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Old 11th December 2009, 04:55 PM   #31
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My post #23 (a reply to a post of yours as it happens) shows you where to get 63/37 in the UK. You are wasting your time as a hobbyist with the lead free whether it is eutectic or not, I'm surprised that article you linked to has not put you off.
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Old 21st December 2009, 11:55 PM   #32
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OK, admit fallibility. I read your post and it was the first place I went to look, but as I said I continued looking and got mind boggled. The article did put me off, but also made me think I hadn't done to badly so far with my rubbish solder. the new lower melting point stuff is definitely friendlier. Will try your recommendation next, and thanks.
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Old 22nd December 2009, 12:17 AM   #33
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.....and especially the corrosive action of silver on the soldering equipment as I struggle to keep my tips shiny despite doing what I am supposed to.
Interesting; my iron tips always dissolve like sugar cubes in hot water.

I use silver bearing solder exclusively and have always blamed the tip damage on the flux. No way would I ever switch to standard tin/lead solder though, this silver stuff makes beautiful joints.
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Old 22nd December 2009, 08:49 PM   #34
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I've had the same tip for years. The 63/37 I use looks pretty amazing to me.

Click the image to open in full size.

On the other hand, if you are getting on with the low melting lead free then maybe stick with it.
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Old 22nd December 2009, 11:01 PM   #35
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I think your solder/soldering looks pretty good too, I only bought tiny amounts of the other stuff to experiment with the differences, your solder is next on the list to try. I'm not exactly doing anything critical right now so it's just 'fun'. Is that sad.

Interesting that your tip has lasted years, I think this is one of the most relevant points. Getting a new camera for Christmas so maybe I'll learn how to upload a photo one day!
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Old 22nd December 2009, 11:20 PM   #36
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35 posts you still left me room for the 3 principles of good soldering...

1. Cleanliness

2. Cleanliness

3. Cleanliness

You can solder most anything metal but you need the right flux and sometimes you need to abrade the surface immediately before soldering. Sometimes you need a specialist solder.

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Old 23rd December 2009, 11:54 PM   #37
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I've had the same tip for years.
I can barely make it through a single project with the same tip.

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Old 24th December 2009, 01:24 AM   #38
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Any Melbourne-ittes know where to easily get hobbyist quantities of 63/37?
Jaycar, Altronics etc. only seem to stock the usual 60/40.
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