Intro: D.I.Y Variable Soldering Station
Do you want a variable tempature soldering iron? But to expensive? Well today I will show you how to make your own.
You Will Need:
1x Light Dimmer
1x Cheap Soldering Iron
1x Extention Cord
2x Loomex Connector
1x Switch Plate
1x Utility Box
Total ran be 25 dollars Canadian; but for you Americans without inflamed costs it should run you about ~18 Dollars. If you have any questions email me deven(dot)prasad(at)shaw(dot)ca. Replace (dot) with . and (at) with @.
I Deven Prasad, will not be liable for any damage, or death that is caused from use of this instructable; this information is given as a free resource.
Step 1: Getting the Utility Box Ready
On your utility box pop the hole on the top and bottom; as shown in the picture
Step 2: Installing the Loomex Connectors
Now you will need to install the loomex connectors and lock the locking nut.
Step 3: Inserting the Wires Into the Utility Box
Now cut the female part of the extension cord off; and the male part of the soldering iron.
Connect the non ribbed wire from the extention cord to one of the black wire on the dimmer; and the non ribbed wire from the soldering iron to the other black wire.
Connect the 2 ribbed wires together (neutral).
Put the green (GND) from the dimmer underneath the screw that goes to the utility box and dimmer, and tighten it down.
Now you can tighten the screws on the two loomex connectors.
Step 4: Closing Up the Utility Box
close up the utility box and connect the two screws from the cover plate to the dimmer.
Step 5: Your Done!!!
Congrads! Your are now done, and should have a working variable temperature soldering iron