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AlanWinstanley
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Re: Book to learn better soldering ??
AlanWinstanley   8/15/2013 10:45:59 AM
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@ MohKraats  

That image was just one from a sequence of text and images. The snapshot showed the moment when solder was being raised away again after applying a sufficient amount to the joint already. The solder wire was "in the air" between the lens and the joint, and was not resting on the iron itself. That's just when the radio trigger caught it on camera.

In the accompanying text that unfortunately you did not see, I explained that the soldering iron has to heat all parts of the joint and solder is then applied to the joint. I also explain the basics of conduction, power ratings and heat sinking out of the iron, so that beginners get to understand what's happening when they choose and use a soldering iron for the first time.

I don't claim to be the world's greatest at anything but after 40+ years I'm not a beginner either! :)

 -- Alan Winstanley

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Re: Soldering course for engineers
MeasurementBlues   8/15/2013 10:12:59 AM
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@Max, You mean like this? A little excess solder, but it worked and has apparently survived the summer at overnight camp. The pull-up-resistor lets a mini-USB cable charge an mp3 player. Customer Is Happy, but I'm Not.



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Re: Soldering class
Max The Magnificent   8/15/2013 9:59:19 AM
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@kfield: Ah, heck with dinner. Let's go straight to the drinks!


Good Grief -- you are a real engineer!

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Re: Soldering class
Max The Magnificent   8/15/2013 9:57:58 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: You know where to find me.

"Of all the knish bars in all the world..."

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Re: I feel your pain
Max The Magnificent   8/15/2013 9:56:53 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: ...but the fact that I can't see the parts very well.

Growing old is a real pain ... so I'm not going to do it anymore :-)

In my case I'm short-sighted -- so I can see things close up without my glasses -- it's things that are further away that cause me problems.

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Re: Soldering class
kfield   8/15/2013 9:56:15 AM
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@measurementblues  Ah, heck with dinner. Let's go straight to the drinks!

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Re: Soldering class
MeasurementBlues   8/15/2013 9:55:27 AM
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"it would be fun to have dinner with you and just hear war stories!"

You know where to find me.

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Re: I feel your pain
MeasurementBlues   8/15/2013 9:54:10 AM
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These days, my problem with solding has nothing to do with solder, but the fact that I can't see the parts very well. If I take off my glasses, then my face is so close to the hot soldering iron that I can feel the heat. Even a soldering iron with LEDs doesn't help.



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Re: Bah humbug about soldering's importance
Max The Magnificent   8/15/2013 9:52:37 AM
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@JackOfManyTrades: I'd argue they're not real MECHANICAL engineers.

Hey -- some of my best friends are mechanical engineers (well, they would be if I knew any :-)

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