type of soldering wire use

Hello, I have a 60/40 rosin core solder wire. Then I use a 220V soldering iron. Now whenever i tried to melt it, it took short while. compare to those wire in which you can melt it by only touching it with the iron. It's because i tried to repair a headphone jack and I still got where to solder it. Top - Green 2nd - Blue 3rd - Copper  4th - Red It was based on its current solded positions between the thin wires and the 3.5mm jack. now I'm asking what kind of wire do I use. I saw other video tutorials on how to repair a headphone and whenever they solder it, it was a spot on. Thank you.

Posted by MikoT7 1 year ago


New project! you wont believe it!

I am in the process ofdeciding whether i should post an instructable on making a desk top soldering press that will cost less than 25 dollar. it will be able to solder up to 14 gauge wire. i have it working so dont think its a fake. if anyone is interested i will post it, so what do you think?

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago


Soldering copper question.

I'm working on a project that requires soldering a 1/4" OD copper tube into a hole drilled in the side of a 2" copper pipe. Will a soldered join (not brazed) be sturdy or do I need to do something to reinforce (cut threads into the tube and pipe, flare the tube and insert from inside, etc) it? There won't be a lot of stress on the join but there will be a small tap on the tube to there may be a bit of torsion now and again. Thanks for your responses!

Posted by Mr. E Meat 7 years ago


Solder types (electronics), some good info on the topic

This thread on stackexchange http://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/3/what-are-the-different-types-of-solder-used-for gives overview of different solder and flux types, what to choose as beginner hobbyist and some points on health risks. The answerers do not agree on everything, but despite that there is lots of quality information gathered together. Maybe good to refer to, when some part of the topic comes up in questions section some time again. Enjoy.

Posted by Libahunt 6 years ago


How to Break Solder Tabs On Ni-Cad Battery Pack

So, in a fit of optimism I decided to rebuild a Ryobi One 18v battery pack for my drill. The task seems rather straight forward except that I can't gracefully remove the soldered tabs on top of the batteries that actually make the circuit and connect to the wires.  In the past, I would have removed something like these tabs by either holding the soldering iron to them to melt the solder, slicing the solder with a razor or a combination of the two. These tabs, however, are seriously attached. They won't pry or slice off and the metal of the tab begins to melt before the solder does if I try the iron. I think anymore heat will damage the battery themselves.  Now, it's been a while since I did any electronics work but after a couple of tries I remembered which end of the soldering iron to pickup. I don't think I missed anything. It just seems like these tabs aren't attached with run of the mill solder.  Has anyone had this problem (and found a solution) or am I just missing something blindingly obvious?

Posted by shannonlove 7 years ago


:O I soldered something! Thank you instructables!

Okay. This is stupid. But I did it! I, me, Lithium Rain, soldered something - and it isn't teh failz. It works.It works.IT WORKS PEOPLES!I have attempted for three years to teach myself this skill, and failed badly every time. But I did it this time! A whole new world is mine. All those instructables I looked at and sighed with resignation that I would never be able to do - I can try them. All the broken earphones - I can fix them. All the little things that would have been so much easier - I can do them!And instructables is why. It sparked my initial interest and all the awesome projects and users motivated me to keep trying even when I was melting humongous blobs of solder into a big mess, and giving myself cancer from breathing the fumes, and burns from hot metal and solder, and a complex because I couldn't solder two dinky little wires together. Thanks, instructables!Okay, so it's not that big an accomplishment. But it made my day!

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 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 https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Create-an-Adjustable-Soldering-Iron/ 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


How to wire this solar cell?

Hey there! I'm a beginner in solarbots and I just acquired a couple of paper thin solar cells that are paper thin and about 5 by 5 cm. The backside seems to be plain paper or something. I already broke one! I can't figure out how to wire or solder it, that is where the plus and minus poles are. Can someone give me a hint? Thanks! Sebar

Posted by sebarr 6 years ago


Building a hair thin Mini hot tip (like soldering)

Building a hair thin Mini hot tip (like soldering) Building a hair thin Mini hot tip (like soldering) Well as you read it I am trying to build a very very small heat controllable mini hot tip (max 40 degrees C) And definitely I am sure you are such an expert in the area that the hair hot tipwill sound like a joke to you. What for? well, long story short I want to put bacteria samples on it & gradually increase the temperature and see how the populations die or survive, and most likely how long they last, to demonstarte if actual dishwashers do a good job. (maximum temp boiling point) I actually want to record the video given to the fact that the microscope I have access at school is wayyyy more powerful than the rest. I know I should use an LED or just heat but what prevents me from doing so is just blowing away the samples from the tip or changing the exposure too much with extra lights. I believe the principle is almost the same as with the coil inside electric bulbs or the same as in ironing clothes but not as hot (in orders of magnitude) I believe the trick is driving voltage and just making variations to it with a dial please help I really want to see those bacteria and film them . All help will be appreciated Thanx Micro Freak apprentice

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago


Soldering sterling silver jump rings

Hello. I started working with metals, stones and beads in the summer. I think I am ready to solder as I am tired of some pieces falling apart. I make large jump rings and need to solder them. I saw the instruction on soldering on this website and bought all the tools today. I suppose I am a bit nervous about working with a flame. Could anyone share their experiences when they started to solder? Thanks. Tracey

Posted by SFLTracey 9 years ago


Soldering headphone jack, any special solder?

Hi. I purchased some decent headphones a little while ago and my little brother was playing with the cats with the jack. One of them stuck their claw through it and it needs replacing. They were pretty expensive headphones, so I want to repair these. Will any old solder do? I like my sound quality. I've only got Lead-free crap ATM. Cheers, Josho.

Posted by Josho 9 years ago


Lead Free Solder Recommendations

Hello, I am going to be working on some electronics projects soon and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for lead-free solder. Some completed projects are going to be shipped to the EU, California and New York so I need to start paying attention to RoHS standards. I was hoping to get pointed in some sort of direction to avoid buying a dozen different kinds and figuring it out myself. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Knowledge regarding previous experience with lead-free solder and electronics would be awesome. Thanks in advance.

Posted by cunnane 10 years ago


Guitar Hero Soldering

Ok. I'm an absolute noob at soldering. I am trying to fix my drum set that I got for guitar hero world tour because the dumbos at redoctane did a crappy job when they soldered on the wires to the hit sensor for the red pad. I need help trying to figure out how to do this because I dont want my whole drum set to go to waste because of a soldering mistake. But I am afraid ill screw up and permanently damage the sensor. Anyway somebody could help me out? The mod im following is https://www.instructables.com/id/GHWorld_Tour_Drum_Repair/

Posted by Hultsy 9 years ago


Solder sucker?

Hello all.  I had a question about desoldering.  First thing is that I have desoldering wick.  I found out I was using it wrong.  I melted the solder and then placed the end of the wick in the melted solder.  But I watched a youtube video and according to that I should place the wick on the solder and then heat up the wick and solder as one.  But this still has not been working very well for me.  The wick is over a year old and I was wondering if this could be a problem.  But my other question is how well do those spring loaded solder suckers work?  I was thinking about perhaps ordering one off of e-bay.  Yes I know I might find one in a good hardware store but I have some paypal money I could use.  In case you do not know what I am talking about....it is the spring loaded suckers where you cock it, put it next to the melted solder and then press a button and it forms a vacuum and sucks up the solder into it.  I think I can pick one up for a few bucks off-line, so if you people say they work well then I will give it a shot. Also in case you want to know what I am working on.  This would be used for salvaging parts of of circuit boards.  Like right now I am trying to salvage a few capacitors and also a couple of flyback transformers from crt computer monitors.  Also tomorrow I am tearing apart a broken water cooler to see if there is anything I can take out of there. I have also being having a problem getting solder to melt in the first place.  But that probably just has something to do with the 2 soldering irons I am using and I am trying my best to figure it all out.  I know my way around computers as far as building and repairing them.  But soldering and desoldering is something I really want to learn to be able to further my computer repair skills.  Sometimes it would save so much money being able to solder and desolder myself.  Especially those darn ac ports that are soldered right onto the boards sometimes. I have not actually made anything from this site yet.  But this is a wonderful site and after cruzing the forums here I am pretty sure I will get some good replies.  Ok I will stop babbling and I look forward to your replies.  

Posted by jcaresheets 6 years ago


iRiver HDD to CF or other flash media. (Soldering)

I was a big fan of my iRiver until the day I dropped it and broke the HDD. I tried to see how I could replace it by opening it up and I broke the pin connector and ruined it. I can see where it used to be now and I am really wanting to know if the iRiver pin can be fitted with a CF card by soldering. Or even which pins on the iRiver need to be wired to the CF card. Thanks all, remember you're all my only hope. Axel.

Posted by cantirules 10 years ago


What soldering station do I get?

Ok, all, I've got a good one for you, and I'm sure all the diehard fans are gonna come out of the woodwork.  I've been looking for some time for a decent soldering station that I can start doing PCB/fine work with.  I used to have a Weller digital rework station a long time ago, but don't know what might be good now.  I've gotten back into doing small work, such as SMC, XBee, Arduino, rework, and the like, almost all on a very small scale, and I've pushed the Radio Shack special I've got to the limit, and managed to brick two routers. I need to know your opinions, on stations ranging up to $300 (preferably around $100 to $200), that would be good for me.  I know that this is more than likely going to upset many in the 'ible community, being willing to spend that much, but when I get started doing some of this major device hacking, I'm going to start putting my stuff up here.  I'm looking forward to a lot of cool stuff, but can't get it done without the right tools.  There are too many different stations out there, and not enough reviews, especially after searching for nearly a month.  Can anyone help?

Posted by tmoore4748 7 years ago


Good kits?

Off in another thread we were talking about goodkits being a good way to get your feet wet with the practicalities of electronics: how to solder, what the individual bits look like, and so on. I was lamenting the demise of Heathkit - many a engineer in my generation had their first electronics experience putting together one of Heath's kits, using their excellent instructions.So anyway, what kits are available today that offer the hobbyist a "good" and educational building experience? The kits should have good quality PCBs and components, instructions that go far beyond "solder all the components to the board in the places indicated by the silkscreen", and hopefully some amount of theory on how the thing works, and how to troubleshoot it if it's NOT working.I'll recommend:Lady Ada's stuff - I'm not sure I'm wild about online vs printed instructions, but it certainly gives you a good chance to see what you're getting into before you order anything, and it probably permits a higher level of quality in the instructions than it would be cost-effective to have printed.2Dkits Blinkies - a more limited selection, 2dkits specializes in neat little LED badge-like things

Posted by westfw 10 years ago


solder mask

Is a solder mask just pcb laquer? like you could make your own solder masks?

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago


Beginner soldering projects?

I'm new to soldering, and I was wondering if you guys knew of some projects to help me get some experience in soldering. I know that there's a guide on here, but I didn't know what projects to get started on. Your help is appreciated.

Posted by UltraPurple 6 years ago


I need help on how to connect the components together on an ic board

I need to know how to solder the leads of one components to the legs of another one(the Perf Board doesn't have pre-connected copper tracks)

Posted by wesie42 10 years ago


Solder-It-Yourself LED Board Kit

Hello all, I'm here to offer my LED board kit. You may be familiar with it if you saw my Ready, Set, Go! Lights Instructable. They were originally a product I was making to light up Hyundai Tiburon's but that ultimately did not pan out and now I have quite a few spare parts.I will be selling these at cost in an attempt to make back a portion of the money I spent designing them. (AKA need money for new projects! :P )You get everything you see in the picture:(1) blank LED board PCB(10) Super-flux 'really bright' LEDs (1 extra)(6) 1/4W surface mount resistors (3 extra, they are notoriously small and easy to lose)(1) 1N4001 diode for reverse polarity protectionAvailable colors are white, blue, and red (custom combos are available)Price is $3USD per kit, shipping to North America is $2.50USD (Canada Post Light Packet) up to 6 kits.$1USD soldering fee for those not comfortable soldering.Paypal is the preferred payment method.Check out some pics of finished boards: http://www.rumblerobotics.com/tiblights

Posted by travis7s 9 years ago


Laptop Surgery!!!

I want to write my first instructable but I need to do a little research first.  Here is my problem: The sound on my laptop has gone (HP DV2845se).   The audio card is on-board, so my only solution is a USB card and speakers.   This is a huge hassle, and really defeats the purpose of having a portable computer.  In a perfect world I could hide the USB inside the computer and solder the existing mic and speakers onto the card.  Here are the hurdles that I think I would have to jump to achieve this.  1) Find a way to attach the card to the USB port internally (no clue here) 2) hide the card with in the laptop (should be able to find some space, doesn't really need air circulation) 3) de-solder the current jacks on the USB card and solder the speaker wires and mic I'm sure there is going to be plenty more.  For instance I don't know how the speakers are powered.  The USB card only provides the sound part, not any power or amplification.  I don't know if the speakers in the computer will need that.  Any help here is appreciated!  Thanks

Posted by knightop 8 years ago


Tinned my soldering iron, now it wont work?

Hi there. I recently read an instructable on here on how to solder (rather, read through several) and all of them mentioned that it was imperative to tin the tip of your soldering iron. So I took out my trusty butane soldering iron, and tinned it with a layer of solder so thin, I can't see a thickness to it, and can only tell it's there because it's shinier than the tip of the soldering iron. My problem, is now the tip doesn't appear to get hot enough to melt solder (?!), as no matter how long I hold it directly on a piece of solder, it never actually seems to melt. I tried brushing the tip with some sandpaper (while cold) and a diamond drill bit (gently! while hot) to try and remove some of the solder from it, but to no avail. I can no longer solder anything. Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong or how I could fix this? Thanks, Adam

Posted by NuclearDog 10 years ago


What's a good soldering iron?

Me and my dad have a really crappy soldering iron. It has a really messy tip, it heats slow, it has a short cord, and it is clumsy to hold. We were wondering what to look for if we were to go to Fry's or Radio Shack to buy a new one.

Posted by YummyPancakes 9 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


How to solder 478 pin molex on the board?

Found an old board which has 478 molex broken. It is BGA so it is easy to remove old molex. I've found some new one on ebay for something like £4-£5, my question is how to solder new molex? http://pdf1.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/view/285247/MOLEX/51248-4792.html here you can see how it soldered originally. I understand that this requires special equipment, etc. but it would be nice to fix it as I have old 3.2 processor,therefore can make file server,etc. The one thing I thought is attach sew to the solder iron and solder each connection individually, which is would be time consuming and most probably very inaccurate due to hand shaking etc. Another thing is just "solder" processor directly on the bga, removing all pins and use hot air.Although it may be very "brittle". Any other way/ideas how to do this?

Posted by Extasy 8 years ago


Help me with my school project! Take my Survey - Soldering Iron Redesign

Hi guys, I'm looking for some help on project. I've been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users.  I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and I'll gear my improvements towards their needs.  My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort.  I also hope to gain some insight into people's initial reaction to the tool and it's function if it's a completely new object for them.  I have posted a survey as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of experience. Thank you for your help!  Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Did you have any concerns about safety when you first used a soldering iron? 3. Did you ever burn yourself? 4. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 5. Did you find the soldering iron awkward to hold because of the weight of the cable dangling out the back? 6. On a scale of 1 -5 how comfortable is it to hold and use? (5 being very comfortable). Any particular reason? 7. Would making the soldering iron more comfortable and secure to hold give you more confidence when soldering? 8. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help!  Justin  

Posted by jchan3ualberta 8 years ago


PCB Soldering Help Needed!

Hey Instructables, I am going to be starting a project soon and need some help. I have very limited electronics skill and need to learn how to solder a certain connection. I don't have the board yet so I can't get good pictures of the board besides these. It is for a usb midi controller, but that isn't really important because the board is already set up for what I need. http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g18/potato413/korg6.jpg This is the board I will be working with. My plan is to replace the buttons on here with old school arcade buttons. This means I will need to solder a positive wire and a negative wire to the connection under the rubber button.  http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g18/potato413/korg7.jpg Theese are what the connections look like on a different part of the board, so I assume this is what the ones I will be using look like. My questions are: How can I tell where to solder the pos and neg wires? How would I go about soldering this? Thanks a ton for any help you can give :)

Posted by potato413 8 years ago


How to Fix a Broken Pipe Inside a Wall

Here's a quick photo-essay about my Sunday afternoon: An outside hose bibb was leaking around the handle, so I decided to replace it. * I couldn't remove the old hose bibb from a piece of galvanized pipe, so I removed the pipe too, and found what looked like a brass fitting inside the wall. * Once I had installed a new length of pipe and hose bibb, I turned the house water back on, and heard it leaking inside the wall. Thinking I hadn't tightened it enough, I really beared down and gave the bibb/pipe combo a good crank to seal the connection in the wall. That's when I felt a pipe inside the wall break, and heard water start blasting inside the wall. *Fortunately, I have access to the other side of the wall through the garage, so I cut a hole and installed a valve upstream of the break. I didn't have time to do a full repair and re-route the pipe outside, so that's where I've left it for now. It took three separate trips to Home Depot -- represented above by *'s -- which seems about average for me and plumbing disasters. Things I could have learned: try to remove the broken item before going to get parts. That would have saved one trip to get the additional length of pipe. I don't think I've ever soldered copper pipes in a non-emergency setting. Last time, our hot water heater failed the day before my parents arrived for a week's stay. If you'd like to do your own plumbing, I strongly recommend learning to solder on a project that doesn't require the water to the entire house to be off.Thanks to zachninme for taking photos!2008-08-31 Update: Since I know everyone is dying to know how this turned out, I've add a few more pictures. With the right tools and parts in hand, I replaced everything from the broken copper pipe out to the hose bid, and removed the valve inside the wall. The tricky part was mounting a brass 1/2 NPT female to copper 1/2 elbow. Originally, this piece was nailed into a stud and then the copper was soldered on before the walls were finished. I didn't want to make a big hole in the stucco on the exterior wall and I couldn't safely get my torch into the confined space, so I soldered some copper elbows onto this brass elbow and then mounted it with machine screws coming in from behind through the stud (screw heads on the inside where I could access them through the hole in the drywall, and bolts on the other side with the brass elbow where I positioned and tightened them by feel).Having opened a plumbing battle on this front, I decided to fix a bunch of other plumbing problems around the house, which I'll write about shortly in an Instructable.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


how to make led cornhole light?

So I love playing cornhole and so do my friends.. so much we wanna play when Its dark but were to cheap to buy an led cornhole ring for 44 bucks.   I have a 9v battery holder and 6 white l.e.d.s (square with four pins), and 3 150k resistors. I have tried a few different set ups and nothing seems to work can please some one help me. Its my first go around with l.e.d.s so yeah I really have no clue

Posted by yababbadaba 7 years ago


Cheap Heatsinks

Does anyone need heatinks? If so I have some that I am willing to sell for a very reasonable price. I have them in many shapes and sizes just look at the pictures. Any that are pictured in pairs can be sold in pairs. I don't have a large amount of any type, but I have enough for your typicall electronics project that just needs a little extra cooling. These heatinks are salvaged but are still in good uncorroded condition. All come with screws. If you need more pictures or info on a certain one let me know. I accept secure payment through pay-pal. I prefer to ship to the continental US but if you are somewhere else we can work something out. Post or PM me if interested. Enjoy

Posted by nurdee1 6 years ago


Learn to solder month!

It's learn to solder month! Earn yourself an Instructables patch by sharing your soldering knowledge. Full details here: How to get an Instructables patch by contributing to "Learn to Solder Month".Also, be sure to check out our How to solder Instructable and all the rest of the soldering Instructables in the How to solder group.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Finished Soldering press! check it out

I finished my soldering press. it has a video too!

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago


breakin in a soldering iron

Is it just me or do you have to "break in" a soldering iron before it's really usful? I've had a new soldering iron for about amonth (using it about 4 hours to 8 hours a week) and it only started to solder really well in the past couple of days. Anybody know why? Also my soldering iron kind of has a hot spot, where you the solder melts really well, that normal?

Posted by guyfrom7up 11 years ago


Making a water heater from a soldering iron?

I have got a soldering iron  of  60W, (with a damaged tip). And the main purpose of this project is to make a low power water or coffee heater with things you already have.  Im not a tech savy, but i know that the iron has a 2 pin socket. So, if you dip it directly in water, u'll get a shock if you touch the water. Another modification is needed- the heating rod.  the rod is made of crude iron, which can easily rust, and the tip has some leftover solder, which can poison the coffee.  can someone help in this?

Posted by arnab321 7 years ago


DIY Solder Pot

Just today, my brother offered to give me his old coffee maker that he had replaced with a newer one. He is well aware of my electronics hobby, which is why he offered to give it to me in the first place. Nothing is wrong with the coffee maker electronically - he just didn't use it for a long time in which it became moldy on the inside. He cleaned the inside properly, and as a precaution I did it a second time. Now that it is cleaned, I'm curious as to if I could turn it into a solder pot. Seeing plenty of DIY solder pots, I'm thinking I could use an empty soup can, cut to a reasonable size, and have it rest on the heating element of which the coffee pot would normally rest on. Would I be able to do just that or no? Any suggestions as to what to use for the "bath" or "pot" of which will hold the molten solder? Thanks in advance! P.S. This is a basic electric drip coffeemaker I'm wanting to salvage - just to clarify.

Posted by TXVisual 1 year ago


Help with school project!

Hi guys,  I am an industrial design student at the University of Alberta in Canada looking for some help for my project. I have been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users in the specified market. In this case, I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and gear my improvements towards their needs. My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort. I have posted some questions as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of skill level. Thank you for your help! Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Which type of soldering iron do you use? The gun shaped one or the pen type? 3. In what environment / setting do you use it most? eg. workbench, kitchen table. 4. What were some of the needs you had for the too and were they metl? (Needs meaning minimum expectations, without which the product would be a failure) 5. What were some of the wants you had for the tool? 6. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 7. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help!  Justin

Posted by jchan3ualberta 8 years ago


Fbi sleeve microphone frankensteined in walkie talkie

Drumroll please...it's the world's (or at least instructable's) longest forum post! :D I want to solder a microphone (I ripped it out of an old telephone headset) to a walkie talkie's board in such a way that I can talk into that and have the walkie talkie pick up that instead of the input from the preexisting mike...I figured I would have to use the same old push to talk button, but I would sure like to be able to press a button near the mike to talk. I want to thread the mike up my arm, like a secret agent! The Where would I solder the microphone wires? Do I have to worry about burning/shortcircuiting my microphone or the walkie talkie? Is there any way to attach a talk button so it runs down my arm as well? Thanks!

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago


Laser ohm resistor project question

So I am doing a big modifiction of Kipkay's burning laser project. I am making it into a gun, and the only resistor I can find is a 4.7. Will that do? I have a 5mw module like his, and a 250mw 650nm laser diode. Also I am going to use two C-batteries, so its 12volts total. 

Posted by thedonquixotic 8 years ago


Etching PCB boards

I know that copper is a better conductor than tin or aluminum. But one of my friends a few days ago told me that instead of etching his layout on copper, he used the bottom of an altoids tin. he said all he did was sand the bottom until there was no paint of the altoids can and then he etched his layout. (Chemical bath, toner, etc.) So my question is, Does anyone know how to etch custom layouts (toner layouts) on tin or aluminum? **I figure this could save people some money and time on some projects. :)

Posted by batboy61490 10 years ago


Thin soldering iron tip! -FIND-

Hello, recently i have received an audio amp. But the problem is; i can't solder it! i have thin solder, but no soldering iron tip to do the job! Please help me find a tip Thanx!!

Posted by Sandisk1duo 10 years ago


Soldering Wires to a Battery

So...If I were to solder a wire to a battery...Is that legal? I mean, will it like explode, or melt, or go haywire or whatever? Or will there be no problems at all, whatsoever? Thanks!

Posted by Joe426 10 years ago


Woot! My first True SMD soldering job!

Yay! I finally soldered my first SMD chip package! (And it didn't explode!)

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 10 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


where to buy micro-tip soldering iron?

Anybody know a good place to order a soldering iron with a very small tip? I want it for working with 0603 LEDs. I can't find replacement tips for my current soldering iron. Something not too expensive would be nice.

Posted by aliasjanedoe 9 years ago


Beginners Soldering Iron

I am new to soldering and am looking to buy an iron. Any suggestions on beginner irons would be great. I plan on mostly using it for soldering small electronics. Also I would like to buy at a store and not over the internet. Again, any advice is greatly appreciated.

Posted by sardines454 11 years ago


Soldering Aluminum to aluminum

I'm building an aluminum bridge for my railroad.  I need to solder the side braces rather than using screws and nuts.  I've ordered a 150 watt chisel soldering iron and need to know what items (solder etc) I need to perform this project.  Any assistance greatly appreciated.  I would rather not use a torch on this project unless absolutely necessary.

Posted by trainman707 10 months ago


How do I clean my soldering iron tip?

I hope you can help me here, my whole soldering iron tip is covered in oxides, except the very end of the tip, that part is fine. The oxides won't come off, I even tried to use the tip cleaner stuff, but that did not work, it only prevent the oxides from forming... :(

Posted by Plasmana 10 years ago


Need a good soldering station (in uk)

Hey guys, im looking for some recommendation for a good soldering station that is available in the uk and less than 60 pound, preferably a well known brand. thanks

Posted by Cew27 9 years ago


Soldering iron

Sooo i bought a soldering iron because i though i could be cool..so i bought one and now i dont know how to use it...anyone wanna help me with my problem?

Posted by kaseyraex3 10 years ago