hope I helped!

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XOIIO (author)XOIIO2009-06-14

By the way, you can buy flux pens for around 15-20 dollars, we used it when i was auditing a course at kelsey, and the solder i was talking about is Flux core solder, which has it in it. With the flux pen you just apply it to the joint/ wires ahead of time. If you get a flux pen, get a water soluble, PH neutral one, which is made for soldering electronics, not welding. The one i have is model #2331-zx, the brand name is Kester, it has a shelf life of 2 years. Ity works great for any soldering job. Hope this helped!

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thematthatter (author)2009-06-14

flux protects the solder from air when its melted or else it would oxidize and become brittle. If you have electrical solder it should have a flux core, if you got plumbing solder then you have to apply the solder as a paste.

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Plasmana (author)2009-06-14

Flux makes the solder "wet" therefor making it flow well on some types of metals and giving it a better joint. Most solder wire now comes with a flux core, so you don't need to buy flux.

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Kiteman (author)2009-06-14

Flux is material that helps the solder melt and spread through the joint.

You can get solder with flux "built in", or as a paste you use along with the solder.

Solder with flux in it is far easier to use for a novice.

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thecookiemonster (author)2009-06-14

no you dont need it, it just helps the solder to flow better onto the joint!!! most solders come with a flux core, check if yours says its flux cored, if not you can buy it but there is no subsuite!!! hope this helped!!! cm

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