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Soldering kit

Started by Andy January 24, 2018
I have been soldering for a lot of years, but all I had was a single 30W temp iron and no desolder gun.

My new kit will have adjustable heat and a desoldering gun.

That will be nice as it's been a bear trying to wick up solder and sling it away.

I have been using my bench grinder brush to clean my tips.

My current tip is at least a year old, but still heats great.

What do you use ?

What other tips do you have?

Some of the wire I have worked with is a dull silver, obviously not copper.

What kind of wire is it?

Thanks,
        Andy
On Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:35:30 -0800 (PST), Andy
<andrewkennedy775@gmail.com> wrote:

>I have been soldering for a lot of years, but all I had was a single 30W temp iron and no desolder gun. > >My new kit will have adjustable heat and a desoldering gun. > >That will be nice as it's been a bear trying to wick up solder and sling it away.
I use wick, but mostly surface-mount. It's harder to wick thru-hole parts. I don't reuse parts, so I can snip off all the leads before desoldering. The board is important, the parts aren't.
> >I have been using my bench grinder brush to clean my tips. > >My current tip is at least a year old, but still heats great. > >What do you use ?
Metcal.
> >What other tips do you have?
Several sizes, and a really hot one for taking the insulation off magnet wire. -- John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc lunatic fringe electronics
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:46:03 PM UTC-6, John Larkin wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:35:30 -0800 (PST), Andy > <andrewkennedy775@gmail.com> wrote: > > >I have been soldering for a lot of years, but all I had was a single 30W temp iron and no desolder gun. > > > >My new kit will have adjustable heat and a desoldering gun. > > > >That will be nice as it's been a bear trying to wick up solder and sling it away. > > I use wick, but mostly surface-mount. It's harder to wick thru-hole > parts. I don't reuse parts, so I can snip off all the leads before > desoldering. The board is important, the parts aren't. > > > > >I have been using my bench grinder brush to clean my tips. > > > >My current tip is at least a year old, but still heats great. > > > >What do you use ? > > Metcal. > > > > >What other tips do you have? > > Several sizes, and a really hot one for taking the insulation off > magnet wire. > > > -- > > John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc > > lunatic fringe electronics
The tips I was referring was the helpful kind, not the soldering ones :-) Andy
In article <95330d6d-5054-465f-a6e2-129778e82d7a@googlegroups.com>, 
andrewkennedy775@gmail.com says...
> > I have been soldering for a lot of years, but all I had was a single 30W temp iron and no desolder gun. > > My new kit will have adjustable heat and a desoldering gun. > > That will be nice as it's been a bear trying to wick up solder and sling it away. > > I have been using my bench grinder brush to clean my tips. > > My current tip is at least a year old, but still heats great. > > What do you use ? > > What other tips do you have? > > Some of the wire I have worked with is a dull silver, obviously not copper. > > What kind of wire is it? > > Thanks, > Andy
To clean the tips I use one of the brass or bronze type cleaners. It looks like one of the things used to clean pots and pans. The thing that looks like a big wad of flat metal strips. They usually come in a holder about the size of a baseball with one side cut out. I don't do a lot of soldering, but bought one of the hot air rework stations off ebay for about $ 60. It has an iron with several small tips and a hot air gun. The hot air gun works for the SMD, but also to remove the through hole ICs and sometimes to remove the daughter boards that have several pins to connect to the motherboard. The inexpensive one probably would not holdup to every day use (they do make some for around $ 300), but I just do it for a hobby. The dull silver may be aluminum. I have seen some hookup wire that was copper plated aluminum. Unless you have to use it , stay away from the lead free solder. Use the 60/40 or 63/37 solder. Use some liquid flux to help remove the solder. Flux the braid.
Thanks
On Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:12:00 -0800 (PST), Andy
<andrewkennedy775@gmail.com> wrote:

>On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:46:03 PM UTC-6, John Larkin wrote: >> On Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:35:30 -0800 (PST), Andy >> <andrewkennedy775@gmail.com> wrote: >> >> >I have been soldering for a lot of years, but all I had was a single 30W temp iron and no desolder gun. >> > >> >My new kit will have adjustable heat and a desoldering gun. >> > >> >That will be nice as it's been a bear trying to wick up solder and sling it away. >> >> I use wick, but mostly surface-mount. It's harder to wick thru-hole >> parts. I don't reuse parts, so I can snip off all the leads before >> desoldering. The board is important, the parts aren't. >> >> > >> >I have been using my bench grinder brush to clean my tips. >> > >> >My current tip is at least a year old, but still heats great. >> > >> >What do you use ? >> >> Metcal. >> >> > >> >What other tips do you have? >> >> Several sizes, and a really hot one for taking the insulation off >> magnet wire. >> >> >> -- >> >> John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc >> >> lunatic fringe electronics > >The tips I was referring was the helpful kind, not the soldering ones :-) > >Andy
English is a wonderful language. We have about 300,000 words, and each has many meanings. -- John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc lunatic fringe electronics
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:35:36 PM UTC-5, Andy wrote:
> I have been soldering for a lot of years, but all I had was a single 30W temp iron and no desolder gun. > > My new kit will have adjustable heat and a desoldering gun. > > That will be nice as it's been a bear trying to wick up solder and sling it away. > > I have been using my bench grinder brush to clean my tips. > > My current tip is at least a year old, but still heats great. > > What do you use ? > > What other tips do you have? > > Some of the wire I have worked with is a dull silver, obviously not copper. > > What kind of wire is it? > > Thanks, > Andy
I've had a Weller WTCPT for years, actually I have two, one with a fine tip and another big burly one. Tips have a coating and shouldn't need grinding... that might just make them age faster. (The production people have Metcal's and like them.) For sucking solder out of through holes I love my DP-100 desoldering pump. I'm not any good at using solder wick. George H.
In article <farj6d5hta18bqsnsbq6956hf32b45j5vv@4ax.com>, 
jjlarkin@highlandtechnology.com says...
>
> > > >The tips I was referring was the helpful kind, not the soldering ones :-) > > > >Andy > > English is a wonderful language. We have about 300,000 words, and each > has many meanings.
And England english is sometimes different than American english. Some words that mean the same are not even spelled the same.
On Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:46:19 -0800, John Larkin wrote:

> English is a wonderful language. We have about 300,000 words, and each > has many meanings.
But none with as many meanings as the German word 'zug' AFAIK. -- This message may be freely reproduced without limit or charge only via the Usenet protocol. Reproduction in whole or part through other protocols, whether for profit or not, is conditional upon a charge of GBP10.00 per reproduction. Publication in this manner via non-Usenet protocols constitutes acceptance of this condition.
On Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:02:10 -0800, George Herold wrote:

> For sucking solder out of through holes I love my DP-100 desoldering > pump. I'm not any good at using solder wick.
They can be too aggressive on some boards, though. It's not nice when you find a half inch of trace hanging out the end of your pump. :( -- This message may be freely reproduced without limit or charge only via the Usenet protocol. Reproduction in whole or part through other protocols, whether for profit or not, is conditional upon a charge of GBP10.00 per reproduction. Publication in this manner via non-Usenet protocols constitutes acceptance of this condition.