The art of soldering

As a friend pointed out to me recently, most people are rotten at soldering (you know who are are, gloppy blobbers). I am included among the lame solderers, and decided to say “bullshit – this is a skill I can acquire”, so my first stop, as usual, was wikipedia. Their article, while informative, was not as helpful as the first external link they pointed to:

Soldering 101.*

Very good stuff and ad-free, which is surprising. BTW, wikipedia is having another fundraiser and it’s a good cause so if you can, go donate blah blah etc. Oh and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – I have a feeling it’s going to be a very good year.

* Update 12-15-2016: Time keeps ticking, and that page above is no longer active. This page is just as good or better, and some nice helpful guys there, too (Hi Sam and Max!):

The Art of Soldering.

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#1 code on 01.21.09 at 12:30 am

As someone who has soldered for 35 years now, 20 of that professionally, I’m having a one-on-one soldering school soon. Cost of admission = one world-class beer (no BMC).

Let me know if you’re interested.

Class covers proper iron selection, iron cleaning, temperature control, your friend mr. flux, tinning, alloys, heatsinking, fine-pitch devices, and plenty of humor.

code

#2 Dave on 01.27.09 at 7:15 pm

count me in on that class there, Tex.