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can i fix the tip of my soldering iron Answered

i have this soldering iron that i totaly messed up. i didnt treet it well when i first got it and now i want to kno if it is even fixable. the tip is not only flat but the only part of it that is able to melt the solder is the size of a pin. im cash strapped and want to kno if there is some way short of buying a new tip to not only make it be able to melt the solder but to some how get it to be somewhat of pointed again. thanx

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. Use a file to get the shape you want, do a little polishing with some sandpaper, wrap some solder around the tip, and plug it in. Make sure all the metal near the tip gets a good coating of solder.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 13 years ago

Don"t sand if you have a plated tip, find a block of "sal ammoniac" (ammonium chloride) at either an ACE or a place that sells stuff for stained glass or Ebay. Heat the iron, wipe on the block, immediately tin, never fails.