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Splattering solder into eye?

Started by Peter Hucker October 25, 2008
On 2020-08-17 23:44, Michael_A_Terrell wrote:
> AK wrote: >> >> How are you managing to splatter solder that far? >> >> Solder melts, not explodes. > > >    Only a fool would believe that. > >    I was re-soldering a lug on a tube socket of some Military surplus > when I was about 16. The bad joint was full of rosin that tossed the > solder about 18 inches and onto my bare thigh. It was summertime, and I > didn't expect it. It was too hot for pants, so I received a nasty burn > that took months to heal. It looked like someone had put out a cigar on > my skin. The burn was bigger than a US nickle. > > I've had cheap rosin cored solder do similar, but not near as much > molten solder. I switched to Ersin Multicore in 1970 and never looked back.
Maybe we can get into a my-favourite-editor argument about solder. ;) I'm a Kester 44 man all the way--I have a lot of well-aged junkbox parts, and RA flux is the bomb. Cheers Phil Hobbs -- Dr Philip C D Hobbs Principal Consultant ElectroOptical Innovations LLC / Hobbs ElectroOptics Optics, Electro-optics, Photonics, Analog Electronics Briarcliff Manor NY 10510 http://electrooptical.net http://hobbs-eo.com
Phil Hobbs wrote:
> On 2020-08-17 23:44, Michael_A_Terrell wrote: >> AK wrote: >>> >>> How are you managing to splatter solder that far? >>> >>> Solder melts, not explodes. >> >> >> Only a fool would believe that. >> >> I was re-soldering a lug on a tube socket of some Military surplus >> when I was about 16. The bad joint was full of rosin that tossed the >> solder about 18 inches and onto my bare thigh. It was summertime, and >> I didn't expect it. It was too hot for pants, so I received a nasty >> burn that took months to heal. It looked like someone had put out a >> cigar on my skin. The burn was bigger than a US nickle. >> >> I've had cheap rosin cored solder do similar, but not near as much >> molten solder. I switched to Ersin Multicore in 1970 and never looked >> back. > > Maybe we can get into a my-favourite-editor argument about solder. ;) > I'm a Kester 44 man all the way--I have a lot of well-aged junkbox > parts, and RA flux is the bomb.
They used Kester at Cincinnati Electronics. I got into an argument with the DCAS inspector. He insisted that Ersin didn't meet the contract requirements. I brought i an empty spool to show him that it was QQ571 certified. It is also RA solder. I have .031" and .015" with multiple flux cores. It wetted better than the Kester on old parts and rework. Some people preferred the Alpha solder that Heathkit supplied with their kits, because the like how the burning flux smelled. I was desperate once and ad to buy some Oatey. They crap spitted and sputtered, as it rolled off the joint you were trying to solder, leaving the work covered in some plastic smelling flux. I have almost ten pounds of Tin/Antimony solder. It did a beautiful job, when it was all I had on hand to put together the 2" and 3" copper plumbing for a TV transmitter. That job was a PITA. Some character had repaired leaks from bad solder by brazing over leaks at irreplaceable brass fittings that were almost 40 year sold. -- Never piss off an Engineer! They don't get mad. They don't get even. They go for over unity! ;-)