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    #31
    i can solder with my eyes closed.

    My fingers are all burned.
    THE CRUNCHYTOWN HERALD
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    • Bulldog
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      You can sometimes smell it before you feel it

      Smells real bad and you know it’s gonna hurt

    #32
    Originally posted by pigger View Post

    We had to solder to IPC-610 guidelines at "work". I usually gave the work to assemblers, who were paid to solder and did it well.

    I solder at home with a Weller similar to what was posted above, when necessary.
    The government has very strict guidelines.
    I soldered for decades at work and at home, without and issue. That is until I took a class from a guy that taught soldering to workers doing government work.

    Then the instructor would look at the solder joint under a magnifier like this.
    They are very handy and worth having.

    https://www.toolots.com/rt301-01-led...chine%20Lights

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      #33
      Originally posted by Puddin Tane View Post

      The government has very strict guidelines.
      I soldered for decades at work and at home, without and issue. That is until I took a class from a guy that taught soldering to workers doing government work.

      Then the instructor would look at the solder joint under a magnifier like this.
      They are very handy and worth having.

      https://www.toolots.com/rt301-01-led...chine%20Lights
      I also got one of those when I started building stuff to sell.

      My back needs all the help it can get.

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        #34
        Originally posted by Puddin Tane View Post

        The government has very strict guidelines.
        I soldered for decades at work and at home, without and issue. That is until I took a class from a guy that taught soldering to workers doing government work.

        Then the instructor would look at the solder joint under a magnifier like this.
        They are very handy and worth having.

        https://www.toolots.com/rt301-01-led...chine%20Lights
        Yeah, we had those errywhere. Many of the parts/leads were so small that the assemblers worked using microscopes.

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          #35
          If you ever have some extra buckeroos, a soldering rework station is very handy.



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            #36
            I've never soldered with lead-free solder, no idea what that's like.

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              #37
              Originally posted by pigger View Post
              I've never soldered with lead-free solder, no idea what that's like.
              Don't bother lead free sucks. It also needs more heat.
              Shine is not what you look for with lead free solder. It don't flow nicely either and kind of balls up


              You're a hobbyist not a manufacturing facility, so hopefully you'll never solder enough or toss out enough solder to make a difference to your health or the environment.




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                #38
                Originally posted by pigger View Post

                Yeah, we had those errywhere. Many of the parts/leads were so small that the assemblers worked using microscopes.
                I soldered with a microscope a few times.

                Definitely wanna lay offa the coffee if you're gonna do this.

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                  #39
                  Originally posted by Puddin Tane View Post

                  Don't bother lead free sucks. It also needs more heat.
                  Shine is not what you look for with lead free solder. It don't flow nicely either and kind of balls up


                  You're a hobbyist not a manufacturing facility, so hopefully you'll never solder enough or toss out enough solder to make a difference to your health or the environment.



                  I toss lead out in relatively small increments; typically 90 to 500 grains at a time. Sometimes this will happen several hundred times on a given day.

                  I no longer work in a manufacturing environment.

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                    #40
                    Originally posted by dinkleburg View Post

                    I soldered with a microscope a few times.

                    Definitely wanna lay offa the coffee if you're gonna do this.
                    I was amazed at what some of the more talented assemblers could do; miracle workers.

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                      #41
                      I've gotten quit good at soldering. At first, my soldering skills were not great.
                      Soon, my skills got better due to replacing pots, caps, pickups and switches.

                      I recently ordered some custom push / push concentric ( 2 in 1 pots) potentiometers.
                      Every guitarist and bassist should learn how to solder, you don't have to wait on a repairman's bench time / purgatory and you could, after a while, do better custom work that suits your liking.

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                        #42
                        I used to build portable cases for Hammond organs. over a hundred solder connections installing them in the case.

                        im also pretty good a sweating copper

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                          #43
                          PRO TIP: don't solder on your lap when nakid.

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