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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #50 on: Sat, 27 April 2013, 01:36:35 »
I seldom use it, not recommended, but it works.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #51 on: Sat, 27 April 2013, 09:04:39 »
I seldom use it, not recommended, but it works.

And for the noobs monitoring this thread, when and how do you use the flux?

It doesn't appear to be necessary on keyboards, but apparently it "cleans things up". What exactly does it clean and how do you use it to clean?

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #52 on: Sat, 27 April 2013, 09:11:59 »
Related note, how bad for you IS solder smoke? I'm sort of planning on getting set up in an attic becuase it's otherwise unused (sort of like alone time) but there are no windows, and running any sort of venting would require crawling through the rafters which really isn't my cup of tea. Is it possible to use lead free solder and not worry about the fumes, or is there some sort of air purifier that I could invest in that would clean the crap out of the air as I work? Maybe a mask?

Leaded solder used to give me ridiculous headaches if I didn't use the vents in the room after like 15 minutes. I would HIGHLY recommend you don't solder in an enclosed space until you figure out how to ventilate the area. I think Kawa posted how to make some cheap fume sucker/blow/fan things made out of cheapo Walmart fans and ducting. Let me go see if I can find it...or maybe Smallfry will see this post and link it.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #53 on: Sat, 27 April 2013, 09:46:59 »
I use plumbers flux when I really need flux. Otherwise I just don't use flux.

You'd better get a proper flux pen to do that SMD work, bro.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #54 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 16:56:45 »
Hm, to build a manly table out of wood, sweat and blood or buy a plastic folding table like I use for my bedroom desk...

This is a question that you all should answer here.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #55 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 17:11:29 »
Hm, to build a manly table out of wood, sweat and blood or buy a plastic folding table like I use for my bedroom desk...

This is a question that you all should answer here.
Make one yourself. I built one in like 2-3 hours out of wood and used an MDF sheet as a top. Sturdiest desk I have ever owned and only cost about 30. + It's huge
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #56 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 17:18:03 »
Hm, to build a manly table out of wood, sweat and blood or buy a plastic folding table like I use for my bedroom desk...

This is a question that you all should answer here.
Make one yourself. I built one in like 2-3 hours out of wood and used an MDF sheet as a top. Sturdiest desk I have ever owned and only cost about 30. + It's huge

That's exactly what I'm planning (I have a "scrap" piece of 3cm MDF that's a little over 1 sq meter).

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #57 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 17:20:06 »
Hm, to build a manly table out of wood, sweat and blood or buy a plastic folding table like I use for my bedroom desk...

This is a question that you all should answer here.
Make one yourself. I built one in like 2-3 hours out of wood and used an MDF sheet as a top. Sturdiest desk I have ever owned and only cost about 30. + It's huge

That's exactly what I'm planning (I have a "scrap" piece of 3cm MDF that's a little over 1 sq meter).

Melamine fiberboard should make a good top, just try not to burn through it
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #58 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 17:21:35 »
Hm, to build a manly table out of wood, sweat and blood or buy a plastic folding table like I use for my bedroom desk...

This is a question that you all should answer here.
Make one yourself. I built one in like 2-3 hours out of wood and used an MDF sheet as a top. Sturdiest desk I have ever owned and only cost about 30. + It's huge

That's exactly what I'm planning (I have a "scrap" piece of 3cm MDF that's a little over 1 sq meter).
Sweet. How're you planning to do the frame?

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #59 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 22:11:02 »
Hm, to build a manly table out of wood, sweat and blood or buy a plastic folding table like I use for my bedroom desk...

This is a question that you all should answer here.
Make one yourself. I built one in like 2-3 hours out of wood and used an MDF sheet as a top. Sturdiest desk I have ever owned and only cost about 30. + It's huge

That's exactly what I'm planning (I have a "scrap" piece of 3cm MDF that's a little over 1 sq meter).
Sweet. How're you planning to do the frame?

2x4s.  Pics will come as I actually build. Gotta rearrange garage.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #60 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 22:31:51 »
Leaded solder used to give me ridiculous headaches if I didn't use the vents in the room after like 15 minutes. I would HIGHLY recommend you don't solder in an enclosed space until you figure out how to ventilate the area. I think Kawa posted how to make some cheap fume sucker/blow/fan things made out of cheapo Walmart fans and ducting. Let me go see if I can find it...or maybe Smallfry will see this post and link it.

Incidentally I got a couple large lab tables from a school sale (they were demoing it and selling everything that wasn't being replaced, 2 high quality tables for 10 bucks each, woot.) so I just set the whole thing up where my PC is now located.
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #61 on: Sun, 28 April 2013, 23:44:39 »


Today's work included cleaning, reorganizing the garage and getting power to where I wanted to set up my work area.  Here's where I stopped:


Tomorrow, I'll either be running to a fry's/wherever else to get the rest of my equipment and then building the table itself.  Expect a basic write-up with materials used when it's finished.
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #62 on: Mon, 29 April 2013, 13:01:21 »
If you want to buy an Edsyn Soldapullt for desoldering, please buy it direct from Edsyn. Their customer service phone number is 818-989-2324. Their customer service reps are very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. They will also usually quote you a lower price than what is listed on their web site (www.edsyn.com). The DS017 is the one I bought from them.

I have a hunch that some of the "Soldapullt" tools sold by Techni Tool through Amazon are knockoffs. Also, I know Amazon is convenient, but they are evil. Don't buy from Amazon, buy direct!

I'm just letting everyone know that I ordered mine from Amazon, received it today, and can confirm that it comes with the original Edsyn packaging. Thus, I think it's safe to assume that the ones sold on Amazon are original, not knock offs.

Edit: I took a pic of the unopened product

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #63 on: Mon, 29 April 2013, 18:14:17 »
here's the same magnifying lamp as the one in the OP for a buck cheaper, and if you have Prime you get free 2 day shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038D8O7W/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and is this thing worth it over the damp sponge?

http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-Cleaner-599B-02-Non-Corrosive-Needed/dp/B000PDQORU/ref=pd_sim_hi_4
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #64 on: Mon, 29 April 2013, 19:55:57 »
the damp sponge causes a sharp drop in temp at the tip, whether that's damaging or not is up to you.  At $10, i think it's a no-brainer but YMMV.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #65 on: Mon, 29 April 2013, 20:00:15 »
And to answer a question from earlier in the thread:

Flux is used to help make solder "flow" onto the hot sides of the joint.  The flux melts at a lower temperature than the solder, and it basically cleans the impurities/oxidization/whatever off the metal, which lets the solder bond against the metal.  It's usually some kind of pine or spruce rosin.  Exposure to fumes is not really good -- beyond the obvious things it would do to you like irritate your lungs, it makes you more sensitive to the fumes, which sets up the kind of feedback loop you want to avoid on your body.  Have a window open or a fan.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #66 on: Mon, 29 April 2013, 20:05:13 »
Might I suggest throwing a multimeter on the OP as well? for a lot of DIY projects if you're dealing with soldering, you might have to know power flow too.

As TJ mentioned, Fluke is the cream of the crop for multimeters.

Here's my input.
I purchased this multimeter awhile back: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JQ4O2U/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It works really well and is a good price, currently at $33.  One thing I like about it is that the terminals light up to indicate which ones the leads should be connected to.  This is really helpful if you're anything like me and cannot for the life of you remember to switch terminals when switching from voltage to current.  A minor feature, but appealing nonetheless.
In addition to that, it reads voltages, currents, and confirms continuity.  Everything I want it to.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #67 on: Tue, 30 April 2013, 20:30:02 »
60/40 solder link was busted, so that was deleted.

Replaced the hakko fx888d and magnifying lamp link with cheaper options for both.  Added a hakko fx808 link that was from same seller as the 888d

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #68 on: Tue, 30 April 2013, 21:14:40 »
do we have anyone here that does fine SMD work for pay? i have a project that need more skill then what i have. i need to mount 1.5mm square package on 7 pads (x14). the PCB is 12" x 6".

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #69 on: Tue, 30 April 2013, 21:25:50 »
I'm sure there are a handful that will give you a shout.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #70 on: Tue, 30 April 2013, 22:33:37 »
Weller WLC100, extra tips and flux ordered.
Thanks a lot for this guide, tjcaustin! Really came in handy, and I am sure it will continue to come in handy for me in the future too.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #71 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 05:53:46 »
To echo what Glissant said, I think I've referred a ton of ppl to this thread already and I'm going to be buying a Weller soon myself. Thanks for compiling all this into one thread TJ

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #73 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 09:57:45 »
JD, does that mean you solder faster too?

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #74 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 10:44:17 »
Pace howto - uses $silly tools and tips but is still of interest:

NASA soldering requirements - good for everyone: http://workmanship.nasa.gov/lib/insp/2%20books/links/sections/601%20General%20Requirements.html

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #75 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 10:47:24 »
Because flames make everything cooler...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hakko-FX888D-23BY-FX888-Digital-Soldering-Station-W-Flame-Decals-RC-Slot-Racers-/171029853721

If I could get just the decals, I would totally buy that.  :p They're silly and I'd probably regret doing it, but I still think it's fun.

BTW, I setup my soldering station over the weekend.


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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #76 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 11:31:32 »
I found branded decals for the Hakko 936 (or it's clone, the Yihua 936).

Purchase 936 decals here:
(blue) http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?CID=70,289&PID=4564&Page=1 $17.37 + tax
(orange) http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?PID=4565&Page=1

HobbyKing has the Yihua 936: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__19240__Soldering_Station_with_Adjustable_Heat_Range_USA_Warehouse_.html $16.51 + $13.11 shipping





mashby found the Hakko branded decals for the FX-888 on HakkoUSA.com.

Purchase FX-888 decals here: http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?PID=5027&Page=1 $16.67 + tax

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #78 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 13:44:24 »
I do not see any cutters mentioned  yet and thought this might help others

Xcelite 170M General Purpose Shearcutter, Diagonal, Flush Jaw, 5" Length, 3/4" Jaw length, Red Grip
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #79 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 13:46:16 »
I do not see any cutters mentioned  yet and thought this might help others

Xcelite 170M General Purpose Shearcutter, Diagonal, Flush Jaw, 5" Length, 3/4" Jaw length, Red Grip
http://www.amazon.com/Xcelite-170M-General-Shearcutter-Diagonal/dp/B0002BBZIS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367433764&sr=8-1&keywords=xcelite+170m

Not really needed for keyboards other than cutting LED wires, but still extremely useful


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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #80 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 13:55:31 »
I couldn't find the branded decals yet for the Hakko FX-888, but I did find some for the Hakko 936 (or it's clone, the Yihua 936).

Purchase 936 decals (only blue available) here: http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?CID=70,289&PID=4564&Page=1 $17.37 + tax

HobbyKing has the Yihua 936: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__19240__Soldering_Station_with_Adjustable_Heat_Range_USA_Warehouse_.html $16.51 + $13.11 shipping

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #81 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 15:35:25 »
They have the decals for the solder holder - http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?PID=5027&Page=1

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #82 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 15:47:28 »
They have the decals for the solder holder - http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?PID=5027&Page=1

That will actually cover an entire FX-888. It just shows half the decals. I just ordered one!

Nice find! Did you go through all their part numbers or something? I couldn't find it linked in their system, but I didn't dig too deep, I guess.

Edit: I guess I could have searched on the site for "DECAL" huh?  :confused:
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #83 on: Wed, 01 May 2013, 16:31:11 »
NASA soldering requirements - good for everyone: http://workmanship.nasa.gov/lib/insp/2%20books/links/sections/601%20General%20Requirements.html

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #84 on: Thu, 02 May 2013, 01:37:24 »
At ~$56 best bang for your buck is the UNI-T UT61E DMM. Just make sure you clean the leads with alcohol when you receive it.
Some reviews show it overshoots but others don't, it could be fixed on newer revisions?
It is one of the best DC and AC DMM that also has TRUE RMS.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNI-T-UT61E-AC-DC-Modern-Digital-Multimeter-gl-/251267628025?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a80b7bbf9

It has nice feature that tests smd components and  resistors with ease .



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The test socket that is included can be used when measuring resistors and capacitors, both SMD and leaded components. It can also be used for transistor test, but not on this DMM model. Including this type of test socket is much safer than making extra holes in the meter for test connections.
Note: This socket uses the mAuA terminal, instead of the COM terminal, i.e. it requires that the meter supports this.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #85 on: Thu, 02 May 2013, 10:33:10 »
could someone suggest a flux pen? I know there are alot of different types of flux and wanted to make sure I didn't get the wrong kind.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #86 on: Thu, 02 May 2013, 11:08:15 »
If anyone is interested in a quality soldering station, but you can't really afford more than $50 for an iron, some used Hakko 936 soldering bases with iron holders just popped up on eBay for $25 plus shipping each. There are 6 left as of now, since I bought 2 of them. This is the discontinued predecessor to the Hakko FX-888, which is also now discontinued, replaced by the Hakko FX-888D. You will need to purchase a Hakko 907 soldering iron to go with it, which you can get for $9 shipped.

You could get the Weller WLC100 soldering station brand new for about the same price, but the WLC100 doesn't have an actual temp control, it only varies the wattage to the iron.

Hakko 936 base $25 + shipping

Hakko 907 iron $8.99 + FS



could someone suggest a flux pen? I know there are alot of different types of flux and wanted to make sure I didn't get the wrong kind.

This one looks good to me: http://sra-solder.com/product.php/7045/141/sra_99_20_rma_rosin_flux_pen_refillable
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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #87 on: Thu, 02 May 2013, 12:07:36 »
If anyone is interested in a quality soldering station, but you can't really afford more than $50 for an iron, some used Hakko 936 soldering bases with iron holders just popped up on eBay for $25 plus shipping each. There are 6 left as of now, since I bought 2 of them. This is the discontinued predecessor to the Hakko FX-888, which is also now discontinued, replaced by the Hakko FX-888D. You will need to purchase a Hakko 907 soldering iron to go with it, which you can get for $9 shipped.

You could get the Weller WLC100 soldering station brand new for about the same price, but the WLC100 doesn't have an actual temp control, it only varies the wattage to the iron.

Hakko 936 base $25 + shipping

Hakko 907 iron $8.99 + FS

That's pretty nifty.  Right now I'm using a Weller with a homemade wattage adjuster made from a rotary dimmer.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #88 on: Thu, 02 May 2013, 13:25:14 »
I just desoldered and soldered my first switch. Feels good, man. :)

I'm using the Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station and the Edsyn Deluxe Soldapullt.

Thanks for all the info guys, WFD especially.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #89 on: Thu, 02 May 2013, 13:25:44 »
If your looking for some nice pliers and cutters look no further than lindstrom, the yellow 80 series is the way to go.

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« Reply #90 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 01:05:57 »
BTW, I setup my soldering station over the weekend.
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could someone suggest a flux pen? I know there are alot of different types of flux and wanted to make sure I didn't get the wrong kind.

It was just on the previous page:

http://www.amazon.com/Kester-951-Soldering-Low-Solid-No-Clean/dp/B004X4KOWS
http://sra-solder.com/product.php?xProd=7040

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #91 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 12:55:43 »
so looking at some Kester no clean flux solder whats better 245, 275, or 285

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #92 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 13:30:37 »
BTW, I setup my soldering station over the weekend.
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I just noticed that diskman in the background.  Way to rep it old school.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #93 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 16:05:08 »
BTW, I setup my soldering station over the weekend.
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I know that's not my youtube video on your notebook's screen...

You better BELIEVE it!  :cool:  I needed a refresher before I started.


I just noticed that diskman in the background.  Way to rep it old school.

LOL! I was wondering if anyone was going to catch that. I totally forgot that thing was still around. The funniest part was that there was a disc in it -- the soundtrack from Hackers. ROTFLMAO!

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #94 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 16:08:19 »
LOL! I was wondering if anyone was going to catch that. I totally forgot that thing was still around. The funniest part was that there was a disc in it -- the soundtrack from Hackers. ROTFLMAO!


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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #95 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 16:09:14 »
Ha! I was just about to post this:

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #96 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 16:10:03 »
Ha! I was just about to post this:

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                                KATE
                    What the hell are you doing?

                                DADE
                    It's cool, I'm just looking.

                                KATE
                    It's too much machine for you.

                                DADE
                    Yeah?

        Dade starts working furiously on it.

                                KATE
                    I hope you don't screw like you type.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #97 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 16:15:08 »
LOL! I was wondering if anyone was going to catch that. I totally forgot that thing was still around. The funniest part was that there was a disc in it -- the soundtrack from Hackers. ROTFLMAO!
At least it's not a cassette player or records. Now those are ancient


so looking at some Kester no clean flux solder whats better 245, 275, or 285

Any reason why you need no-clean if you're using solder wire? For keyboard application, it won't matter much between those 3. Just get the cheapest one. No-clean is good for liquid flux doing SMD work because most of it will just evaporate away.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #98 on: Fri, 03 May 2013, 16:32:50 »
The hackers soundtrack was AWESOME.  I still listen to it.  The movie was lame, lets be honest, but definitely a cult classic.

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Re: The Living Soldering Thread
« Reply #99 on: Sat, 04 May 2013, 01:45:39 »
Work area is ready and waiting for the soldering stuff that should have gotten here today, I'll post pics and a how-to if anyone cares.