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Old 10-14-2017, 12:05 PM   #1
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Just reading temperature is more important consideration than wattage, and a 60/40 mix of tin, and lead being optimum

I've been looking at the stations/holders you get, tip shapes, and best solder diameter.

What's everyone's using, and things they found useful?. I have a few cheap guitars I'll be practicing on before working on my main.
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I have a 25 watt pencil soldering iron from Radio Shack and it works well for electronics. I use rosin core solder for electronics likely purchased at Radio Shack. The solder is a thin wire about the size of wire in a paper clip. I made a soldering iron stand from a couple blocks of wood and wire from a coat hanger.
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I use a tall glass jar which used to be a spaghetti sauce jar as my soldering stand. Is that bad?
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If it works then it works.

I avoid glass because it breaks into sharp fragments if I drop it.
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I use a tall glass jar which used to be a spaghetti sauce jar as my soldering stand. Is that bad?
If you stick the iron in when you first open it, you can save cleaning a pot.

This is the iron I got: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Seems reliable enough. I got a bunch of different tips too.

I found this indispensible: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I find these useful: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And a good wire stripper.

Great tip I found: if you have an impossibly thin wire to strip, put a lighter under it, and burn the sheathing off.
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I use an Aven 400 Series 60 watt variable temp station for more precise applications. It goes from dead cold to 350 degrees C in about 25 seconds and variable up to 800 degrees, but for guitar/amp wiring, I generally keep it at 375 degrees and use 60/40 rosin.



I also use a 900 watt Weller soldering gun for quick solder jobs that don't require me to fit into small places and use that mostly for 12-14 gauge speaker wires.
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I use an Aven 400 Series 60 watt variable temp station for more precise applications. It goes from dead cold to 350 degrees C in about 25 seconds and variable up to 800 degrees, but for guitar/amp wiring, I generally keep it at 375 degrees and use 60/40 rosin.



I also use a 900 watt Weller soldering gun for quick solder jobs that don't require me to fit into small places and use that mostly for 12-14 gauge speaker wires.
There, now that is deluxe! I used to use a similar setup at work years ago (I was an electronics bench tech for many years, component level repair on circuit boards). That with a clean tinned tip will create perfect solder joints when one has the hang of soldering.
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I have a 25 watt pencil soldering iron from Radio Shack and it works well for electronics. I use rosin core solder for electronics likely purchased at Radio Shack. The solder is a thin wire about the size of wire in a paper clip. I made a soldering iron stand from a couple blocks of wood and wire from a coat hanger.
The rosin solder seems quite popular. Great with diy holder.

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I use a tall glass jar which used to be a spaghetti sauce jar as my soldering stand. Is that bad?
Im going to go irresponsible, and say yes thats good lol.

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If it works then it works.

I avoid glass because it breaks into sharp fragments if I drop it.
HAHA...yes glass tends to do that...good un.


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If you stick the iron in when you first open it, you can save cleaning a pot.

This is the iron I got: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Seems reliable enough. I got a bunch of different tips too.

I found this indispensible: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I find these useful: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And a good wire stripper.

Great tip I found: if you have an impossibly thin wire to strip, put a lighter under it, and burn the sheathing off.
Thanks for the links.

I do like the kits you can buy rather than just buying the solder on its own. Does the de solder pen work?.

I like those helping hands, and have seen a few use them.

That shrink tubing is a good thing to have.

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I use an Aven 400 Series 60 watt variable temp station for more precise applications. It goes from dead cold to 350 degrees C in about 25 seconds and variable up to 800 degrees, but for guitar/amp wiring, I generally keep it at 375 degrees and use 60/40 rosin.



I also use a 900 watt Weller soldering gun for quick solder jobs that don't require me to fit into small places and use that mostly for 12-14 gauge speaker wires.
Dman thats a top o the ranger.

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Desolder pen? You talking about the solder sucker? Only so-so. It's decent for desoldering. The solder wick may work better, but I haven't tried it yet. I made a hot mess when I did the pups on my CV with a cheap iron.
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If you stick the iron in when you first open it, you can save cleaning a pot.

This is the iron I got: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Seems reliable enough. I got a bunch of different tips too.

I found this indispensible: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I find these useful: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And a good wire stripper.

Great tip I found: if you have an impossibly thin wire to strip, put a lighter under it, and burn the sheathing off.
That lens thingy is something I should have! With my bad old eyes,and I was just guessing where I stick my tip at and where my solder is touching. And, why didn't anyone tell me there's plastic shrink wraps?!! I hate wrapping my tiny unshielded ground wires with electrical tape!
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