0.5mm Precision Solder Pencil... or Got Lead?

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About: Howdy, I am a bit of a tinker gnome. I like playing with hardware/technology along with making stuff I want out of old stuff I have or find. I should warn you that I am like Dog from "Up". There will be ...

Moved this tutorial to Steemit Thank you Instructables for helping me perfect my hobby. But I gotta do what is right for my work and myself.

https://steemit.com/tutorial/@motinkergnome/0-5mm-precision-solder-pencil-or-got-lead

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    kinscore

    4 years ago on Introduction

    One possible (though a bit more complicated) improvement, perhaps, would be to add a spool holder and a flexible tube to guide the solder from the spool to the pencil (but maybe this isn't even an issue).

    Maybe take a spool holder like

    http://store.curiousinventor.com/solder-dispenser....

    a plumbing adapter with thread & nut to clamp onto that (probably enlarged) hole and a barb to attach to a rubber tube, which will hopefully fit on the other end to the pencil by friction, pipe clamp, tape, or glue. End result being something like

    http://www.itclips.net/2013/03/07/solder-dispenser...

    Very clever, easy re-purposing. As others are saying, one of those "Why didn't I think of that" ideas.

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    MoTinkerGNomekinscore

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome... I was looking at making a dispenser just like the electric one you linked... Now I have an idea to start from. Thanks Kinscore.

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    Got to try it out actually soldering today. About 10 clicks feeds enough solder to solder a pin on a through the hole board. The bar for the Dremel Vise works great for holding the roll.

    Oh and the Hakko 888 Digital solder station is sweet, It replaced a cheap 25w Weller iron and I will never go back.

    10 clicks solder 10 clicks solder 10 clicks solder. Done

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    Yes they do. When I was 3 my Mom used to say that she was going to send me to live with the squirrels as I was a nut.

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    OmarsiblesMoTinkerGNome

    Reply 4 years ago

    No you're nut a not!


    And thanks for sharing such a clever and wonderful dea.

    Thanks guys I figured may as well toss this out there as it was a dead simple tip. I also speculate that .7 and .9mm pencils with the same diameter solder would work just as well.

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    123cardiganMoTinkerGNome

    Reply 4 years ago

    yes it should work as long as the pencil doesnt have pull the whole weight of the spool

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    dailodai78

    4 years ago on Introduction

    wow.. why didn't I ever think of that. my fingers don't have to smell like solder anymore...lol. nice job.

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    ringai

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I sure wish I'd thought of that hack 40 years ago when I worked in a micro-min board repair shop. Great idea!

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