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is this good rookie soldering tool?

Is this good for a rookie solderer ? my dad is going to take me to ace hardware so i can buy a soldering iron so i have to pick one quick so i know what to get when i get there so isthis a good starter kit

Question by albylovesscience    |  last reply


Good soldering tools for a beginner?? Answered

I'm planning on making a solar powered USB charger, however i have no soldering tools. Would a RadioShack kit be suitable(and if so which one)? Also a circuit made of just wires and components wouldn't last very long. Is there anything i can put it on?

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i need a soldering iron?

High quality, decently priced

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how do I repair my soldering iron? Answered

The two wires from solder tip to the a/c cord broke,are they suppose to touch or are they seperate from each other?

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What is the plastic tool that came in my solder kit? Answered

Hey guys, i just bought a solder kit.  This one to be exact.  There is a little plastic tool that I cant figure out what it is supposed to be used for.  It has two tips, one pointed, and one that is "forked" .  Can somebody tell me what it is?  I've been looking at soldering videos and cant find what this tool is. Thank!

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solder tips save

Hello,everybody,do you need any tools?do you have ever repairing your mobile phone or cell phone? Now in here,you can do that,you can DIY your phone,bakutools is what your best choice,if you need that, contact with me,my mail address:baku01@bakutools.com ,come one,do not miss it,here have all the tools what you need,you can serach my images that i uploaded here,thank you.

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SOLDERING / ELECTRONICS/ PROJECTS

If you have a soldering iron, or in my case a soldering station, tell me how you use it and what you make with it! I really need some new projects i'm all out of ideas. just another quick question, has anyone ever heard of a store called active? it is the best store in the world for electronics,tools, components etc.

Topic by rickick    |  last reply


Beginner in Soldering, HELP!

I want to get into soldering and circuit boards, but i dont know what to do first. I HAVE soldered before, but it was only a couple little things in woodshop (we were making a clock) and i didnt understand what i was doing, i was just following instructions. So any input would be greatly appreciated! Can you guys recommend a decent soldering station around the $50-70 range. What about tutorials, i want tutorials on ANYTHING that has to do with soldering, but nothing to overwhelming, remember im just a beginner. some tutorials i would appreciate are: -soldering (of course) -reading schematics -the theorys (ohms law, and all that good stuff) -practice projects (projects that show you how things work) -and basically anything that you think is helpful besides soldering station, what other tools are necessary? and do you have any recommendations for those tools.

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I want to know what you electronic tools you like to use?

This can include things like soldering irons, pliers, saw, etc. Please include what it is and who makes it. I would like to more into making electronic related thing and would like to know what other people like to use.

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Desoldering without the right tools.

I am interested in desoldering a few things to get some parts.  However I bought desoldering braid quite a while ago and have no idea where it is.  I do not have the money to buy a pump (no matter how cheap it may be).  So I was wondering if there was anything else I could use or do.  I do own a soldering iron. I am just playing around with a few project ideas with electronics I had laying around and a few things I have taken out of the garbage.

Topic by jcaresheets    |  last reply


soldering alternatives - conductive glue, soldering paste ...?

------------------------------------------------------------ SOLDERING ALTERNATIVES - CONDUCTIVE GLUE/SOLDERING PASTE ... ? i am looking for a reliable, not-too-expensive alternative for soldering connections & found conductive glue/paste products as listed in the following; .... i assume that there is nothing that really replaces soldering but would like to know, if you probably tested any of these or may recommend a specific product suitable for "sticking" components onto pcb's ... any hint is highly appreciated! ------------------------------------------------------------ PRODUCTS http://de.rs-online.com/web/c/?searchTerm=loet+paste&sra;=oss solder paste/solder glue ... based on silver http://www.ponoko.com/make-and-sell/show-hardware/2201-a-solder-paste-50g-leaded?source_node=ponoko_united_states#main-image solder paste ... needs heat to harden out, cheaper than silver based glue http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/b70c/ "Wire Glue" ... does not need heat to harden out, based on graphite powder, cheapest of all i found so far https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Conductive-Glue-and-Glue-a-Circuit/ ... selfmade, based on graphite powder ------------------------------------------------------------ TESTS/RATINGS/COMMENTS http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?70,21723 "Wire Glue" ... it's consistence might be too brittle, using additional expoxy might make up with this issue

Question by marc_is_curious    |  last reply


Soldering Iron advice?

Hello, I'm shopping for a new soldering iron and I was hoping for some advice or recommendations. I'm a professional auto tech, and do plenty of soldering there, but I'm getting back into electronics stuff for a hobby. My butane iron is fine for work, but I need a better iron for boards and the like.  Do you think its too early to get a temp control iron? Would a nice stand alone iron suffice for now? I'm not afraid to spend some money on a nice station but $100 is around the max I could budget now. My tool guy at work deals with Weller, so that would be convenient for a tad pricier set up. I'm greatful for any advice or help, and hope to have a project on here soon. Thank you

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what are you getting for christmas? tools?

Just wondering what you guys are getting for christmas. is there any new cool tools out? cheap? i am getting the dremel stylus, by the way is it good? i am also getting a tool box kit. (soldering iron, pliers, etc)

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NEW ELECTRONICS TOOLS BUY HELP? Answered

I am going to start building projects from here (instructables).So i need a toolkit but i am unsure what i need.But I think this will do: A voltmeter or multimeter - Digital or analog i am confused A soldering iron - i already have this A screwdriver set A Drilling machine - I think Bosch would be nice but which one impact or regular and wired or wireless. And am i missing anything above......and hey whats a hot glue gun.Bosch has that but do i really need it? I am not going for big projects so i don't need a router or sander. Does any1 know what are the types of blank circuit boards i mean the circuit boards which do not have any components soldered on. I got a PCB yesterday which had all the holes each row connected to each other by copper strip....that makes things very hard.....And how do i get a third hand in INDIA.... I liked rstraugh's Third hand www.instructables.com/id/Third-Hand-A-multi-use-helping-hand-for-electro/ But the thing are not available in India easily.So can anyone suggest me an easy one.

Question by pratyushpmhptr    |  last reply


Soldering sterling silver jump rings

Hello. I started working with metals, stones and beads in the summer. I think I am ready to solder as I am tired of some pieces falling apart. I make large jump rings and need to solder them. I saw the instruction on soldering on this website and bought all the tools today. I suppose I am a bit nervous about working with a flame. Could anyone share their experiences when they started to solder? Thanks. Tracey

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What are the basic tools I need?

I have a list of the basic tools I will need for this. If you can add anything that would be great. 1.LEDs 2.Wire 3.Duck Tape 4.Soldering Station 5.Persision Screwdriver 6.Razor Knife 7.O-Rings 8.Springs 9.Batterys 10.Needle Nose Pliers 11.Clamps 12.Screwdriver Any other suggestions would be great. Thanks.

Topic by amature engineer    |  last reply


What do I need to get started in electronics?

I want to get started in electronics (for fun right now, when I'm eighteen I plan on studying computers and things like that because I would like computer repair and such to be my career) However, I know very, very little about electronics right now. I've already learned quite a bit about the more basic things just from reading some technology instructables on this site (thanks!) but to actually do the projects (mostly things involving LEDs, bots, and things like that) what types of tools do I need to have on hand? I figure I need a soldering iron, but otherwise I'm pretty clueless as to how to get started here. I learn A LOT better when things are hands on rather than reading from books so I think the projects on this site would be a good starting point. There will be plenty of time later for me to get more serious in this.  So other than a soldering iron and wires, what other things would be good for me to have on hand to get started with electronics?

Question by lennielectric    |  last reply


What soldering station do I get?

Ok, all, I've got a good one for you, and I'm sure all the diehard fans are gonna come out of the woodwork.  I've been looking for some time for a decent soldering station that I can start doing PCB/fine work with.  I used to have a Weller digital rework station a long time ago, but don't know what might be good now.  I've gotten back into doing small work, such as SMC, XBee, Arduino, rework, and the like, almost all on a very small scale, and I've pushed the Radio Shack special I've got to the limit, and managed to brick two routers. I need to know your opinions, on stations ranging up to $300 (preferably around $100 to $200), that would be good for me.  I know that this is more than likely going to upset many in the 'ible community, being willing to spend that much, but when I get started doing some of this major device hacking, I'm going to start putting my stuff up here.  I'm looking forward to a lot of cool stuff, but can't get it done without the right tools.  There are too many different stations out there, and not enough reviews, especially after searching for nearly a month.  Can anyone help?

Topic by tmoore4748    |  last reply


Soldering Sterling Silver and/or Sterling Silver Plated jump rings?

What tool should be used to solder ss and/or ssp jump rings - torch or iron?

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Building an ultrasonic soldering station ?

I have some strage projects coming up that will require me to solder things together that usually don't really like this.In my past job this was quite easy as we had an ultrasonic soldering bath and several ultrasonic soldering stations.Well, the access to those is gone :(At first I thought "How hard can it be to build one?"Not really too hard for a half decent soldering bath but a lot harder for a soldering iron...The soldering stations we used operated in the range of 50-60kHz.Commonly available transducers and their drivers however you find for 28 and 40kHz.Finding small ones in the range of 10 to 20W is also not easy.I can deal with a soldering iron that ends up in the size of a 500W wood burning iron as long as the tip is replacable.But what are the frequencies really required to solder for example on ceramic, titanium or lab grade glass?Does anyone have experience with doing this on lower frequencies than what the professional stations use?Last but not least:Is there any software available (preferably free or as an online tool) to simulate the quite long feed horn that is required with a soldering tip?Going with 1/4 wavelenghts is logical but how could I get the info on the actual shape required without simulating it first?I was thinking of using a heater cartridge like used for the hotend on a 3D printer to heat the tip.However, tests on my ultrasonic actuator showed the entire thing disintegrates within a few minutes, at least the filler and "glue" used to hold it all together.Would a free standing heating coil around the tip work?Heat transfer would be a pain and losses high, but should be possible?In case you wonder why: I just don't ave the thausands of dollars at hand required to buy one of these soldering stations....

Question by Downunder35m    |  last reply


what is the easiest way to learn how to wire LED's?

I need to learn how to wire led lights, figure out resistors (how many do i need and where to put them)im not the sharpest tool in the shed, so the simpler explenation the better.

Question by darkside3131    |  last reply


lets trade kits

I will trade for your random parts i mostly very big LED's or LED displays or any electronics you dont need that are in OK or acceptable condition for upcoming school science fair (don't live near radio shack) i will trade my electronics kit to you it includes.2-POSITION ROTARY SWITCH condition=mint about the size=of the tip of your thumb to the middle joint.3 pin stereo jack 2 peices condition=mintsize= of a nickel.mono and disk capacitor condition=OK (sightly scratched leads)1 film capacitor condition=mint1 resistor 260 Ohms condition=good1 toroid with copper wire 1 without condition=mintsize= 2cm in circumferencesize=a dimeIR RECEIVER FOR REMOTE CONTROL condition=okand 5 other unknown peices (sensors and capacitors)

Topic by albylovesscience    |  last reply


Portable Soldering Station Case Ideas.

Hello instructables users! I need your help with a project. I need to be able to use my soldering stations at a different place, (besides my workshop) frequently. My soldering stations are tools that I use everyday on projects and such. I need a case that allows me to easily travel with them and use them easily without having to unpack them everyday between the other places and my workshop. Thanks! P.S. My soldering stations are the following: http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-Soldering-Station-FX-888/dp/B004M3U0VU www.amazon.com/REWORK-SOLDERING-IRON-STATION-852D/dp/B004ZB9D4O/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie;=UTF8&qid;=1329018835&sr;=1-1

Topic by Robot Lover    |  last reply


Help me with my school project! Take my Survey - Soldering Iron Redesign

Hi guys, I'm looking for some help on project. I've been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users.  I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and I'll gear my improvements towards their needs.  My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort.  I also hope to gain some insight into people's initial reaction to the tool and it's function if it's a completely new object for them.  I have posted a survey as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of experience. Thank you for your help!  Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Did you have any concerns about safety when you first used a soldering iron? 3. Did you ever burn yourself? 4. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 5. Did you find the soldering iron awkward to hold because of the weight of the cable dangling out the back? 6. On a scale of 1 -5 how comfortable is it to hold and use? (5 being very comfortable). Any particular reason? 7. Would making the soldering iron more comfortable and secure to hold give you more confidence when soldering? 8. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help!  Justin  

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Can't figure out simple kitchen tool

I hope someone can give me some ideas on this.  I want to make a dough cutter/cookie cutter grid. It would cut 1/2 inch squares and the grid would be at least 12" x 18" (864 squares-like a checkerboard).  If that's not feasible, then a tool that would cut 1/2" strips, and I would turn it to make the squares. I'm thinking the cutting material would be aluminum (which isn't easy to solder).   Thanks for any suggestions.

Topic by Seabreeze13    |  last reply


How can I make a permanent circuit (from a prototype on a breadboard) without soldering?

Due to a chronic illness, I have bad tremor and some involuntary movements, so for the moment I am avoiding dangerous power tools and soldering (I randomly throw things on the floor and don't want to start a fire!). I have been experimenting with simple circuits on a breadboard, as well as Arduino (microcontroller) projects. Once I get a prototype working on the breadboard, how can i convert it to a more durable form for actual use? I have thought of attaching components to styrofoam and connecting the wires on the back with electrical tape, but I am sure there are better ways... For my current project, the circuit will be quite small and will eventually be hidden inside a crocheted animal, but it will need either the arduino or at least a radio (xbee).

Question by mniss    |  last reply


Can someone tell me if this idea will work.?

I am wanting to make a low powered soldering iron and I want to find out if using a sudden burst of elecricity from some sort of capacitor would be able to melt the solder. I have all the tools to make it but I dont know if it would work. Thank you in advance.

Question by nattyclem    |  last reply


Tools to get when learning/playing around with electronics???

Hi.   I've recently started making small electronic projects, first starting with a pack I bought from an electronics store that pretty much comes with all I need (resistors, transistors, springs, wires, batteries etc) it's fairly amateurish and for a beginner. But I have some more involved things i would like to start.. and a few little things lying around I would like to play with, take apart and salvage for working parts etc.. So I am at the stage now of wanting/needing tools for jobs. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with a list of things I would need? The electronics repair kits I have found on the internet usually cover computer repair/electronic repair tools for around $80 including screwdrivers, pliers, alligator clips, torch, and soldering iron kit etc... and I have considered buying an all in one kit liked his but if I was too just buy a few things at a time what would be the things I should get first? I'm hoping to over time build up a large collection of quality tools for future long term list so I don't really want anything cheap. And safety is definitely a factor.  If anyone had any idea's or could help that would be great, Thanks. Vulnic

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Help with school project!

Hi guys,  I am an industrial design student at the University of Alberta in Canada looking for some help for my project. I have been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users in the specified market. In this case, I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and gear my improvements towards their needs. My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort. I have posted some questions as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of skill level. Thank you for your help! Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Which type of soldering iron do you use? The gun shaped one or the pen type? 3. In what environment / setting do you use it most? eg. workbench, kitchen table. 4. What were some of the needs you had for the too and were they metl? (Needs meaning minimum expectations, without which the product would be a failure) 5. What were some of the wants you had for the tool? 6. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 7. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help!  Justin

Topic by jchan3ualberta  


Questions from a beginner in electronics/DIY.

Hey all! I am trying to get started in electronics and don't know how to begin. I have done some basic soldering and junk and made really basic stuff but i want to actually learn about electronics. I want to learn how a transistor amplifies current and how to design a circuit to do a task on my own. I want to do projects as a move along but the Make book on beginning electronics isn't what i am looking for, for one it is really expensive to get the pieces with it and second i also want the theory behind it not just the how to build. I hear The Art of Electronics is good but it is over 1000 pages and most of it is extremely bland! I just want a good couple hundred page book that will teach me all the basics of electronics as well as show me some neat projects to do. (also what should i buy after i master the basics?) I also want to know how you guys got your workshops up and running. I see so many posts about people just casually saying that they took their dremmel to a sheet of plexiglass. I don't own any plexiglass and i sure as hell don't own a dremmel. I feel like there are SO many cool projects that i simply will never be able to build because it reuires a custom made wodden box, or this or that, what have you. How do most people on here think of that? Do you guys all have workshops will all these tools? How does a beginner go about not getting overwhelmed when a neat project calls for some custom made piece and thinks "well there goes that project! I will NEVER be able to make one of those! I dont have the machining experience or the tools!"? My third question is what tools i will need to get into electronics. I have a soldering iron but i don't know what else i should get. The obvious tools are multimeter, wire cutters, wire strippers, etc. What are the best brands and where do i get these? What do i do about components? Do you guys just have a place where you have all your components that you might need on hand and only order specific ones? For instance, should i order a bunch of transistors, capacitors, potentiometers, etc and just organize them so i have them to pull out when a project calls for it? Or should i do things on a project-by-project basis? Also how do you organize all your components? What are some good commercial organization bins and what techniques do you guys use? (preferably i want a drawer-type organization, not a bag type). Also should i purchase and arduino? I am not new to programming (i know C, and Python) but is it the right time to purchase one as a beginner? I see all this talk about using a specific "shield" for a project and i get uncomfortable thinking that i can't do anything with just and arduino. Also i dont want to have to dismantle a project if it relies on a microcontroller but I really dont want to have to buy an arduino for each project i do! How do you reconcile this? Sorry for so many questions but i am excited to get started

Topic by um0123    |  last reply


How to Fix a Broken Pipe Inside a Wall

Here's a quick photo-essay about my Sunday afternoon: An outside hose bibb was leaking around the handle, so I decided to replace it. * I couldn't remove the old hose bibb from a piece of galvanized pipe, so I removed the pipe too, and found what looked like a brass fitting inside the wall. * Once I had installed a new length of pipe and hose bibb, I turned the house water back on, and heard it leaking inside the wall. Thinking I hadn't tightened it enough, I really beared down and gave the bibb/pipe combo a good crank to seal the connection in the wall. That's when I felt a pipe inside the wall break, and heard water start blasting inside the wall. *Fortunately, I have access to the other side of the wall through the garage, so I cut a hole and installed a valve upstream of the break. I didn't have time to do a full repair and re-route the pipe outside, so that's where I've left it for now. It took three separate trips to Home Depot -- represented above by *'s -- which seems about average for me and plumbing disasters. Things I could have learned: try to remove the broken item before going to get parts. That would have saved one trip to get the additional length of pipe. I don't think I've ever soldered copper pipes in a non-emergency setting. Last time, our hot water heater failed the day before my parents arrived for a week's stay. If you'd like to do your own plumbing, I strongly recommend learning to solder on a project that doesn't require the water to the entire house to be off.Thanks to zachninme for taking photos!2008-08-31 Update: Since I know everyone is dying to know how this turned out, I've add a few more pictures. With the right tools and parts in hand, I replaced everything from the broken copper pipe out to the hose bid, and removed the valve inside the wall. The tricky part was mounting a brass 1/2 NPT female to copper 1/2 elbow. Originally, this piece was nailed into a stud and then the copper was soldered on before the walls were finished. I didn't want to make a big hole in the stucco on the exterior wall and I couldn't safely get my torch into the confined space, so I soldered some copper elbows onto this brass elbow and then mounted it with machine screws coming in from behind through the stud (screw heads on the inside where I could access them through the hole in the drywall, and bolts on the other side with the brass elbow where I positioned and tightened them by feel).Having opened a plumbing battle on this front, I decided to fix a bunch of other plumbing problems around the house, which I'll write about shortly in an Instructable.

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Could really use an instructable on how to solder copper and/or brass?

I have tried for a long to find a tutorial on how to do classic copper and brass soldering. I mean, is it anything like electronics soldering, at which i am fairly apt at? Do you use a a rod or a torch? ...How to mend a broken copperpipe? make the most classic pipejoints? How to mend a broken brass lamp that has lost a thingie? What kind of solder does one use for different materials? In all it's simplicity I am looking for an entrance level tutorial into the subject, explaining what basic tools one need and outlining how to do a few simple things.

Question by deepcore    |  last reply


Help with school project. Redesigning soldering iron for beginners.

Hi guys,  I am an industrial design student at the University of Alberta in Canada looking for some help for my project. I have been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users in the specified market. In this case, I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and gear my improvements towards their needs. My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort. I have posted some questions as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of skill level. Thank you for your help! Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Which type of soldering iron do you use? The gun shaped one or the pen type? 3. In what environment / setting do you use it most? eg. workbench, kitchen table. 4. What were some of the needs you had for the too and were they metl? (Needs meaning minimum expectations, without which the product would be a failure) 5. What were some of the wants you had for the tool? 6. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 7. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help! Justin 

Question by jchan3ualberta    |  last reply


Threaded Brass Inserts, 6-32, Sonic Weld, Press or Solder.

Add threads to new projects as well as modify or repair existing products. If the plastic you are using can be melted with a soldering iron you can place the insert on the part you want to add threads to. Then heat the insert with a soldering iron and press in to the part as the insert melts the plastic. Try with and without pilot hole. Excess plastic can be cleaned up with a dremel tool. You can also try soldering the inserts to the surface of metals that can be soldered such as copper and brass. Add these as threaded standoffs by soldering to bare copper on you circuit boards. Just the right color for steam punk projects. This part can be pressed into some materials with the right size pilot hole. Get them here: 50 pieces for $9.00. Free shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Pieces-Brass-Threaded-Insert-6-32-Ships-Free-/130947172652?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item1e7d0f492c#ht_96wt_1084   12 pieces for $5.50 http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-Pieces-6-32-Brass-Threaded-Insert-Free-Shipping-/130947489203?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item1e7d141db3#ht_115wt_1084

Topic by luxstar    |  last reply


Soldering/brazing/welding steel, bicycle chains?

Hi, i am working on a project (in Vienna, Austria), and a part of that process will be that i would have to clean a bunch of used bicycle chains and create other, rather smaller objects out of them. they dont have to hold a lot of weight, they vary from 4 to 6 chainlinks or so. At the end I think I will have between 50 and 100 maybe 200 pieces, so it's not an industrial amount but not a single few pieces either. FYI: bicycle chains are made from steel, they are not stainless steel, usually its chromed, there is nickel in it, so when its used they surfaces are often damaged, so it has rust on the surface as well. it has really small hidden parts where grease, dirt and rust stays hidden and stuck too. For the cleaning: I have been cleaning chains to create prototypes and individualised pieces so far with Terpentine and experimented with other types of Degreasers, Soaps, with toothbrush method:) and rags, also other kinds of paint thinners (terpentine doesnt smell so bad, but still removed a fair amount of grease dirt and rust) Degreasers are not very effective, soap and toothbrush and rags take a lot of time. Soaking in terpentine helps but its still time consuming. I havent tried aceton yet. Vinegar and stuff like this dont seem to be so effective either... For assembling/connecting: I have used for individual pieces chain tools (putting a small pressure on the chain link pins, so they are not flexible anymore (as chains supposed to be normally) and then forced bending them in the position they should be in. This is stable enough for the stuff I want to do (they are only decorational) but it's a lot of work, takes a really long time. I did welding too (MIG), but the plates are individual pieces, it doesnt weld so nicely, or its not so easy, and I dont have my own welding machine in my workshop space, I have one in a different place i can use, but i dont want to invest and buy one just for this, and it would be nice if I could do the whole project in my own space, and i wouldnt have to transport so much stuff all the time back and forth... and it's not necessary to have it that strong as i can actually get it with welding, because it doesnt have to be that resistant, doesnt have to hold so much weight, as they are going to be only smaller decorational objects anyway. Ideas and tips that came up, havent been tried yet though, or didnt really work yet: - soldering: with gas flame (torch) and simple solder. i tried shortly, didnt really work though, didnt connect, maybe i give it a try again, not sure what i did wrong though, maybe its just not the right method? - using screw glue (not sure if thats the right name in english:) rather smaller amounts or transparent ones, applying it at the inside points, so it still looks nice. - i havent tried epoxy and i am not a huge fan of the idea, but i dont know enough about the costs, process and the environmental effects of it... - it is an option also to use some temporarily working, not very great but cheap and fast method for assembly as preparation and then just quickly fill holes by welding, i thought about trying soldering or screw glue before welding and just zack, zack zack weld them one bye one, it would be easier if they are somehow already fixed in the position they should be in (as they are small and very flexible pieces of metal otherwise), problem is though that whatever i use as preparation, will be quickly burned by welding, which is in terms of environmental effects not so great, but also has aestetical consequences i guess. - i just read about brazing, i am not sure yet what i would need for it, for smaller stuff, what is the difference between brazing and soldering exactly and how well it would work, what are the costs of investment etc. - for cleaning: one idea i havent tried, just read about it is sandblasting. I would probably have to ask some company to do that, as i really cant afford to invest much more money in equipment right now, not sure if i even have the right space for that, and it seems anyway for 50 or 100 pieces disproportionate somehow. I would like to use a method that is not too bad in terms on enviromental-friendlyness or how to say, not very damaging or too bad chemically etc. it would be important that whatever i do, the endresult: - holds more or less - looks nice, either invisible the parts or things, materials i add so it holds, or it has the same colour/material like some kind of metal. it can be that i will paint it over with some metal silver colour at the end if necessary, for having a consistent colour surface, or to prevent from rusting afterwards. - should be cheap during the process, so low running costs and more or less environmental friendly, and preferably some method to use tools that are cheap or i have access to, not very expensive to invest. - i prefer to do things by myself and not outsource the process to companies unless it has big advantages (like for example if it turns out sandblasting is cheap and really environmental friendly i would consider it actually:))) i am really happy for any tips on these things, before i spend more money on stuff just to try it out and find out it's stupid, or not what i need, not what i am looking for:)

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9 Volt battery powered heating element that is small and can reaches 380 degrees F

I would like the heating element along with the battery to fit into an Altoids tin. I have copper wire (.064 gage), nichrome wire (low gage), stainless steel wire (.064 gage), 304 stainless steel wire mesh, and many tools including a soldering iron. I would be willing to use a smaller battery as well which would be even better. Ideally it would be able to power a LED light as well. Hope you guys can help, feel free to email me if there are any further questions.  

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Another Newbie xD

So... im the new one here.. i want to make something simple... with leds.... xD that would require lots of skill :> i got leds resistors....soldering kit and othere tools xD any ideas for newbie ? :>

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Wire Wrap Gemstone Tutorials. I need wire wrap instruction for cabochons and faceted gemstones,.

I need information on basic techniques for wire wrapping faceted gemstones and cabochons, plus materials and specialized tools if necessary. I have basic skills including soldering.

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i want to make some jewelery flowers with coloured leds. how can i do this?, i can solder and follow simple diagrams.

I had basic electronic skills years ago but now i have lost it all. So i can pick up on simple diagrams etc. I have tools for normal and silver soldering and have precious metal clay somewhere and sheet silver. I want to make flowers with coloured leds in the center but have no idea how to assemble or even power such a thing.

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Cordless drill power supply

I am using an EFUEL 30amp 18volt 540watt (model sk-200013)  power supply to power my Ridgid cordless tools. A dead battery was gutted and a power cord was soldered onto the circuit board inside the battery enclosure. My problem is that I encounter an OCP (overcurrent protection) error if I do not slowly power up my tools. I can live with this except for tools that are not variable speed (circular saw). If a Ridgid cordless tool demands full power at start up then the OCP error condition is triggered. My question is that I have heard that the installation of an external capacitor will eliminate the ripple effect and smooth out the power demand on the power supply so that any tool used at 100% demand at start up  will work without causing the OCP error condition. Is this correct? If so, can anyone tell me the type and value of the capacitor to use? Any help is appreciated. JEM213

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What's the most cheapest way to flash programs onto a DSP chip?

I'm thinking of using the C5000 series, or possibly some other low power chip. Would taking something like the eZDSP USB tool, removing the soldered chip and putting a socket in it's place be a good idea? Thanks!

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Skills every instructabler should know

These are the skills I think every instructabler should know. Proper English grammar and spelling Survival skills Using common tools (drill, dermal, soldering,etc.) Basic rope and knot skills Being resourceful Programing in a programing language Basic Camera skills Have a social life

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Knick-Knacks For Setting up an Electronics Bench

I've decided to start doing some fiddling around with circuit board electronics such as arduino and LEDs. I've got the basic tools e.g. soldering iron, helping hands, solder, etc. I'm planning on getting a temp control.  However, I know from long experience in tech matters that there are always some little "knick-knacks" that you always end up needing. For example, in most basic machine repair, you always find you need an assortment of screws, bolts, nuts and washers around if you don't want to have to go to the hardware store twice a day.  So what kind of little fiddling things should I look at getting that the more experienced might have on hand without thinking about. Are there tapes, wires, odd little tools, collections of components etc that are useful but no obvious to novices? Is there something you'd wish you had when you first started?  Heh, I am afraid I don't know exactly what to ask for because I'm asking about things I don't know to ask for.  

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Where do I start with Electronics?

Hello everyone, I'm a sophomore in Electrical Engineering and I have only really taken one EE class so far. We used a breadboard to do some very basic logic circuits, but nothing past that really. We also did some work on MultiSim, but that was about the extent of our lab work. I've been viewing this site regularly for quite a while now, but I haven't been able to do many of the projects because I felt like I didn't really have any experience. I'm at the point now where I feel like I should just jump in and start learning, but I'm not sure what tools I need to start out. It seems like every instructable has tools such as soldering irons, solder, wire cutters/strippers, and other tools required. Can anyone let me know what is a base set of tools I need to do some of the basic electronics projects on this site? I'm talking about simple LED projects or anything for a beginner really. Would it be beneficial to buy a bread board of some type to practice wiring? I've seen kits in places like Radio Shack that came with a bread board and other items that said it had something like 100 projects or something like that. Would that be something good to start with, or would it be a waste? So if anyone could provide some links for basic tools needed, I would appreciate it.

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Need some help here :P~

Let me tell you the situation:I dont live with my dad so I have almost no tools what so ever aka. no hot glue gun, no Soldering ironjust normal stuff like a hammer and a screw driver I wanna do things on this website likeThisthisorThisWhat do I need to buy do be able to do stuff like this:sofar on my shoping listHot glue gunSoldering iron(your opinions here)get it?O yah, almost forgot, Price isnt Too big of a deal but Id like to spend about $200max for the time being

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Are Science and Engineering skills are required?

First of all, hi everyone, I'm new to the forums and this is my first post so bear with me if my questions are strange! I've been taking glances at the projects in Instructables, and I am really happy to find a site that shared my passion in home science/technology/DIY projects! I am studying Physics (first year) at my city's University (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and I was always fascinated by science, technology and especially computers-electronics. Instructables' projects 'pushed' me to get some basic tools (A 25 W soldering iron, a soldering pump, a pair of 'helping hands' with a magnifying glass, screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, some other basic tools and recently a Dremel 300) and frequently, I've been trying some of the simpler projects. But, since science will be my future profession, I'm not content by just reading instructions and following through...I want to understand the principles behind the instructables (for example, electronics) and even make my own small projects at home. As I said, electronics/electrical engineering projects are kind of my favorite, and I often get frustrated by just blindly following through the instructable, and I ask myself 'how did he think about that' or 'how did he know how to build this circuit' or 'how did he choose his materials'. So, do you really have to be an engineer to plan the more advanced -electronics or not- projects or can anybody get a book/website and learn about those skills? I often get ideas about projects of my own, but I don't know how to choose materials for them...does this skill come from experience or gained by an engineering degree? Is Physics a good enough degree to help me with my projects? And another question that has been around my head for a while: do you actually get pen and paper, lay down designs and scientific formulas-calculations to build a more advanced project? Thank you!

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Daft Punk Table, DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron, The Best Mop in the World...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Sept. 20, 2007 Welcome back!We love Halloween so much that we just announced our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! We're looking forward to seeing all the gruesome entries, but until then, check out these cool projects. How to Create a Lightfish Install LEDs in plastic fish and set them free in water to see some magic happen. Fishing poles included.posted by karlklar on Sep 18, 2007 How to build a Daft Punk Table Replica Bring the disco action to your coffee table with this reproduction of a table that has disappeared from stores.posted by mrgalleta on Sep 5, 2007 How to Make "The Best Mop in the World" Build a mop to last forever with things found around the house. posted by brendanconnal on Sep 16, 2007 This week's newsletter is sponsored byToyota Color Picking 101: It's easier than you think Learn to confidently choose colors for fabric, paint, tile, or any other material. posted by antelucandaisy on Sep 18, 2007 How to make a round thing without a lathe (plus model making tips) Get round and lovely compound curves into your model with simple tools.posted by KaptinScarlet on Sep 13, 2007 Building an Electric Racing Car A small team of school kids built and raced an electric racing car. This is how they did it. posted by rickharris on Sep 16, 2007 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle Why use PVC pipe for plumbing when you can glue it together to form a sniper rifle with a scope that can shoot at over 300 fps?posted by irwinner on Sep 9, 2007 Insanely Hot DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron @ 15 Volts DC and 3.5 amps From the pieces of many electronics a new super soldering tool emerges.posted by OzzyRoo on Sep 18, 2007 Retro DVD Player Transform a beautiful old vintage radio into a slot-loading DVD player. posted by alinke on Sep 20, 2007 How to make a vertical, ergonomic (tie-fighter) keyboard Prevent soreness by keeping your hands in a neutral position while typing.posted by ewilhelm on Sep 14, 2007 Check out all the entries! Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

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