D.i.y.: Custom-tips for Soldering-iron

Introduction: D.i.y.: Custom-tips for Soldering-iron

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a lot of times the tips that come with solder-irons just dont cut it. just make your own. really a ton of material works. here i use the lid of a fish-can (although copper would be better, but i will make a quick & dirt ´knife´-tip for plastic-welding).

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__ NOTE: photo above, right, a close-up from a new tip, see UPDATE below

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Supplies

needed:
_ a solder-iron (nobrainer)

_ some kind of (thin) tin - (or just bang down some metal)

_ pliers

Step 1: Create a Piece of ´tube´ From Some Tin

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_ cut a strip of metal-tin >

_ roll it up with pliers into a ´tube´ the size of the heating-coil of the iron >

_ flatten the end of the tube/tip; cut/file/grind in into any shape you wish >

_ connect tip with iron, ready

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Step 2: Done

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(above: parts before assembly)

thank to all.

bowing.

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Step 3: Update Jun/25

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quick add-on. made a rather fat tip today. made of fishcan/tin. please ask if you have any questions and i´ll post additional info. tschuess.

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    5 Comments

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    jgroenert
    jgroenert

    Question 2 days ago on Step 3

    It looks like you changed the nut that secures the tube that goes over the new tip. Were you able to find that easily at a hardware store?

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    ripperman2
    ripperman2

    1 year ago

    I've used a soldering iron for more than 30 years. Now I'm retired and am looking for ways to use my old "skills". I never thought about making my own tips and wish I had simply done as you did! Make it! Clever, useful, and a great help. This and using glue sticks will be fun! Thank you!

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    la xerra
    la xerra

    Reply 1 year ago

    hi ripper, yes, make your own... just play around.... btw, "30 years", its never too late! i started rockclimbing at 50, always wanted to do it as a kid. then i moved to the mountains in spain, and started. and i still suck at it - but its one of the best thinkgs i ever got into. good luck with your tips, post some results if you feel like. thanks for posting.

    ps, the glue stuff you refer to (maybe someone who stumbles upon that here can make use of it somehow):

    https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Glue-Stuff-With-a-Soldering-iron/

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    audreyobscura
    audreyobscura

    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your soldering tip tips!

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    la xerra
    la xerra

    Reply 2 years ago

    thanks to you for flying by