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

Posted by Mrlzeppelin 8 years ago

Stupid Question: (soldering iron) = (woodburning iron)

I have a woodburner and I was wondering if I could use it as a soldering iron? Is it just getting hot enough to melt the solder that I have to worry about or is there some kind of load problem with using a woodburner for this purpose? need help!! (obviously)

Posted by bardon08 11 years ago

knex iron man helmet v2

I just finished making my second version of an iron man helmet its got a flip up mask and a lot slimmer look instructions coming soon

Posted by gerrits13 8 years ago

knex iron man

please sent me pictures and instruction on iron man projects because i am making a suit and i wanted know what other people build and please no small shiity things because they piss me off so  if you are making any things like arm suit please sent them in and this iron man out

Posted by The ironman 7 years ago

Iron Man's Repulsors

How would you build iron mans repulsors? I have some already...     You could use a transducer for particle displacement, you might be able to send an ion beam through a "tunnel" of a heavier particle, since it can't travel fast in air. I need ideas! Thanks, Laserbeamtoast.

Posted by Laserbeamtoast 5 years ago

Soldering Irons?

My last soldering iron needs to be retired, it will no longer melt solder, and was originally purchased sometime in the 80's. So I need a new soldering iron, but I do not know which one to buy. Should I get a 25 watt or 30 watt to make sure I have enough heat? Also are any of the soldering stations with the variable heat gun worth it? For now I will have to be careful and use my butane soldering iron (I have not burned any components yet).

Posted by kcedgerton 9 years ago

Iron man- is he possible?

Hi. I was watching the iron man movie recently when I wondered if it really was possible to construct a suit of Armour like that. All technology behind the Armour welcome to be discussed. Any attempts made to make any of the technology would be nice to know about. thank you

Posted by HP psc 2110 all-in-one makebot 9 years ago

I just published my white castle slyders instructable.

They're good, make em', eat em', enjoy em'.

Posted by Yerboogieman 10 years ago


Hi everyone.  This is my very first Instructables experience - I've just found you guys.  I'm wanting to know if I could resurface my old cast iron enamel bath with concrete??  Would it stick???

Posted by CraftyCarolyn 3 years ago

Good Cheap soldering Iron?

Anyone know of a good, yet cheap soldering iron? I like the pen variety, not the gun type. My current one is a pain because it doesn't have a regulator, so I have to unplug it once it gets hot... or it gets WAY to hot. Sorry if there is no-such-thing...

Posted by zachninme 12 years ago

Wanted: Bionic Iron Man Armor (w/ Sound Effects) by Gundanium

Wanted: someone to build me one of these "Bionic Iron Man" kits for a reasonable fee or donate to my non-profit organization "Kids Heroes". Please let me know, email = dustin at ddcnet com

Posted by dbonea 5 years ago

High carbon steal annealing/tempering

First off, I'm not entirely where to post this nor if it has been posted elsewhere (i did do a quick check but i didn't spend too much time on that endeavor). So if this is not the correct/best place to post this i will move it and if it is elsewhere then i will delete it. This topic starts with a question from something I just recently did. I got a high carbon steel marking knife (its a Hock tool) and when i got it, it was bent and i heated it up to a nice red color, let it cool, tried bending it, and broke the tip off so i sharpened it back to a point and heated it up until it was no longer magnetic and heated it at 450F for about an hour. After doing this and checking some charts I was expecting a golden/brown color but instead got a blue color throughout most of it. So do i need to redo this or is it harder than i would expect from a blue colored steel? So I'm sure there are plenty of resources out there for figuring all this out but i was hoping this could be a centralized area for anyone to get all the information they need on this topic. what are some tips/tricks on annealing/heat treating/tempering iron, steel, and high carbon steels? is there a difference between the three  (annealing, heat treating, and temper)? what is the difference (if there is one)? what should someone expect from doing something like this? what would each color be useful for (which would be best for a drill bit or which would be best for woodworking tools etc.)? any tricks of the trade? any personal tricks that you wont find anywhere else? anything else to add? ANYTHING that is relevant would be helpful, im sure there are many people that could benefit from a list of tips from those who actually do these things. if i remember to do so i will post this blue marking knife that i'm talking about.

Posted by pmk222 3 years ago

DIY Iron Man Costume Replica

Advanced Iron forum member TMP just completed his custom Iron Man costume just in time for the film's theatrical premiere. Incredible work! Just look at all those details!!!TMP says he spent $1500-2000 on the material compound alone, never-mind months of trial and error. Via Cool Stuff in SlashfilmIt looks a bit bulky, but it makes sense, a real metal costume would look much rougher than it does in the film (The movie's costume was made of rubber, so it could be more dynamic)It doesn't look as extreme as the film, but it certainly looks more real. Now, if only it could fly......Maybe we can expect more next year?There's quite a buzz for DIY Iron-Man costumes this year.

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago

knex coaster "Iron Eye"

Iron eye pictures.1.this is a brake.2.this is what will hold the rubber bands back and I can shoot the car when ever I want.Its a seer system! new ok now you can see the latest pictures

Posted by the_burrito_master 10 years ago

Adjustable solder iron

Hello sorry if this is the wrong place, i'm pretty new here. recently i got a 30w solder iron and found this instructable to make it adjustable I know it won't be as good as buying a real adjustable iron but this is cheaper and will work.  I have a little potentiometer that i got from a lamp but unlike most it only has 2 terminals and a space for a third. i did some experimenting and it seems to work fine, the 2 terminals are a middle and one to the right then a space to the left i hooked a wire in the space and it basically worked in reverse to when it clicked off it turned the (in this case) motor. so my real question is how do i wire this up, can i just wire the "hot" wire threw the pot and will it work to make my iron semi adjustable the only info i have on the pot is that on the top it says B500k i can take a picture of it if needed. 

Posted by chairsgotoschool 5 years ago

A Recipe for D&Disaster

Alt Text pokes a little fun at Dungeons and Dragons language with this cookbook-based parody. Could a mash-up of Iron Man and "Iron Chef" be next?Link

Posted by joshf 10 years ago

Scrap Metal and Coal/Charcoal

Hey everyone, i was wondering if anyone in the Hollywood-Miramar-Pembroke Pines area of Florida USA has any old scrap iron, steel, charcoal, or coal they do not want and would be kind enough to offer it to me for free or for a reasonable price. I am doing blacksmith work so it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Things wanted: Bolts, car springs, brake drums, any kind of bar (round, flat, square, hexagonal, octagonal, etc.) lump charcoal, any large chunks of steel to be used as anvils, any old blacksmith tools such as hammers, etc.... anything donated is appreciated. Thanks again!

Posted by thoraxe 10 years ago

Extra tiny soldering

Ok, I have a weller 40w iron and I want to do some seriously tiny work, I cannot afford to buy anything. how would I go about making a tip for the iron?

Posted by The Ideanator 9 years ago

I just bought a soldering iron!

   So im new to the soldering world as well as the small electronics and circuit world. I do know a little about restance capacitance and inductance. But I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for me to get started off with. I have an old TV, Im not sure if I can use my soldering iron to de-solder it, that I can strip down for parts.      My new soldering iron is  a 20w to 40w, Im not sure what range I need though. If anyone knows any fun easy DIYs that I can do to get started please let me know!!  Thanks!

Posted by crazed rhetoric 8 years ago

Solder Iron Tips: oily, bubbly coating forming... See Pics

Can anyone explain to me what is happening with my soldering iron? It makes it very hard to remove. I thought maybe flux is getting down there somehow but I've been taking care to alway keep the tip down and avoid any excess solder accumulating on the tip (aside from tinning of course). But it's happening again!

Posted by milsorgen 8 years ago

Why can't we make a soldering iron that works like a hot-glue gun?

I don't see why this whole process of soldering can't be simpified by using a hot-glue gun-style iron. It seems a simple matter: squeeze a small amount solder through a hollow, heated tip.This has to have been tried before, so I'm expecting someone knows why we can't have one-handed soldering.

Posted by carbon 11 years ago

How do I make an Electromagnet? And a few questions about them and regular magnets?

   I’m looking to learn about electromagnets and magnets. I looked up all those common videos on YouTube of course but It’s not the same as asking people who can tell me directly how to go about making one and things I can do with them.    Here is what I know about electromagnets so far. I know that you wrap wire around a piece of iron neatly (the more times you wrap the stronger it is). Then you attach a battery to the ends of the two wires that are left and then you have a electromagnet. I also know that to much power is bad because it can heat up. I want to make some cool things with electromagnets. So here are my Questions: Center Of The Electromagnets Questions - What is the best thing to put in the center of a electromagnet? - Is Iron the best and if so what is the best type of iron to use? - If different materials will have different effects could you please list them? Wire For The Electromagnets Questions -What kind of wire works best? -Will thinner or thicker wire wrapped more times around make it stronger? -What is a good wire to iron ratio? Power For the Electromagnet Questions -Could I use a DC wall Plug instead of a battery? -If I use a wall plug could I make a separate Positive and Negative electromagnet? Few Random Questions -What materials will that block electromagnets? Which works the best? -What can you tell me about electromagnets that I didn’t ask? Thanks for reading guys hope you guys can help. I check this constantly so feel  free to pour Info in here.

Posted by Rich The Poor 6 years ago

Thermite questions

I made some Iron oxide from using a car batterie charger and some salty water and i made some aluminium powder from putting aluminium foil in the blender for a while, I mixed it together and i used my blowtorch to ignite it but nothing happened can someone tell me why

Posted by dsl158 5 years ago

Eco-conscious: -167 Watts and No Iron Wrinkle Solution

First, sorry for the blurry pictures - I've changed some sort of setting on my camera and now it's very difficult to get a good image without a tripod.I like canida's segments and thought I'd throw in some of my little bits. Not as significant, but in terms of consumption, every little bit helps ;)First, do you really need 180 watts of light in the bathroom? Personally, most of the time I'm either in the shower or taking care of nature's call as opposed to actually using the mirror.Estimating 2 hours/day usage. We save a little more than 10KwH monthly. So about $1 a month (this bulb pays for itself in 2.5 months).Second. I don't like my dryer. Some of my clothing is air dried or only partially dried by machine. Wrinkles are a problem for me. So my anti-iron solution is a hook in the bathroom. After a few showers (or one way too hot shower), the moist air will release most of the wrinkles. If you really need every wrinkle out - then fine, go ahead and fire up the iron. An alternative to an iron is a steamer. I have the kind that you add a little salt to the water and uses much less power than a conventional iron (this statement was verified empirically).Perhaps there should be a group :) "Semi-Off Grid" :P

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago

Setting up Indoor Soldering Iron Station

I'm interested in having a place to work on electronics projects inside, and was thinking about building a workstation in my room. I would be soldering, and doing all other electronic-related activities at this workstation. I was wondering what I would need to do to make this happen in a safe, productive manner. Any suggestions?

Posted by Gjdj3 8 years ago

stamping on leather

Hey I wanna stamp on leather i know how to do that but my problem is i wanna create my own logo for the stamp and i can go and buy a iron stamp so i can stamp on leather but then it is not my own logo so i wanna create my own logo on a iron stamp just like the picture below or something like that or is there a nother way to stamp on leather?

Posted by shat01 11 years ago

This normal?

I just got into soldering, and I've been haveing a very bad problem of burning myself. Within the first 10 minutes of using it, I accidently touched the tip of the iron to my finger, and it HURT! And then jsut now, I was soldering, and my mom called me, so I kinda of jumped, brushing my finger against the newly melted solder. Is this normal for beginners?

Posted by wolf555hound 9 years ago

(wanted) your zippo lighters

If you have any zippo lighters you dont want let me no

Posted by the iron engeneer 10 years ago

saleing cast iron castings for models

Monday foundry is a small jobbing foundry meaning we take in any small work and some larger. if you would like to have a part cast for something just ask ( motor houseings and other motor castings, custom tools, ect castings are NOT machined unless asked for; cost of machineing is almost double the cost of the part, (unless its as simple as drill a hole aka)

Posted by Danielro10 9 years ago

Most used objects

So, what do you think are some of the most used things on instructables? Duct tape dremel soldering iron What else?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago

Arc Reactor

These are the photos of my arc reactor I built. This particular arc reactor is based off the second model from the 2nd iron man movie.

Posted by 5hockwave 6 years ago

I'm looking for a lead free soldering station.

Hey everyone, I'm looking for a lead free soldering station. I have to do some soldering/desoldering at work and I'm having a problem. The solder on the board is too high of a temp for my trusty Radio Shack soldering iron. To date I've purchased a 50watt iron and I would say that almost did the trick. But, desoldering was a fail. So, I would like to get a professional strength iron that can do the work without breaking my budget ($120). At this point I don't know what to look at 60 or 70 watt or 80. So, if anyone can recommend a good digital lead free solder station? Thanks Everyone!

Posted by ChrisMc74 5 years ago

Storys of your life.

Share a story of the cool / funny / dangerous and just plain stupid things you have either done or heard about !

Posted by IRON-MAN 7 years ago

liquid weld

I patched the bottom of an iron pan we use for camping with liquid weld, is it safe to eat food cooked in the pan?

Posted by thinkingtank 3 years ago

Nickel sponge+Soldering tip cleaner

Hello, I am a computer engineer and interested on making instructables ! Since i bought my soldering iron like 2 weeks ago i am on the making of one soldering station (with helping hands and such),I bought a sponge but i didn't noticed that wasn't copper (it writes nickel on it). Should be oki for my soldering iron (I mean to keep my tip clean)? Greetings from the sunny and bankrupted Greece ! Xristos.

Posted by Deithomen 6 years ago


Hey I made an instructable about finding iron and diamonds. So I made this forum! Use it to chat frequently! Lol!

Posted by Pyronite67 4 years ago

Silhouette from photo

How to make a silhouette from a photo on my iPad  I want a silhouette of our 50 Chevy Pickup to weld on to our rod iron fence thank you

Posted by HowardSue 4 years ago

I want broken ipod touchs

Hey if any one has any broken ipod touchs can i have them ....... message me

Posted by the iron engeneer 8 years ago


Avengers Assemble! if you liked, hated,(or if your like me) downright loved the movie please fell free to post a comment

Posted by Yami Yugi 6 years ago

Crucible Fire Arts Festival in Oakland CA - July 9-12, 2008

If you're into fire, metal, dance, and all of the above, BART on over to the Crucible Fire Arts festival, coming next week!Each July The Crucible's Fire Arts Festival celebrates creativity through fire and light with a spectacular open-air exhibition of interactive fire art, performance and the largest collection of outdoor fire sculpture on the West Coast.The 2007 Fire Arts Festival attracted over 10,000 people from as far as England and Australia and featured The Fire Odyssey, an innovative production that blended industrial fire theatre with ballet, opera, hip hop, aerial dance and fire performance. See the full lineup of performers, artists, and goings on at: our special Cupola Iron Casting workshop running July 7-13th and wow the crowds with your iron pour!Here's your chance to play an active role in this year's Fire Arts Festival! After learning the steps to create a mold and prepare iron and coke charges for the cupola, you are invited to participate in a public iron pour on the last day of the 2008 Fire Arts Festival.

Posted by susie 10 years ago

ATX PSUI shorting out

​Hi everyone, I hope I did this well, first time on this site, this is a question. I want to make my own soldering iron/heating element, I know I can buy them but it is a project of mine and I just want to know how it works and make it. I used to power a copper wire with a 5V ATX PSU at 16Amps, the psu shorted out and stopped. I read somewhere that you can prevent the PSU from shorting out when there is enough resistance on the wire so the current is not too high for the PSU. (Total nitwit on electronics btw) I was wondering if this is true, and how can I build a succesful soldering iron with a PSU, what transistor or what modifications to make. Also, would a longer wire/rod produce more heat than a shorter? red hot would be nice. Thanks in advance!

Posted by JStuyfzand 3 years ago

need help soldering

I'm having some trouble soldering and am hoping you guys can give me some pointers.  When I try to get a little bit of solder on the tip of my iron, the bead that forms will sometimes either not stick to the iron at all or will roll up the tip a bit so it's on the side rather than right on the point.  How can I get the solder to go on the very tip?  I am soldering 0603 surface mount LEDs, so precision is key. Also, I've been placing my wire against the fluxed pad and dragging a bit of solder across it, but something I read said you should apply a tiny bit of solder to the pads and the ends of the wires separately then hold them together and just apply heat with the iron to fuse them.  Which method do you think is better/stronger?   Thanks.

Posted by aliasjanedoe 8 years ago

iron man is jealous, and I need your help

Anyone want to help me build a diy version on a flyboard. Looks like I hose which attaches to a jetski jet which controls the direction of the jet stream from a foot mounted modified wakeboard. Not sure how the controls and hand cannons work, but seems like something we could tackle. Anyone in?

Posted by JoeMurphy 6 years ago

Battery Powered Water Heater

I want to make a portable steam generator for my school project. So I want to know if there's any battery powered water heater (that can be used to generate the steam) The steam generator device will be used to help you unwrinkle your clothes without ironing them (in case of no electricity or laziness) so I need any battery powered water heater that is strong enough to generate a lot of steam. Please help or give suggestions. Thank you

Posted by WafiqahK 1 year ago

Making rust for thermite.

I can not seem to find any pure iron oxide for sale in my area; however I did find a product which contains iron oxide which I was going to try extracting. I found a website that lists all the ingredients of the product. there is 2 parts per million of arsenic and 1 of mercury. I know this is very small but should I be worried about any negative side affects if I handle this stuff to much?

Posted by Sedgewick17 10 years ago

Custom castings

Macaulay foundry is available for short run and one off castings in resin, fiberglass, aluminum, brass and iron. Please check us out at or see us at

Posted by macaulayman 10 years ago


NEED YOUR HELP!! To all you out there...I have a FARM BELL..cast iron..I'd like to rig an electric motor with timer that would pull the rope and ring it every day at NOON. THANKS!!

Posted by mbernardoni 4 years ago

servo board

Fount this on my daily Internet rumage. its a board that turns a servo in sequence with a poteniomiter. wonder if it could be made to control a more powerful motor?

Posted by HP psc 2110 all-in-one makebot 9 years ago


NEED YOU HELP!! To all you out there...I have a FARM BELL..cast iron..I'd like to rig an electric motor with timer that would pull the rope and ring it every day at NOON. THANKS!!

Posted by mbernardoni 4 years ago

Top 10

My Top 10: 1.Iron maiden 2.Disturbed 3.Thunder (seeing last tour.) 4.saxon 5.sepltura 6.necrosis 7.parkway drive 8.Yes 9.Genasis 10.legion of the dambed

Posted by 22IronMaiden22 9 years ago