Monthly Archives: December 2014

  • A Soldering Beginner's Shopping List

     

    Getting started in soldering?

     

    Here's a short list of things you're going to need as a beginner:

     

     

    It is hard to solder without soldering wire and flux. Before buying your wire, it's a good idea to read some reviews. You don't need to be an expert on all the different alloys out there, you'll learn a lot of what you need to know with practice and with time, but in the meantime, there are plenty of experts out there on the web who can lead you to a wire that matches your project.

    • Scrap Materials

    Having a few circuit boards, broken radios and remote controls around the house to practice with can help you to keep from having to learn as you go. If you don't have any scrap electronics laying around, browse a thrift store for anything with a circuit board in it.

    • Goggles and Gloves

    Some find heavy gloves to be restrictive when doing delicate soldering work, and some don't use gloves at all, but it's a good idea to practice safety first when starting out.

    If you don't own a basic soldering station already, then it goes without saying that you can't begin your project without one. Know that the best kits are not necessarily the most expensive, but the cheapest do tend to be less durable than mid-range models.

    • Pliers and Clamps

    The ability to keep everything where it needs to be is of the utmost importance when soldering. Pliers andclamps can help to stabilize your work surface for a safer, cleaner solder.

    Some basic cleaning sponges will help you to wipe the solder off the tip.

    Once you have all of this in order, you should be ready to embark on your beginner projects.

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