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Soldering aluminium and stainless steel - input for an Instructable Answered

I am currently working on a new Instructable covering the topic of soldering aluminium and stainless steel.
As I am "old school" and don't like to waste money on special equippment unless really necessary, I would like to get some feedback on what to include.
So far I covered the basics of the materials, the general how to and what to llok out for.
Pics and videos will be made once I am happy with the tutorials to give a better understanding.
Aluminium is considered to be hard to solder with no experience and I would like to try to make it possible for the hobbiest to do it, same for stainless steel.
For example: Should I include my recepies for stainless steel fluxes or limit it to the procedure of actually doing it without any flux?
Is is better to document with nice pictures or videos showing the entire process? (asking the noobs that want to learn it)
Is it necessary to go into details like what solder alloy is best for the purpose?

For me it is quite hard to go back to a "I know nothing about it state" and make sure everything a noob might need is included.
But the longer I work on it the bigger the Instructable is getting with informations that not everyone might need, like how to properly clean the surface, remove the oxide layerand provide the right temperature for the job.
Trying to keep it simple but complete and not drifting into boring details is harder than I tough on this topic :(
Feedback and requests are welcome!

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laughingjungle

4 years ago

Just a couple things. I think you should include all that stuff you asked, Kiteman is right. But I think a longer instructable is better than a short instructable. All the details are often valuable to know.

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Downunder35mlaughingjungle

Reply 4 years ago

Yeah, I'm on it and don't ask how many times I changed it already LOL
Once I am happy with the know how in the text I will take some pics and short videos to fit in where required.
For a pretty straight forward task it is not always easy to find the right words to make a total noob understand it correctly and still stays safe.

Aluminium in this context is quite easy as it is down to mechanical work but for the stainless, temperature, preparation, chemicals and the ongoing work during the soldering is hard to write.

Most people give up once they messed up a few work pieces and I would like to create an instant success feeling for the user.

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Kiteman

4 years ago

Should I include my recepies for stainless steel fluxes or limit it to the procedure of actually doing it without any flux?

If the recipes would be useful, then include them.

Is it better to document with nice pictures or videos showing the entire process? (asking the noobs that want to learn it)

The best option is "both" - some people learn best from videos, others from still images and text. There will also be a lot of people who have to print the project to be able to use it in their workshop. If your video is of decent resolution, then your photos can easily be screen-grabs from the video.

But the longer I work on it the bigger the Instructable is getting with informations that not everyone might need

A big instructable is not necessarily a bad thing. You could include a contents step as step one - "If you need to clean the surface first, start at step X, if you need to know how to mix the solder, jump to step Y" etc.

The other option is to write a lot of mini instructables ("How to clean aluminium before soldering") etc, gather them all into one collection, and then include the link to the collection in each of the mini instructables.